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Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by lichenlt, Nov 16, 2011.
I assume you're talking about RDM (redeemable miles), not EQM (elite qualifying).
Credit card sign-up bonuses are probably the "cheapest" but it really depends on how you define it. This is for RDM only, though.
-Sign up for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Card/Continental OnePass Plus card for the 40k mile sign up bonus. Both cards have their annual fees waived the first year - just cancel before the first year is up. This is essentially a 30k bonus, as getting the last 10k miles require spending $25k on the card in a year. The card also gets you free bags on Continental and United.
-Sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred for the 50k bonus miles and transfer the Chase UR points to Continental miles (at a 1:1) ratio. This requires spending $3k on your card within the first 3 months of opening your account. The points won't post until the statement after you meet your spending threshold.
These strategies take some time, though, so if the time frame is important then the United award accelerator/OnePass Maximizer are instant, but certainly more expensive.
That depend on your time frame. If you want them today then you can use award accelerator to "purchase" miles for just over 2 cent each. I outlined the approach here http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...leage-plus-miles-from-expiring.969/#post-9557. If you have tons of time then you can start using the United shopping mall and their toolbar for your online purchases. That way you don't waste money.
The toolbar is a complete waste of time because it is run by Cartera. Write a script and run it in a VM and count yourself lucky if the miles post.
Other free but time consuming options are e-miles,e-rewards,mypoints. Cheap ones--dining bonuses for both ua and co, netflix sign up bonuses for both ua and CO, sharebuilder
do not use united shopping mall , it is broken read ft "months of miles"