Posted by Chuck on April 7, 2016
Free Miles/Points

Published on April 7th, 2016 | by Chuck


Free 500 United Miles for United MileagePlus Cardholders with MPX App

The Offer

United is offering 500 free United miles for MileagePlus cardholders who make their first purchase using the MPX app. (Android, iPhone)

A simple way to take advantage of this would be to buy a $5 Amazon gift card, for example, and get 512 United miles; 10 miles for the purchase, 2 miles for the 25% cardholder bonus, and 500 first-time-bonus miles.

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The Fine Print

  • MPX purchase must be made by July 31, 2016
  • Primary MileagePlus cardholders only
  • Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus miles to be credited

Our Verdict

This offer was reported on Reddit, and as far as I can tell from the fine print, this offer is not targeted and will hopefully work for any MileagePlus cardholder who never made a purchase using MPX.

Easy enough to buy a small gift card and trigger 500 United miles.

HT: gdq0 on Reddit

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Just downloaded the app and purchased a $5 amazon gc. After i paid it only showed 12 miles for the purchase 2./$ plus 25% bonus for united card but no 500 miles. Not sure if they’ll add it after or if for some reason i’m not eligible. There was no listing of the bonus anywhere on the website (is there a link?)

“Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus miles to be credited”

i saw that but on the order page there was no mention of the 500 points either before or after the order was placed. The only thing that showed was the 12 points (which hadnt been credit yet either)

I have some Visa Gift Card, can I use it to do the purchase through MPX to qualify this offer?

Will this work for no AF version of United MP card?

Will this work for the business version as well O.o?

for those of us who have used the MPX app before, will 500 United miles be awarded for making a purchase through MPX with a Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card?

For first time users only I think

Will this work for United MP card issued by other bank in the us, too? Mine is by First hawaiian bank.

Tilpoo Roberts
Tilpoo Roberts

Weird. Whoever know there was a HNB UA card. Can you explain why you’d pay 60 USD/year for a card with a 5000 mile signup bonus, and 2.5% forex fee, when you can get the Chase card for $95/year and (at least!) 30k miles with no forex?

Yes, you are right. I applied for this card because it was my local bank. With this card I can get 6% discount only at local mobil gas station. Now I keep this card to make my AAoA longer.

Well they are not technically ‘FREE’ miles


How do the transactions post? Would an Amazon purchase post as Amazon or as United? Curious for Category Bonus reasons…

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