MileagePlus X (MPX) is an app that means that you can earn additional United Airways miles for buying with one in all their listed companions. The app’s been out for some time nevertheless it doesn’t get a lot dialogue. No surprises there, because it doesn’t appear like United cares an excessive amount of about this app both. The UI for iOS units are nonetheless geared for iPhone 5S and older, their fee processing instances are laggy, and their taking part companions haven’t modified a lot since launch.
Regardless of the stale consumer expertise there are nonetheless some nice makes use of for the app. I’m going to share 2 of my favourite methods to make use of the app down under. You’ll be able to skip forward when you already know find out how to use the app. For everybody else, I’ll present a quick information.
What do I want?
- An iOS or Android machine. You’ll be able to obtain the app by the App Retailer or the Play Retailer.
- MileagePlus account
- A credit score/debit card
- Non-obligatory: United co-branded card – this card will earn further bonus miles on prime
How does it work?
With MPX, you earn United miles by buying at designated outlets by the app. They’re listed like so:
Don’t get it twisted, there’s nothing fancy about how this app works. All you’re doing is buying a service provider e-gift card by the app and incomes bonus miles for it. You choose the retailer, choose the quantity you need, and course of the fee. As soon as it goes by, the app will show an e-gift voucher so that you can hand to the cashier or use on-line. It ought to look one thing like this:
You’ll be able to kind retailers primarily based on their proximity to you, by class, or by on-line retailers solely.
For brick-and-mortar retailers, the concept is to open the app on the register and pay by the app as a substitute of swiping your card on the register; that’s how United marketed this factor anyway. In apply this has been a clunky expertise for me. I used to be at Staples the opposite day buying ink and tried to undergo the app. I had actually unhealthy reception on the register so the app took without end to course of the fee.
You would at all times keep away from these conditions by buying the e-gift card first earlier than the transaction takes place. For instance, since I do know I’ll at all times be spending cash at Staples, I may buy $100 beforehand. This fashion it’s able to go on the register.
Which leads me to my subsequent level. The app shops all of your previous purchases so you possibly can at all times entry them later when you have a remaining stability on them.
Facet word: Present card resellers and on-line retailers present nice reductions too. For instance, Staples reward playing cards are sometimes on sale on eBay or elsewhere. I nonetheless follow MPX as a result of it’s handy.
When do I get the miles?
The miles are credited to your United account instantly.
What number of miles will I earn?
The app will present you what number of United miles you’ll earn by the app. If in case you have a United co-branded credit card related with the United account, you’ll earn an extra 25% miles.
Necessary word: Having a United bank card will add a everlasting 25% enhance to your earnings. You don’t should use the United card to make the acquisition, you simply have to have one related to the united account.
Along with the app, you’ll earn usually by your bank card. As a common rule, the transaction will undertake the spending class of the service provider you select. For instance, if I take advantage of my Chase Ink Daring to make a Staples buy on MPX, I’ll earn 5 UR/greenback for the Workplace Provide class and three.75 United miles/greenback by the app (3 miles + 25% United card bonus).
There are exceptions to this rule. As an example, AMEX used to categorize all MPX purchases below the journey class because the buy was acknowledged as a United Airways transaction. This was a preferred quirk that allowed many individuals to make use of up their AMEX Platinum journey credit by MPX. This specific methodology now not works, and though AMEX nonetheless codes MPX as journey, nobody appears to be getting any class bonuses from it.
Be aware that Chase is ready to acknowledge the true class appropriately, and doesn’t code all the pieces as journey. I do know that US Financial institution additionally categorizes MPX purchases as journey. For these of you with the Altitude card, I’d like to listen to whether or not you’re incomes additional factors for MPX purchases. I see some actual potential there if that’s the case.
Citi AT&T will code all the pieces in MPX as on-line purchases, so you’ll earn 3x TYP.
I’ve been listening to just lately that MPX began imposing a every day buy restrict of $500. I haven’t run into it but however it is best to hold that in thoughts.
My 2 favourite methods to make use of MPX
I’ll share 2 of my favourite makes use of for MPX. First one is somewhat private however the second could possibly be fairly helpful for many individuals.
Papa Johns (5 miles/greenback)
I really like pizza and Papa Johns runs promos regularly (when you’ve spent any time over at SlickDeals you’ll know this). Each time they run a promo I at all times ensure to make use of my greatest restaurant class card and undergo MPX. The web site means that you can embrace a tip, so your whole buy can run by MPX.
Workplace Depot/OfficeMax (5 miles/ greenback)
OD/OM pays out 5 United miles per greenback by MPX (plus 25% when you have a United card). That’s fairly beneficiant. If in case you have the Ink Enterprise card that earns 5 UR/greenback at Workplace Provide shops, that’s a killer mixture.
The explanation why that is so good for me is as a result of Workplace Depot has a beneficiant price-matching coverage. My favourite service provider to price-match is Amazon, since their costs are aggressive. So in impact, I will pay the identical value as I’d on Amazon and earn 5 UR/greenback + 6.25 United miles/greenback for the transaction. If in case you have Workplace Depot rewards or coupons, it solely will get higher from there.
Be aware: The merchandise should be shipped and offered by Amazon. Worth quotes by third get together sellers won’t qualify for the price-match.
The MPX app will get so little love as a result of there’s not lots to like. The app is clunky and impractical for many conditions and aggravating at instances. However there are nonetheless some cool makes use of for the app if you understand how to make use of it to your benefit.