Earn 1,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles by Spending $250.00 Shopping — But…
E ffective through Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time, you can earn 1,000 bonus United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles — in addition to the standard MileagePlus miles earned — during what is called the Spring bonus campaign at the MileagePlus Shopping portal by spending a minimum of $250.00 shopping for qualifying purchases on your favorite products from hundreds of participating retailers.
Earn 1,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles by Spending $250.00 Shopping
All you need to do to participate in this promotion is to click on the Shop Now button to earn your 1,000 bonus MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles — but you can only earn this bonus once.
Bonus MileagePlus miles will be issued based on your cumulative qualifying purchases made during the bonus period. Returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products are not included in the bonus award Mileage Plus miles eligibility calculation.
Please allow up to ten weeks after the conclusion of the bonus period for the 1,000 bonus award MileagePlus miles to post to your MileagePlus Shopping account. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.
Other terms and conditions may apply.
Although Unlikely, Expect Issues
Cartera Commerce, Incorporated is the company which operates the MileagePlus Shopping portal — as well as powers many of the shopping mall Internet web sites for airlines in addition to that of United Airlines — but the company has not had a perfect record with satisfaction amongst its customers.
One of the more well-known cases is that of FlyerTalk member Marathon Man, who sued Cartera Commerce, Incorporated for $7,000.00 plus expenses back in March of 2012, as he personally had greater than 300 outstanding mileage transactions with them which should have resulted in bonuses awarded to him from the United Airlines Months of Miles debacle of a promotion from August of 2011 of greater than 250,000 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles.
His court case case was heard in the historic town of Concord, Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:00 in the morning. The $7,000.00 plus expenses is the maximum for which he could sue in Massachusetts, which is the home state to both Marathon Man and the corporate headquarters of Cartera Commerce, Incorporated.
Although Marathon Man finally received the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flyer loyalty program miles which he was originally owed, FlyerTalk member CarteraCommerce — a company representative for Cartera — claimed that:
“In summary, the Magistrate ruled in favor of Cartera, which means that Cartera was not required to pay Marathon Man any part of the claim or costs outlined in the claim. There was no out-of-court settlement, and neither party is subject to any type of confidentiality agreement. Marathon Man did indeed receive all of the miles he requested Cartera to investigate, because Cartera’s customer care team successfully advocated on his behalf with each relevant merchant. Before he filed his lawsuit against Cartera, the customer care process had been completed for the missing miles inquiries discussed in his claim, and Cartera had requested that United Airlines move these awarded miles to his frequent flier account.”
A precedent was set in this case where the plaintiff was awarded the frequent flier loyalty program miles due to him, although there was no definitive indication as to whether or not he was reimbursed for his time and expenses — legal and otherwise.
Marathon Man speculated that FlyerTalk members had been adversely affected by other promotions involving Cartera Commerce, Incorporated, including the following:
- United Mileage Plus Shopping Toolbar
- OnePass shopping scams. Have you been a victim of it too?
- Groupon (Master Thread)
- The Cartera Comedy Club
- AA Miles for $0.00072 per mile (AA Shopping) – NOT HONORED
- Verizon/PriorityClub (IHG): $5 for 5300 PC — 0.094 CPM
- Verizon/DL: $5 for 2300 SkyPesos – 0.22 CPM
My Personal Experience
I can tell you that I personally had never received the 500 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles that I was supposed to have earned by installing their shopping portal toolbar into my Internet web browser software, nor had the toolbar search function earned me any miles in several months. The shopping portal toolbar had since been discontinued.
Chances are that you will not experience problems with this promotion — but be prepared to expect a less than flawless experience, just in case.
Still, I have sporadically used the shopping portals of at least two different airlines; and I have had no problems earning the proper amount of frequent flier loyalty program miles. Be aware that the adding of those miles can take as many as ten weeks; but if that happens after the expiration date of the miles in your account, take consolation of knowing that the date of the transaction is what counts and not when the transaction is approved.
If you intend to spend $250.00 anyway this week, you may as well earn 1,000 bonus award MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty miles in the process, which should extend the expiration date of the MileagePlus miles already in your account.
Source: United Airlines.