What are United MileagePlus Miles Worth?

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As of October 2019, United MileagePlus miles are worth approximately $0.012 USD each. This means 1,000 MileagePlus miles are worth about $12.00 USD, and 50,000 MileagePlus miles are worth about $600.00 USD.

This also makes MileagePlus miles roughly equal in value to Delta and JetBlue miles, which are all valued at $0.012 USD each, but slightly less than valuable than Alaska, American, or Southwest miles.

Since flyers earn five MileagePlus miles for each dollar spent on airfare directly with United, before any elite status bonus, this means you get an effective rebate of 6% — in the form of MileagePlus miles — on spending with United.

Those with the highest elite status, Premier 1K, get an additional six miles per dollar spent on United airfare (equivalent to a 120% bonus), meaning they earn an effective rebate of 13.2%.

United has three co-branded cards issued by Chase that can also earn miles.

The co-branded Chase United Club Card with a $450 annual fee, earns two miles per dollar spent with United, and 1.5 miles per dollar spent on all other purchases. This works out to an effective rebate of 2.4% on United spending and 1.8% on all other purchases.

The co-branded Chase United Explorer Card with $95 annual fee, earns two miles per dollar spent with United, and 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases. This works out to an effective rebate of 2.4% on United spending and 1.2% on all other purchases.

The co-branded Chase United TravelBank Card with no annual fee, earns 2% per dollar spent with United, and 1.5% per dollar spent on all other purchases. Rewards accumulate in the form of United TravelBank cash, which can be applied as a credit towards United airfare. This works out to an effective rebate of 2.4% on United spending and 1.8% on all other purchases.

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