Need help completing minimum spend? It's your last chance to get the CIBC AC Conversion Card, which you can load with Visa and MasterCard to earn lots of points! Applying for the card is free. For more details, check out my post.
Choice Privileges is currently selling points with up to a 50% bonus. When stacked with several transfer bonuses, this is a way to purchase United for a very reasonable rate. While United MileagePlus isn’t as valuable as it was before, there are plenty of sweets spots available. Here’s how it works.
Choice Privileges 50% Purchase Bonus
New accounts (or at least the account I just opened) should get a 30% Bonus. You can buy a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year, excluding bonuses. With this promotion, each point costs:
- 30% Bonus: 0.84 cents
- 40% Bonus: 0.78 cents
- 50% Bonus: 0.73 cents
Choice to United 150% Transfer Bonus
Normally, Choice points transfer at a 5:1 rate to airlines. However, you can transfer 5,000 Choice Privileges miles to 2,500 United miles with this promotion, a 150% bonus.
You must transfer in increments of 1,000 points, with a 5,000 minimum.
United 30% Hotel Transfer Bonus
In addition, United is offering a 30% bonus on miles transferred from hotel programs – this includes Choice. You can earn a maximum 25,000 bonus United Miles with the bonus.
Using United Miles
Both of these promotions run until November 30, 2017, and allow you to get United miles when you buy Choice Privileges points and then convert them at the following price:
- 30% Bonus: 1.28 cents
- 40% Bonus: 1.20 cents
- 50% Bonus: 1.12 cents
If you 0 miles with both programs, you can still purchase 65,000 Choice points with the 30% bonus, and then transfer them to 42,250 United miles. One of my favourite redemptions is Thai Airways First Class.
This costs only 40,000 miles from Sydney to Hong Kong with United, and is one of the best values until their award chart changes November 1. With Aeroplan, this would cost 85,000 miles! If I bought 64,000 Choice points and converted them to 40,000 United miles, it would only cost me $539, which is a pretty phenomenal price.
United also doesn’t levy fuel surcharges, so you’d save with redemptions on Air Canada, Lufthansa, or Austrian to Europe that would normally top $500 one-way in taxes and fees. This is also a great opportunity to top-up your Choice Privileges or United MileagePlus balances since you can buy and transfer miles in increments of 1,000. If you need more United miles, you can also top up with Marriott points through Hotel and Air packages or RewardsPlus.
Purchase Choice Points Today with Up to a 50% Bonus!