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Fly to Select European Cities on United and Earn Bonus Miles

United is offering a promotion now wherein if you fly between the US and select cities in Europe you earn 7,500 bonus miles for your first roundtrip and another 7,500 mile bonus for your second roundtrip.  You have to register before you fly (not before you buy your ticket, mind you, but before you fly – your ticket has to have been purchased after December 4, 2014 though) – Register Here.  You must also fly non-stop to the following cities:

  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Copenhagen (CPH)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Geneva (GVA)
  • London (LHR)
  • Munich (MUC)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • Zurich (ZRH)

As you can see, this isn’t for every destination United visits in Europe (missing quite a few actually).  As always, you need to book a certain fare class to get this bonus as well — no-cheapo tickets allowed on this one.  You’ll need to book in Global First (F, A), BusinessFirst (J, C, D, Z, P) or Economy (Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, or W).  W fare isn’t necessarily too expensive though.

This promotion is only open for travel between January 16, 2015 and March 10, 2015.  You also need to fly on United (or Air Canada, see note below) and not on any other codeshare flight – Flying Lufthansa first won’t net you this bonus).

Bonus Miles - United to Europe - Graphic Courtesy of United Airlines

Bonus Miles – United to Europe – Graphic Courtesy of United Airlines

So how do you use this information?  Well, I sure wouldn’t be planning two trips to Europe in W fare or higher just to get 15,000 bonus miles (remember, these are redeemable miles, not Elite Qualifying Miles, which likely would have me reevaluating this bonus, but it’s not).  Go register for the promotion – just do it.  Do it even if you aren’t planning to on going to Europe in Q1/2015 – you never know if your plans may change. Do it even if you aren’t going to spend a bit more on a W fare ticket either – you never know if by the time you book that’s all that’s available.  Bottom line – this isn’t something you should mileage run on, but it costs nothing to sign up.  You’ll be kicking yourself if you could earn 15,000, but don’t because you’ve failed to click a link.

Also, for all the AirCanada Aeroplan folks out there, this promotion is good for you too. You can fly United or AirCanada, still to the listed cities above.  The full terms and conditions are listed at the bottom of the registration page.

Good luck and happy flying.


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