|by Jason Steele|
United Airlines, my favorite airline to kick around, is upping their credit card offer again. This time they are offering an unprecedented 50,000 bonus miles for their Chase credit card. Here are the details. You have to spend $250 to receive the bonus, which frankly, is a pittance. Yes, you can get get enough miles for two round trip domestic tickets, kind of like the Frontier deal that came and went.
It Is Not So Simple
United’s web site claims “Please note: This is offer is available to select members who are original recipients of a specific direct mail or email invitation. “ Remember, this is United, almost no information they supply is reliable. Sure enough, anyone can take advantage of this offer if you know a few tricks. Over at Flyertalk, someone found out how to call Chase and get the offer.
Step 1: Call United’s Mileage Plus Customer Service at 800-325-0046.
Step 2: Enter your Mileage Plus number but the wrong zip code.
Step 3: You will be transferred to a representative. When you speak to the representative ask about the offer.
Not only do people report receiving the 50,000 mile bonus offer, but they specifically say that the 50,000 miles are awarded after your first purchase, not after the $250 in spending. Some even report instant approvals over the phone.
Delta Matches, and Remembers
The Delta SkyMiles Amex is also making a similar offer, but these guys seem to have their act together a little bit more than United (not that that is saying much). If you go to this link, some people are seeing offers of up to 50,000 SkyMiles plus 4 SkyClub (lounge) passes. People are reporting more substantial spending requirements of $10,000 to receive the sign up bonus. Furthermore, they even seemed to know before I applied that I had a SkyMiles card last year, and am ineligible. United and Chase, on the other hand, tend to forget you once had a card a few years back.