United’s 70k miles offer will take you to Thailand

United Mileage Plus offer of 70k miles

United 70k Offer is a targeted offer to existing United Plus members. It is widely targeted so you likely only need to log in.

If your goal is to travel to Asia, the new United Mileage Plus offer seems like a solid strategy. While checking the new Basic Economy fares on United, I ran across this offer on the Complete Purchase page:

  • 70,000 United miles
  • $50 Statement credit
  • $3000 required spend in 3 months

The annual fee is not waived but the $50 statement credit has no requirements except a single purchase so for the first year, the annual fee is essentially $45.

A $3000 spend is easy. If you think you will have trouble meeting it, you can pay your rent or mortgage once or twice to help. Though, as usual, I recommend not getting into this habit due to common Credit Card Churning Pitfalls.

Add Authorized User

All Chase cards allow you to add an authorized user for 5,000 miles. The authorized user can be anyone in your family (and the card doesn’t ever need to be used). This will get you to 75,000 miles.

At least 78,000 miles

After the signup bonus, authorized user, and $3000 spend, you will have 78,000 miles with United. 2,000 more is all you need for a round trip to Bangkok! $45 + $32 (taxes) is a decent price for a vacation to Thailand!

Fly to Bangkok RT for 80,000 points.

A note on United’s new Basic Economy

If you fly United domestically, this card will also allow you to carry on a bag with United’s new Basic Economy. This actually makes Basic Economy useable in my opinion.

Does that mean you can keep this card? Well, $95 is a big fee to overcome with miles. The only reason I’d recommend keeping the card is if you fly United regularly in order to take advantage of early boarding and the new Basic Economy perk.


I love Khaosan

Deals on lodging can be found near the Khao San Road in Bangkok

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