I got an email recently that I thought I would share below.
You must have a Chase United Explorer credit card to receive the full 30,000 miles for the offer, however. So, what are 30,000 United miles worth? At worst, it’s a roundtrip, “saver” level economy-class flight from, let’s say, New York to San Francisco, a flight that can cost between $400-$600. You would also have 5,000 miles remaining. 5,000 miles is good for an inter-Hawaiian flight, but that’s about it (A roundtrip Mainland U.S.-Hawaii flight is actually 40,000 miles at the “saver” award level.). The full United award chart is linked here.
That amount be can thought of a couple different ways. First, you can state that switching to DIRECTV saved you $400-$600. However, this is only true if you were planning on going from New York to San Francisco before switching cable providers. If yes, profit! Second, if DIRECTV costs more than your current provider – like $400-$600 more – but has better customer service (Comcast subscribers, cough) / channels / channel quality / usability / what have you, then potentially you can justify paying more for the switch for those primary reasons and the NYC-SF flight is a secondary bonus. Those are really the extreme positions. Anything in between is, obviously, a personal cost-benefit analysis that I can’t help with! I’m just here to provide news of potential deals.
It’s also important to remember that the 30,000 mile bonus is only unlockable when you also have the Chase United Explorer credit card. That card currently offers 50,000 United miles as the signup bonus after completing a minimum spend, as well as 5,000 additional miles for adding an authorized user. This authorized user does not need to provide a social security number to receive the card, so feel free to add a family member, after asking politely, of course. The family member does not need to have access to the card and it will not be tied to their credit report or score in any way, so any interest or charges you incur will not hurt them in any way. You can also cancel the authorized user card after the 5,000 mile bonus posts.
Adding the credit card and the DIRECTV offer makes 85,000 miles. 80,000 miles can get you a roundtrip, business-class Mainland U.S.-Hawaii ticket at the “saver” label and leaves an additional 5,000 miles for one inter-island, economy-class flight. Those flights worth a lot more than $400-$600, considering tickets from the East Coast to Hawaii are often north of $900.
85,000 miles can also get you a one-way ticket in first-class to China, which only costs 70,000 miles at the “saver” level. I’m guessing that flight costs at least $5000, so you had a trip to China planned, congratulations! Again, the United award chart is here; feel free to play around.
I should explain the difference between “saver” and “standard” level tickets on United. United, and other airlines, too, often say that you can buy any ticket with miles. This is true, except it will cost you double miles. For instance, if there is one revenue, economy-class seat left for sale on the New York-Paris flight the weekend before Christmas, you can buy that ticket with miles. However, instead of costing you 55,000 miles, which is the “saver” price, it will cost 110,000 miles. I don’t recommend redeeming miles at the “standard” level price unless it is absolutely essential or you just don’t care. For myself, “standard” tickets mean halving my dreams – which is not my goal with this hobby.
Aesop time, now. Check the offer and see if it makes financial sense to you – 30,000 United miles is the best offer from a satellite TV provider I have yet seen.
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