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Old 02-11-2019, 03:28 PM
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I recently purchased 2 very expensive one-way tickets, on United Airlines, for two family members. This purchase "earned" approx. 12,000 (Twelve thousand) frequent flyer (or whatever they call it) miles, per ticket. United tells me the miles are in the name of the passengers ticketed, NOT me, who paid for the tickets, on my credit card. United say for approx. $400, per ticket, I can transfer each of the 12,000 miles, to my and my wife's name. This would basically earn us each a trip to Europe.

Is it worth the $400? We would like to fly to Europe (Italy) soon. I haven't flown in 15 years and don't know about this stuff. Thanks.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:33 PM
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Your family members should be able to just transfer the miles back to you.
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Price the tickets to Europe. If the tickets would be significantly more than $400 each, then it may just be worth it for you.
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For future, you should be able to transfer those miles, BUT. Most major frequent flyer rewards programs set a cap on the number of miles that can be transferred between accounts. For example, United only allows 15,000 miles per year to be transferred and charges 1.5 cents per mile transferred, plus a $35 service fee. These limitations apply even for immediate family members, like spouses or children.

That is your 200 bucks per 12k miles.

For future, consider getting a miles card such as capital one. Earn miles on everything you charge and just use their travel eraser program to get free tickets.

Seems expensive for 12000 miles

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12k miles ainít getting you a ticket to Europe. No way.
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Nope. The transfer fees are a scam!

Im a united guy just because Chicago is their main hub. 15000 gets you one way to Florida during off peak times.

Go go to United site and try to book flight with points. Youíll see how much points it takes to fly. Make an account and get a united card. We accumulate around 100,000 miles a year with the United card. Works for us but we would never buy or transfer miles.
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Next time. Make a united account and book flight with your account. Itís free to do and you will earn miles for yourself that way.
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In lamens terms 15000 miles equals a $400 flight.
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OP her, IIRC United quoted approx. $400 for each of the 2 12,700 mile tickets. But at "flange's" 1.5 cents a mile it should be approx. $200 each. So 200 0r 400, it sounds like a good deal,right?
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Originally Posted by pappy.72 View Post
your family members should be able to just transfer the miles back to you.
not what united says.

Originally Posted by snide View Post
price the tickets to europe. If the tickets would be significantly more than $400 each, then it may just be worth it for you.
i think europe it much more than $400.

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for future, you should be able to transfer those miles, but. most major frequent flyer rewards programs set a cap on the number of miles that can be transferred between accounts. For example, united only allows 15,000 miles per year to be transferred and charges 1.5 cents per mile transferred, plus a $35 service fee. these limitations apply even for immediate family members, like spouses or children.




that is your 200 bucks per 12k miles.

sounds kinda familer.

for future, consider getting a miles card such as capital one. Earn miles on everything you charge and just use their travel eraser program to get free tickets.

I had to purchase in haste, and did not investigate.

Seems expensive for 12000 miles
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12k miles ainít getting you a ticket to europe. No way.
united says something like 12500 mi gets to europe and i think my credits are approx. 12700.

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in lamens terms 15000 miles equals a $400 flight.
why? It's not 15000 mi to europe.
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Originally Posted by Mikeceli View Post



why? It's not 15000 mi to europe.
Miles doesnít mean actual miles. Itís just another word for points. Itís dumb the way they phrase it.
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I guess sometimes it might make sense to transfer miles. Try to book flight on orbitz. Then see the same flight on United.com with awards program. If you can book flight for 12.5k miles on united but orbitz is more than $400. Then it makes sense to transfer miles and save the difference.
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Originally Posted by Mikeceli View Post
not what united says.



i think europe it much more than $400.





united says something like 12500 mi gets to europe and i think my credits are approx. 12700.



why? It's not 15000 mi to europe.
tell them to book the flights for the 400 transfer fee and see how they respond
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Originally Posted by Voytek View Post
Miles doesnít mean actual miles. Itís just another word for points. Itís dumb the way they phrase it.
You should be able to fly around the world with 25,000 miles, yet you'll be lucky to get to Vegas one way.
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Originally Posted by Mikeceli View Post
not what united says.



i think europe it much more than $400.





united says something like 12500 mi gets to europe and i think my credits are approx. 12700.



why? It's not 15000 mi to europe.
United is lying to you. You have about a .0001% chance of getting to Europe on 12K miles.

I booked tickets from ORD to DCA. 36k miles each. Itís rare that I can find any reasonable one-way domestic for under 15k miles.

I fly almost exclusively United and I have a LOT of miles.
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Originally Posted by Voytek View Post
In lamens terms 15000 miles equals a $400 flight.
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Originally Posted by Mikeceli View Post
I recently purchased 2 very expensive one-way tickets, on United Airlines, for two family members. This purchase "earned" approx. 12,000 (Twelve thousand) frequent flyer (or whatever they call it) miles, per ticket. United tells me the miles are in the name of the passengers ticketed, NOT me, who paid for the tickets, on my credit card. United say for approx. $400, per ticket, I can transfer each of the 12,000 miles, to my and my wife's name. This would basically earn us each a trip to Europe.

Is it worth the $400? We would like to fly to Europe (Italy) soon. I haven't flown in 15 years and don't know about this stuff. Thanks.
I agree with other posts that 12,000 FF points might be enough to get a one-way domestic ticket on a lucky day.

The other way to look at this is with some common sense. How expensive (profitable for United) were the ONE-WAY tickets, that would return enough FF points to earn free ROUND trip tickets to Europe? If that deal existed, United would go bankrupt quick. Was the one-way was around the world?

I'm more familiar with Delta who caps the miles of any one ticket to 75k FF miles. On an off time, you might get US (East coast) to Europe round trip economy.
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