How to Earn United MileagePlus Miles Without Flying

Following is a guide on how to earn United MileagePlus Miles without flying.

Online Shopping

You can earn United points for online shopping.  Before making an online purchase go through United’s MileagePlus Shopping portal.  (Note: If you have Chase credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, you can also transfer Ultimate Rewards points earned from shopping at the Ultimate Rewards mall.)

Dining at Participating Restaurants

Register your credit card at United’s MileagePlus Dining and you will automatically earn extra bonus points when you dine at participating restaurants.

Other United Partners

Visit this page on for a list of all United partners.

United Explorer Card Referral

If you have a United Explorer credit card, you can earn bonus points for referring that card to your friends and family if they apply and are approved using your referral link.  You can earn 10,000 miles per referral up to a maximum of 50,000 miles per calendar year.

Visit to make a referral.

(You can also refer Chase cards that earn Ultimate Rewards and transfer those points to United miles.  Here is a list of current Chase Refer-a-Friend opportunities.)

Sign Up Bonuses on Credit Cards that Earn United Miles

You can earn a large amount of United MileagePlus Miles points as a sign up bonus when you sign up for a new United card if you spend a certain amount in the first 3 months.

United Explorer: Sign up bonus of 40,000 miles. $0 intro annual fee for the first year, after that $95. Tip: If you go on you might see a banner offering a substantially higher bonus.

United Club Card: 50,000 bonus miles. $450 annual fee.

United Explorer Business Card: Earn up to 100,000 sign up bonus (limited time offer). $95 annual fee.

Note: You can also earn a signup bonus on one of the many cards that earn Ultimate Rewards which can be transferred to United.

Category Bonus Spending on Credit Cards

The United Explorer earns 2 miles for each $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel AND purchases from United, including tickets, Economy Plus®, inflight food, beverages and Wi-Fi, baggage service charges and other United fees.

The United Explorer Business Card earns 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, and on purchases at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores.

Note: Chase cards that earn Ultimate Rewards offer category bonuses as well and you can transfer these points to United.

Everyday Spending on Credit Cards

In addition to earning extra United miles for certain purchases mentioned in the section above, the United Explorer and United Explorer Business Card earn 1 mile for each $1 spent on all other purchases.


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