Last fall, Marriott & Delta, United, & Southwest Airlines teamed up to allow frequent flyers to earn miles when buying gift cards. Now, almost a year later, United is giving MilePlus members a similar earning opportunity. Although this year, members can earn 7500 United miles, which is greater than the 5000 mile offer last fall!
When you buy Marriott gift cards via the United portal you can earn up to 7,500 miles
- $100 = 500 award Miles
- $250 = 1,000 award Miles
- $500 = 2,500 award Miles
This means if you buy three $500 gift cards, you can earn the maximum award of 7500 miles.
The best part is, Marriott gift cards function as cash at Marriott properties worldwide. Meaning, when you stay at Marriott hotels and pay with a gift card, you will still receive points for your stay! I did this last year and I earned airline points when I bought the gift cards and Marriott points on all my stays, truly maximizing my earnings! And since this summer, the Marriott Unexpected Bonus promotion is happening, you can earn a number of bonus points with your stays!