Did you know that you can earn bonus miles without ever actually setting foot on a plane? If you have some heavy travel in mind in the near future, right now might be the best time to actually purchase miles in advance and take advantage of free bonus miles. United Airlines recently unveiled an offer that is sure to get you excited if you'll be hopping onto a plane sometime soon. Should you be excited? Well, the airline is running a promotion that gives you a bonus of up to 75 percent if you purchase miles directly from its website.

They say you get what you pay for when it comes to travel. However, the current bonus miles promotion from United Airlines proves that sometimes, you can get a whole lot more than what you pay for if you know how make full use of amazing deals wisely. Below, we at GET.com share with you more about this offer that you can consider if you're looking to earn bonus miles.

Beyond Traditional Miles

The conventional way of earning free miles is to simply book flights and let those points accumulate in your loyalty program account. However, United is now allowing customers to rethink the way they earn and use miles. You now have the freedom to simply purchase miles directly from United. Why would you want to do this? The simple answer is that you have the potential to earn some serious bonus miles.

How To Get Bonus Miles When You Buy Miles Directly From United Airlines

The process of purchasing miles and earning a bonus of 75 percent is pretty easy for members of the United's MileagePlus Program. Do the following:

  • Visit the MileagePlus page for purchasing miles
  • Select the option to buy personal miles
  • Sign in to your United MileagePlus account
  • Choose the number of miles you wish to purchase
  • Fill out the fields required on the page
  • Finalize your purchase

Bonus Miles At Every Tier

You don't need to purchase the maximum amount of miles to benefit from this promotion. Buying between 30,000 and 70,000 miles will qualify you for a bonus of 75 percent.

However, you'll still receive a bonus of 50 percent even if you only purchase between 15,000 and 29,000 miles. Customers who purchase between 5,000 and 14,000 miles stand to gain a bonus of 25 percent.

Not signing up to participate in this promotion is essentially like leaving money on the table for anyone who flies with United somewhat frequently.

Some Important Considerations To Remember When Purchasing Miles

There are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to take advantage of the promotion from United Airlines, though. Foremost, this promotion is running from now through 31 October 2016.

Also, mileage minimums and maximums do apply to the deal. It is required that you purchase at least 2,000 miles and the promotion maxes out once you've purchased 150,000 miles in a single calendar year.

There are also some stipulations when it comes to how many miles you can purchase at one time. Miles can be purchased in increments of 1,000 miles per transaction up to a maximum of 100,000. Miles in increments of 5,000 can be purchased up to a maximum of 150,000.

In order to maximize your bonus potential, you'll want to make a decision about the incremental amounts you'd like to purchase based on your estimate of how many miles you'll realistically purchase in total.

Giving Miles To Others

The great thing about this promotion is that you can actually purchase miles and give them to others. The gift of free miles is a perfect way to help family or friends travel during the upcoming holidays. It is important to note that purchased and gifted miles will not count towards earning MileagePlus Premier status.