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My husband has a Mileage Plus card and has earned numerous miles. While in Guam, we were writing a book, I applied for a Mileage Plus card, like his, that would give me 50,000 miles if I spent a certain amount. I was approved. Once my card arrived in the mail, I called the bank and, at first, was told that I did not get bonus miles. Then I was told that I get only 30,000 miles. All predicated on spending $2,000 in 90 days. That was ridiculous! I withheld activation and shredded the card.

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Leo Zhu

Currently, the Mileage Plus card comes with the 30,000 bonus miles. To get this bonus offer, you will need to spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months. As for the 50,000 bonus offer you wanted to get, we assume that it had expired by the time you applied for the card. If you need more details, please contact Chase, the issuer of the Mileage Plus cards.

As an alternative, you can consider getting a regular credit card that will allow you to earn miles on all your purchases. For example, you may like the Arrival Plus credit card from Barclaycard. The one-time bonus is 40,000 miles and you will need to spend $3,000 within first three months to get this bonus. All your everyday purchases will earn 2 miles per dollar spent and you will get 5% miles back toward your next redemption every time you redeem your miles. Earned miles can be redeemed with any airline, including United Airlines.

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Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that's enough to redeem for a $500 travel statement credit
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Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
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