I just started using United MileagePlus X App and wanted to share it with everyone. It's an easy way to accumulate United miles or to extend the deadline if your United miles are due to expire soon due to inactivity.
Here's how United describes the App:
" MileagePlus X is a mobile app that allows members to earn award miles when shopping or dining at participating merchants. Members select a merchant, enter a dollar amount and are issued a gift card. A barcode/gift card number and PIN are displayed in the app and can be used for a current or future purchase. These gift cards can be used like a traditional debit card until the balance is depleted. Either way, the gift card is used as the form of payment instead of a credit card."
I mostly use it when purchasing at Amazon or a local restaurant that participates in the program. The only drawback so far that I have found is you will receive a gift card balance if you have to return something. Not a big deal, but something to consider.
To use it, you simply open the App on your smart phone, select the merchant, select your payment method (you save your credit card(s) during setup), and type in the exact amount of the gift card you need. If my Amazon purchase was for $56.27, then I would purchase the exact amount of $56.27. The App will instantly charge my credit card the $56.27, then it produces a Gift Card Number that I use when purchasing my Amazon products. Easy Peasy.
Amazon will give you 2 miles per dollar purchased, but there are some merchants that will give you 5 miles per dollar such as Overstock.com, Petco, Old Navy, The Limited, Panera Bread, etc.
I also received 500 United Miles just for using the App one time.
Here's the United Link with the FAQs.
I have received sooooo much info from this site, that I hope I can pass on some helpful information to someone else. :D