Electric Miles – The NRG United Promotion

You’ve heard of those deals before.  They draw you in with a great promotional rate or a free month of something.  You’re pretty happy with what you get, and then they smack you with a high charge, just when you thought you were safe!

If you’re careful though, you can come out ahead.  I was able to net a decent chunk of MileagePlus miles with a recent offer from NRG Home.  We’ll likely be using our MileagePlus miles to fly Lufthansa to Germany.  We have some family that will be there for a few years, what better way to explore a new country, than on free miles with your family and friends?

So, here’s what I did.


So what are airline miles anyway?

I spent some time the other day reading through some old posts…

Jeez, miles this, miles that.  I talk about points and miles an awful lot, and never really get into what a “mile” is.  Sure we all know a mile is 5,280 feet.  But what about AAdvantage miles?  Or Rapid Rewards points miles?  Which one’s worth more?

Then there’s SkyMiles, and MileagePlus miles, and Avios, and Guest Miles.  The list goes on and on.

So what is a mile exactly?


MileagePlus X App

This past weekend we did a bit of shopping, and I had my first opportunity to really use the MileagePlus X App.  Available on iOS and Android devices, the app is basically just a United MileagePlus portal to retailers.  Buy an e-gift card on the app, show the gift card number to the cashier, and you’re all set!  As long as you have a connection, you can add a credit card, select your retailer, and purchase the gift card.  It’s easy and fast, but wait, there’s more!  The earning potential on this app is huge, and that’s the major draw.