United Billion Mile Giveaway

United Billion Mile Giveaway

I don’t usually write about giveaways, but we’re talking about a billion miles here 🙂

Every time you use your Chase United card in August and September you’ll get a raffle entry, but you can also enter as many times as you want even if you don’t have a card or make a purchase by entering your information here.

Winners will be drawn on 10/15.

-100 people will win 1 million United miles and $7,500 cash. The miles are valued at 2 cents each, so winners will also get a 1099 for $27,500. If you have a combined marginal state and federal tax rate of 33% you would owe some $9,000 in taxes if you win, so it’s a good thing the prize comes with cash and points 🙂
Even if you wind up having to pay a couple thousand dollars in taxes it’s still not a bad deal for enough miles to fly around the world in first class several times.
-10,000 people will win 25,000 United miles. The ARV is $500, as the ARV is less than $600, you shouldn’t get a 1099.
-130,000 people will win 5,000 United miles. The ARV is $100, as the ARV is less than $600, you shouldn’t get a 1099.

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37 Responses to “United Billion Mile Giveaway”

  1. Anonymous Says:
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    Did the 5/24 rule go Into affect for co branded cards and ink?

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  2. SearchGuy Says:
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    Whats the details of the giveaway?

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  3. Uncle Sam Says:
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    How much taxes will you need to pay for a billion miles?

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  4. thenewguy Says:
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    @Anonymous: did you get lost and bump into the wrong thread?

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  5. Gary Says:
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    The sad thing is with the current mileage availability on flights, you could not take a family of 4 to Israel, roundtrip first class on a non stop flight. Sad how little ONE MILLION miles can get you.

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  6. I Love Dan Says:
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    3 comments.
    3 idiots.

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  7. yochiek93 Says:
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    @Anonymous: Yes

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  8. Chase Says:
    8

    does United business card count?

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  9. Dan Says:
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    @Anonymous:
    It did for many, though not all of the co-brands.
    There are also various strategies to workaround it…

    @SearchGuy:
    @Uncle Sam:
    Did you read the post?

    @Gary:
    Not true at all.
    Just a matter of checking multiple times per day and checking the rare award space thread on DDF as they go quick.
    Just last week I saw at least 15 dates with plenty of nonstop saver business seats EWR-TLV-EWR.

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  10. Thank you Dan! Says:
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    Thanks for all you posts!

    Estimated odds of winning a Grand Prize are 1:1,668,600 🙂

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  11. Anonymous Says:
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    What strategies?
    For just co-branded or ink as well?
    You have a link were it was discussed?

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  12. Dan Says:
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    @Thank you Dan!:
    I guess they expect 166MM entries!

    @Anonymous:
    I’ll make a post one of these days.

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  13. david Says:
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    No matter which version united card i have?

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  14. Mendy613 Says:
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    HT? 😉

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  15. Mike B Says:
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    “Enter as often as you wish, however, each entry must be manually key stroked.”

    Is that excluding copy paste or bots?

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  16. Alex Says:
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    No Canadian residents allowed…

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  17. IsraelMatzav Says:
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    But again, you have to be a US resident to be eligible….

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  18. Anonymous Says:
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    @Mike B: I want to know the answer to this and auto fill as well

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  19. Barry Says:
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    Dan I saw that you wrote that there are ways around the 5/24 rule what are those ways

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  20. John Says:
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    Write a script to purchase one cent Amazon gift cards automatically, $1k purchase gets you a million entries…

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  21. aunt sam Says:
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    im coming out with $6.6 million in taxes on a billion miles?:) did i do something really wrong? or is that true? how do ppl deal with that? 1000000000*.02*.33

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  22. aunt sam Says:
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    ok ill do it for you: did u read the post?
    me: yes, im sorry im a moron
    you: at least you agree
    me: well i though that the billion was the grand prize and the millions were like runner up
    you: you thought that that many ppl were getting a million miles for a SECOND place prize?
    me: yes, im a moron, my bad
    THANKS DAN!:)

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  23. aunt sam Says:
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    just another idea, as long as were thinking that the prize is a billion miles… you could hire a team of canadian residents all to writs scripts to buy the one cent amazon cards…

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  24. ChaseBiz Says:
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    @Chase: Does United biz card count?

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  25. Sb Says:
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    @John: Not great at math are we?

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  26. M schwartz Says:
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    There is always a catch 22 nothing is for free %%rrrrrrr%rrrr

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  27. RALLYDAVE Says:
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    Just wondering if anyone who posts here actually reads what they are commenting on? Also, guessing the new math isn’t all that accurate either.

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  28. half a Dan Says:
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    Write a script to purchase one cent Amazon gift cards automatically, $1k purchase gets you a million entries

    how do you use your 1 million amazon gift cards, or do you have an additional script to enter them individually as payment for your 50 dollar item etc..

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  29. Anonymous Says:
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    @John:
    Minimum amazon GC purchase is 50 cents

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  30. Yiddi Says:
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    I use my United card several times a day.. But I’m in Israel.. Rules says it has to be used in the US to be eligible..

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  31. Jason Smith Says:
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    @Anonymous:

    Not anymore, the minimum for buying a gift card is now $1. However, if you reload a gift card on your account, then the minimum is lower than $1.

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  32. Mike Says:
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    Does united club business cards qualify?

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  33. Anonymous Says:
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    @Dan:
    Looking forward to your 5/24 post

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  34. sonofzeus Says:
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    UAL will send a 1099. I will contest the amount. I will win.

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  35. alex Says:
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    @aunt sam:

    It is 6.6 million cents, not dollars, in your example. And that is for the full billion, the top individual prize is only a million miles.

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  36. Help is on the way Says:
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    @anonymous http://bfy.tw/71on

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  37. Anonymous Says:
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    @Help is on the way:
    He meant the article how do avoid 5/24, which @Dan: mentioned being in the works above. Before feeling superior and snidely replying to someone’s comment, maybe read a bit and make sure you know what their talking about? It helps avoid the South Limb Diet syndrome.

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