Have you ever wanted to take a vacation or trip but didn’t have the miles to afford it? United MileagePlus is working to help solve this problem by introducing the MileagePlus Gift Registry. You can set up an account, personalize it for a special occasion (graduation, birthday, honeymoon, anniversary, or any other reason!) and provide a link for friends and family to contribute miles toward your travel goal. If they already have United miles they can transfer them to you in chunks of 1000 miles ($15 per 1000 miles transfer fee); if they don’t have miles but want to contribute then they can purchase miles towards your goal in chunks of 1000 miles, with a 2000-mile minimum ($35/1000 miles + 7.5% excise tax). This is definitely on the higher side of per-mile cost, but it’s a great way to allow for reasonable gift purchases from those who would like to contribute and for them to know specifically what it’s going for (and watch for the pictures on Facebook and Twitter).
Is this something you would find useful – would your friends and family contribute? Where would you go, and how many miles would you need to get there? Have you had success with the United MileagePlus Gift Registry? I’d love to hear your stories!