I love free miles, and I especially love valuable free United miles. With TopGuest.com, I can get free and easy United miles on a regular basis when I “check in” at the airport. Up until last week, I would check-in to the airport on FourSquare (after I registered with TopGuest), within a minute I would get an email from TopGuest saying I just earned 50 United miles (and often some hotel points as well), then within a few days those United miles would be in my MileagePlus account. Easy, quick, free, perfect.
However, when I checked into both the airports in Houston and San Antonio on Friday there were no emails confirming that I would get United miles. I still got 50 Priority Club points in Houston, but nothing from United. I did a little research and found that others were experiencing the same tragic phenomenon. From this Flyertalk thread, it looks like the agreement between United and TopGuest has expired. In the same thread, it seems that there is some hope that a new agreement might be reached, so I am crossing my fingers that would work out. 50 miles isn’t much, but it can easily add up to a few thousand free miles per year for virtually no work.
TopGuest does still have agreements with several other partners, but I very much hope United comes back soon! Do you regularly use TopGuest? What do you think of getting free points by just checking in somewhere?