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If you were online reading about miles and points last night you probably saw some posts about 1,000 free United miles from a company called BCKSTGR. You can get 400 miles for linking your bckstgr.com account and United number, and an additional 200 miles each for registering your Twitter, Facebook, and FourSquare accounts. These miles post automatically to your MileagePlus account, which is pretty great.
You will also be able to earn miles for various social media activities on an ongoing basis. For example, you can check-in to South Branch in Chicago on Facebook and post a picture of your favorite cocktail for 75 miles. If you want, you can also tweet #KingCafeChicago or post “Check Out King Cafe for Lunch” on Facebook for 50 and 100 miles (respectively). The site seems to imply you can do this daily through 1/11/13 (though who knows if they are ready for the number of miles hungry people who may do this!).
I was too busy to try to register until pretty late last night, and once I did the site had crashed from all the traffic. I tried again early this morning and the site is back up, but when I try to register it tells me that my United MileagePlus number and pin number aren’t recognized. Others seem to be having this same issue.
For better or worse, I often trade some info, or agree to some spam in exchange for free miles and points, but giving my United pin number was something that didn’t make me feel all warm and cozy inside. So, if you are opposed to sharing your pin number then skip this one….or change it on United.com to something different than your usual, then register for this, then change it back to your normal pin (if you are like me and don’t want a new pin). Also, the site does not seem to be fully functioning this morning, so I would wait and try again later on today. Hopefully it will be back up to full speed soon.
Thanks to Points Hoarder for sharing this news.