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The City Miler is the personal blog of David Slotnick, a points and miles-obsessed travel junkie, travel writer and native New Yorker. Follow for my latest travel (and travel "hacking") tips, tricks, reviews and photos.

Score United Miles During Amazon Prime Day

Score United Miles During Amazon Prime Day

Happy Prime Day! 

Amazon Prime Day starts tonight (or last night, depending on when you read this). For 30 hours beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 10th, Amazon will be offering deep discounts across all of its product categories. There will be deals on computers, luggage, video games, outdoor gear, and more.

In addition to huge savings, its possible to earn United MileagePlus miles through your Amazon purchases.

United has an app-based shopping portal called "United MileagePlus X," or "MPX." The way it works is by letting you buy e-gift cards for certain retailers, and earning a specified number of miles per dollar spent. You can use it for either in-store or online purchases, and the cool thing is you can buy a gift card for the exact purchase amount. For example, say you're at Bed Bath and Beyond (currently offering 4 miles/dollar) and your total is $53.71 with tax. You can quickly open the app, enter that amount, buy the gift card, and have the cashier scan the bar code displayed in the app. That's an easy 200+ miles.

The same thing works while shopping online with Amazon. Add your purchases to your cart, see what the total is including tax (if applicable), and use the MPX app to buy a gift card for that amount, then enter the gift card number at checkout.

United MPX App. Photo courtesy of United.

Here's an article by The Points Guy about triple-dipping for points when shopping online and using the MPX app.

Currently, the MPX app offers 0.5 miles/dollar at Amazon. That isn't much, but it's better than nothing. Plus, there's always a chance that the MPX app raises earning rates as part of a Prime Day special — EDIT: as of 10:30 Monday night, MPX app earning hasn't increased for Amazon for Prime Day.

If you're planning on shopping at Amazon's Prime Day, I appreciate if you click on the above links (or the ones in this sentence) to visit the site when you make your purchases. I am part of Amazon's affiliate program, and will earn a small commission from your purchase, which I can reinvest in this site.

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial by clicking here. You'll be able to take advantage of Prime Day deals that way. If you're a student, you can get a six-month trial, followed by 50% off, by clicking here.

As always, let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

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