I am a big fan of reward points, airline miles, and just about any other travel benefit. Most of my points come from credit card sign up bonuses and daily spend on my Chase Freedom unlimited card. A few years ago, I received 25,000 United Airlines MileagePlus miles by becoming a DirecTV customer (the offer is no longer available). This helped me redeem a business class ticket to Japan. I received a similar offer yesterday from Reliant Energy. The promotion stated:
Your electricity plan can now help you earn up to 27,000 United Airlines MileagePlus bonus miles. Combine and redeem with your other miles to enjoy a wide array of travel perks and upgrades, including roundtrip Saver Awards.
Switch to this Reliant Secure 24 plan with MileagePlus miles that features:
- A low fixed energy charge for 24 months
- 15,000 United Airlines MileagePlus bonus miles earned when you sign up
- 500 United Airlines MileagePlus bonus miles earned each month for 24 months
Plus up to $300 credit to cover your current cancellation fee.
I immediately jumped on the deal for two reasons, 1) 27,000 miles have a lot of value (depending on use) and 2) my contract expired yesterday with my current electric company. I was on the phone with the Reliant Energy agent for approximately seven minutes. It was actually a simple process. I provided my personal information and answered a few questions. The agent tried to sell me some other services. I declined all of the extras because I was on the phone for the miles. She informed me that the initial 15,000 should appear in my account within 10 weeks.
I will take “free” miles anytime that I can get them. These miles will get me closer to another international Business Class flight on United Airlines. I will try to work it so that I visit New Zealand again. This was a cool offer to receive, now back to finding more deals.