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Bose QC35 QuietComfort 35 NC HeadPhones - United MileagePlus Rewards Offer ONLY ~ $300

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This deal is for frequent fliers of United MileagePlus Rewards program only.

United MileagePlus Rewards members can take advantage of a 4,500 miles rebate offer on Bose® QC35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

www.united.com/boserebate

*Promotion valid from January 1, 2017 through March 15, 2017.

Only valid for Bose QC35 (in black or silver) purchases made between January 1, 2017 and March 15, 2017.



The slickness of this deal depends on how much you value United MileagePlus reward points. I priced out a typical round trip flight I would take, subtracted the small $ processing fee and divided the ticket by the amount of MileagePlus miles I would use to get the ticket (economy class) and found each mile worth appx $0.0084. The headphones are 40,100 miles minus the 4,500 rebate = 35,600 miles x $0.0084/miles = $299

With free shipping - not a bad deal. My only issue is I have to wait 7-10 days shipping to start enjoying.
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Created 02-08-2017 at 05:28 PM by nittnylions34
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As a benchmark, 40,000 United miles can get you a flight from SFO-Singapore (worth at least ~$500). This values each mile at 1.25 cents conservatively. I'm curious to know how you arrived at that valuation? United points are worth much more usually
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Cleveland to Vegas for about $420 or 50,000 miles. Typical flight i would book if I were using miles for personal use. I rack miles up on my company trips and rarely travel personal so this deal worked nicely.

** I just priced out a round trip ticket Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale for $238 or with 37,500. That makes the miles worth $0.00635 each. I guess it depends where you typically fly and for how much.
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Not a good deal. You gotta use miles for travel. Gone are the days when I could fly to Asia business class for 80k miles round trip
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This deal is for frequent fliers of United MileagePlus Rewards program only.

United MileagePlus Rewards members can take advantage of a 4,500 miles rebate offer on Bose® QC35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

www.united.com/boserebate

*Promotion valid from January 1, 2017 through March 15, 2017.

Only valid for Bose QC35 (in black or silver) purchases made between January 1, 2017 and March 15, 2017.



The slickness of this deal depends on how much you value United MileagePlus reward points. I priced out a typical round trip flight I would take, subtracted the small $ processing fee and divided the ticket by the amount of MileagePlus miles I would use to get the ticket (economy class) and found each mile worth appx $0.0084. The headphones are 40,100 miles minus the 4,500 rebate = 35,600 miles x $0.0084/miles = $299

With free shipping - not a bad deal. My only issue is I have to wait 7-10 days shipping to start enjoying.


I don't think your rationale is correct. It would cost more than $299 worth of tickets to receive 35,600 United miles. You would need to take about 10 round trip flights to get that much miles.
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I personally wouldn't value any airline miles at <$0.01 per.

Just because one CAN redeem miles for poor value doesn't mean that's what they are worth.

You could even sell the points to a broker and make 0.8 to 2.0 cents per mile. While its frowned upon by many FF programs, its not illegal.

If you are really in a situation where you won't have good use for the miles or the airline, you'll make better money on that avenue then throwing it at 'overpriced' merchandise.
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Do you need a certain status in the Mileage Plus program to be eligible to even use your points for this? When I click the link, it says "You are not eligible to use miles for Merchandise and Auction Awards at this time. You may be eligible for other options such as newspapers, magazines, dining, and air awards. Please visit our Use Miles web page for more information"

This is pretty frustrating since I just paid to reinstate my points that expired last month in order to redeem for this.
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I just got these yesterday. I have the most basic united account. Maybe you just need to wait a bit to be eligible. Hope you can get it.
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This is a terrible deal. United miles have a consensus value of 1.5 cents per mile. At that rate these headphones are costing the smart traveler >$600.


Just like slee slack said.. if you undervalue points then and only then is this a slick deal. Those who have 36000 points, you should find a better avenue to spend them.
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This is one of the best for noise cancelling. If you're looking for cheap ones, there are plenty, ranging from $20 ones from Amazon to $100 JayBird X3's
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