From UA’s press release – United Airlines today announced the launch of the MileagePlus Small Business Network, the first U.S. travel loyalty program that enables businesses to earn and redeem miles. Participating businesses earn award miles by purchasing goods and services from more than a dozen of the program’s vendor partners, including leading providers of printing, shipping, credit card payment processing, office supplies and computing services.

United also today launched a bonus offer through which companies can obtain 1,000 bonus miles for enrolling in the MileagePlus Small Business Network and conducting transactions that earn at least 100 miles. Businesses may use their earned miles to purchase travel awards and upgrades, bid for experiences through the MileagePlus Headliners auction program and shop for merchandise, newspaper and magazine subscriptions and dining awards. Companies can also buy, transfer or gift their miles or donate miles to a MileagePlus charity partner.

Unfortunately, to receive the 1,000 bonus miles you’ll have to earn at least 100 miles with any of the below partners and none of their earning rates are all that spectacular. You’ll also need to earn those 100 miles by August 17, 2013. It’s quite a bit of work (and potential $) for only 1K miles but here are the current partners:

Additionally, this is a separate MileagePlus account and the miles earned will NOT accumulate in your personal MileagePlus account. However, it seems that the ability to transfer fee free to another account (perhaps your personal account) is coming soon!

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Mitty May 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Hmm… there’s promotion code blank on the registration page..

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adam May 17, 2013 - 1:33 pm

@Mitty – Yep, I guess there may be other promotions, though I’ve confirmed there is no code required for the 1K promo.

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wei May 17, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Can I get a 50 homedepot card to make this deal happen?

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Levy Flight May 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

What would be helpful would be a way to accumulate miles for buying airline tickets for subcontractors.

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Brian May 17, 2013 - 4:32 pm

I spend a couple hundred a month at UPS so I’m golden. Can’t complain about an extra one thousand miles.

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Indra May 17, 2013 - 5:28 pm

can you provide the link for the landing page of this offer? I looked in press release section but cannot find it. sorry to trouble you.

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Bits ‘n Pieces for May 17, 2013 - View from the Wing May 17, 2013 - 6:02 pm

[…] Original Secretary’s Program Better: United’s new small business program lets you accrue miles in a separate account for the business for a variety of activities and should even offer the ability to transfer those miles to a personal […]

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Gene May 17, 2013 - 7:24 pm

You earn no miles for United purchases? Seems stupid.

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Glenn May 17, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Not clear what’s so hard. Go to staples and buy a VISA Gift Card with a PIN, pay $4.95 or $5.95 for it and get 1,000 miles for about half a cent each. Load it on Bluebird. Done.

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