How much are United miles worth when redeemed for gift cards?

If you have some United MileagePlus miles sitting in your account that you think you probably aren’t going to use anytime soon, you might be tempted to redeem them for gift cards in order to unlock some of that value. However, you should know that, in general, each MileagePlus mile is only going to be worth a little more than a half-penny to 6/10 of a penny when redeemed for gift cards. In other words, 1000 miles would usually be worth between $5 and $6.

Specifically, here are the denominations of gift cards and how many miles would be required for each:

  • $5 gift card = 909 miles
  • $10 gift card = 1818 miles
  • $25 gift card = 4545 miles
  • $50 gift card = 9090 miles
  • $100 gift card = 18,181 miles

United does offer a ton of retail store and restaurant gift cards, however, so you can at least be sure you’ll find a gift card that you’d actually use. Options include:

  • Airbnb
  • AMC Theatres
  • Apple App Store & iTunes
  • Applebee’s
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili’s
  • Chipotle
  • Disney
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • DSW
  • eBay
  • Fandango
  • Forever 21
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • Google Play
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • IHOP
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Marshalls
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • Regal Cinemas
  • REI
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Uber
  • Ulta
  • Walmart
  • Williams Sonoma
  • …and many more.

Buying gift cards is obviously not the best use of your United MileagePlus miles. But, if they are in danger of expiring and you won’t be able to use them, you might as well salvage some value from them, and United does give you a wealth of choices.