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Free Airline Miles for Recent Graduates

June 29, 2010

There aren’t a ton of perks for those graduating nowadays.  A crappy economy, summer classes, bad job market–and the list goes on.  However, there are some major bonuses for those who recently donned the cap and gown…if you know where to look for them, that is.  Unfortunately, not many people do (or they’re cleverly hidden), so we’re here to bring you the goods, per usual.  What are the goods you ask?

How about 10,000 free airline miles? Yep, that’s right.

That’s no measly amount either, since it is almost 50% of the miles you need to acquire a free domestic airline ticket!  In my mind, and probably most others, free travel = happy graduate.  Unfortunately, the only downside of this perk is that it is currently only offered by United Airlines. But given that this is one of the largest airlines in the United States (if not the largest) I’m ok with that.  I’m even more ok with the fact that I already happen to be a United Mileage Plus member (sign up if you’re not–it’s free and will allow you to accumulate miles for flying!).  Score!

What You Have to Do:

As a kind gesture to help you “celebrate your college graduation” (their words, not mine), United Airlines is offering 10,000 free miles to any recent full-time college graduate from any colleges and universities within the U.S.  All you have to do is send the following three (!) items:

  • a copy of your official college transcript–usually this involves speaking to your college course registration department
  • United Mileage Plus account number
  • email address

And to make this extra easy for anyone out there for whom this deal applies, here is the address:

Mileage Plus, Inc.
P.O. Box 40
Rapid City, SD 57709
Attn: College Plus Graduation

But remember to do this quickly!  You only have 12 months from the date of your recent college graduation to qualify for these miles.  So, if you graduated after exactly 12 months ago today, send it in now.  You’ll receive verification of your newly added miles in 4-6 weeks!  Click here to go to United graduation mile page for more information.

What if you’re a recent graduate, but don’t fly United?

Sucks for you!!!  Don’t worry, we’re just kiddin’.  If you don’t fly United, we recommend still opening up a mileage plus account and getting these miles anyway!  You never know when you might need to fly another airline and this little perk provides such a substantial number of mileage points, that it is probably worth it in the long run.

But…this perk really should be available from all the other airlines too!  And it is in your best interest to call them up right now and ask why it isn’t.  Or demand.  You may also want to remind them that United is a competitor and that you’re equally as happy to switch over from their airline—ok, this is technically a threat, but it usually works!  Side Note:  This tactic is also how I finagle Verizon into giving me discount merchandise for my cell phone and lower rates–shhhhh.

Any recent graduates, like ourselves, out there who want to get in on the action?  Of course, you may already be calling your college to send a transcript, in which case, you’re too busy to answer.  Any non-recent graduates that are jealous and wish airlines loved them too?  Check out your own airline for additional perks–oftentimes you can accumulate free miles for dining out at specific restaurants, staying at certain hotels, or even buying at certain stores.  Keep the comments coming! 🙂

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