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Get Free United Airlines Miles with Walmart Grocery Pickups!

The following tip was submitted by Kelsey of Orchard Reads

About a year before our 10-year wedding anniversary, my husband and I began dreaming about a celebratory trip to Europe for a few days — just the two of us!

With four kids and one full-time income, we knew we’d have to get creative in order to fund this trip, and we began by researching the best methods to earn points for free flights.

After significant research, we found that United Airlines offers most round-trip flights from the USA to many cities in Europe for 60,000 miles roundtrip. That is significantly less than the corresponding cash rates for both United flights and other airlines, and there are TONS of different ways to earn United Miles — you can go to restaurants, shop at certain retailers, and even take surveys in order to earn free miles.

One of my favorite discoveries about earning United miles is that you can get 450 miles every time you schedule and complete a Walmart grocery pickup order.

I always fill up my Walmart cart on my computer, but then I complete the order through the United MileagePlus X App on my phone. I often do Walmart grocery pickups once a week, which means I earn at least 450 miles each week!

We combined several different methods of earning United miles, and within about a year, both my husband and I were able to save over 60,000 miles each! The miles do not expire for 18 months, but each time I do another Walmart grocery pickup (or earn miles another way), the expiration date moves forward to 18 months from that date.

We are currently continuing to save United Airlines miles so that we can pay for several nights in a hotel on our Europe trip, as well!

Even if you don’t have a lofty goal to fly to Europe and back, United miles can be redeemed for gift cards, rental cars, and more. And if you already do Walmart grocery pickups regularly, you might as well earn 450 miles each and every time you do!

Kelsey is a pastor’s wife, mother of four, book lover, piano teacher, worship leader, and home economist. She writes about her family’s favorite books at Orchard Reads.

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  • Stephanie Downing says:

    What!? How did I not know about this!!! One of the best tips I’ve ever read on here!!

  • paula says:

    This is an awesome idea, but I might need a tutorial on how to fill the cart on the computer and then use the app to pay?

    Is this only good for grocery pick up or all pickups (in store)

    • Alison says:

      I’m trying to do this right now, but Walmart is not one of the stores listed for online ordering.

      • Kelsey says:

        Hi Alison! Once you download the app, you have to click on “Featured Apps” near the bottom of the screen. You will see that Walmart Grocery is listed about halfway down, and it has “450 miles” listed next to it. If you click on Walmart Grocery, you can press “Continue to merchant app” and complete your order that way while still getting the miles. Hope that helps!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Paula! If you are logged into your Walmart account on both your phone app and your computer, the two should automatically connect together. You don’t even have to use your computer at all; I just usually find it quicker to fill up my cart on the computer. Also, just be sure to download the Walmart grocery app on your phone prior to clicking on the link through the United X app. 🙂

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Paula! If you are logged into your Walmart Grocery account on both your phone app and the computer, the two should link automatically. You don’t have to use the computer at all for your pickup order; sometimes I just find it easier if I have lots of things to buy. Whatever you have in your Walmart grocery cart will be visible both from the app or from the computer when you’re logged in. Hope that makes sense!

  • Cortney says:

    This is an amazing tip, THANK YOU!! I’d love to know any other ways that you easily earn on the app, I just downloaded and am going to start exploring!

    • Kelssy says:

      We did some of the MileagePlus dining, shopping, and featured apps to also earn miles. Most of them offer a bonus the first time you use them, in addition to getting miles for your purchase. We would choose a date night restaurant based on what restaurants could earn miles, and we also bought Christmas and birthday presents through other links.

  • Brooke says:

    Love that this is a tip about how to earn airline miles that does NOT involve a credit card! Thank you!

  • Question-Do you know if it will credit me for past purchases? Like is a receipt valid if purchased this way from like say past 10 days?

  • Marie says:

    Thank you! When it asks for the mileage plus number- where do I get that number?


  • Jennifer says:

    Is there a minimum amount you have to purchase? Is there a limit to the number of purchases you can make in any given time period? Kelsey, thx for the tip – I echo the sentiment that it’s one of the best ever.

    • Kelsey says:

      I never ran into a problem with frequency… although I think the most Walmart pickups I ever scheduled was three in the same week (I was credited for all of them). For our local Walmart, there is a $30 minimum per order.

  • Sarah says:

    Can I vote for best tip ever from this site! You go, girl!

  • Bernal Fernandez says:

    United just announced recently that their miles do not expire, ever!

  • Kara says:

    Can you use any credit card for this? Or do you have to use a card that’s linked to United (like the Chase United card)?

    • Jordan says:

      I don’t believe so. I am fairly certain you just have to complete the purchases through the United MileagePlus X App! If you click here, it should take you to the website for more details. Hope that helps! -Jordan, MSM Team

  • Kristie says:

    I was hoping this would work, but I’ve tried it the last 2 times I’ve done Walmart grocery pickup, and I haven’t gotten any miles! 🙁 I go through the united mileage app, featured apps, and click on Walmart grocery, which then automatically opens up the Walmart grocery app. Then I put in my order. But haven’t gotten any points!

    • Jordan says:

      Weird! I’m so sorry that’s happening. I would contact the United MileagePlus Apps costumer service. Sorry about that. Hope that helps! -Jordan, MSM Team

  • Angela says:

    Thanks for the great information! I downloaded the app. Could you tell us where we can take the surveys to earn the miles? I don’t see that anywhere on the app. Thank you!

  • Stephanie Downing says:

    I just wanted to ask if you know if this deal has ended? I was doing it for several months and had racked up about 13,000 points, but now it seems to be gone! Bummer! If I’m missing it, please let me know!!!

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