Redemptions for merchandise aren’t typically a good value.
Back in 2013, United was offering up to 50% off on a variety of items.
It just so happened that I was in the market for a new carry-on bag and the Tumi Alpha Continental Carry-On was part of the offer. For 23,100 miles, I was able to get a piece of luggage which sold for something like $500-$600. (I don’t remember the exact retail value.)
I debated and pulled the trigger on the Tumi bag, never really regretting using miles for this item.
Since then, I can’t say that I’ve considered purchasing any merch with my miles and points.
I recently received an offer from United MileagePlus where I can get 1,000 miles back when using 20,000 miles on a Merchandise Award.
The offer is good from now until May 29, 2018.
So would this offer entice me to purchase some merchandise with my United miles?
Quick answer- Hell no! My United miles are way to valuable, especially when we need 3 (4 at end of August) airline tickets per trip.