Today's announcement of a new online media store for United MileagePlus members seemed like a good idea: use your extra frequent flyer miles to fill up your iPad or other device with music, movies, and TV shows for flights. But then I saw the price tags for said media, and I changed my mind.
Albums will run you about 900 to 1,300 miles, while individual tracks are mostly 150 miles. For movies, MileagePlus members have the option of renting the film for 24 hours or purchasing outright; a rental will set you back 460 miles and owning the movie costs 2,545 miles. TV episode pricing is not yet available (the TV section launches in the fall).
The only way this might be convenient is if you could buy the tunes and flicks during your flight . . . but United currently only offers in-flight Wi-Fi on transcontinental trips, so it would seem options there are limited. As for us, we’ll stick to iTunes.
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