Back in October of 2015 I posted about an offer that was very intriguing – get 10,000 miles for changing your energy provider. I hit on the good (duh, 10,000 miles) and what to watch for (timing of deal and variable rate).
I’m happy to report that I received the bonus for this offer, right on time and without any drama or intercession on my part.
I received 10,000 bonus United MileagePlus miles, which is close to the amount needed for a one-way domestic Saver award.
MileagePlus miles are worth about 1. 6 cents to me so this bonus of 10,000 miles has a value of roughly $160.
Here is How the NRG Timeline Played Out
- 24 October 2015 – I switched to NRG, via web link.
- 21 December 2015 – I received my first electric bill for which NRG was listed as supplier. Rate per kWh of .083 cents which was a decrease from rate I was getting (.0895 cents/kWh). Period covered by bill: 18 November through 17 December.
- 04 January 2016 – Points posted to United MileagePlus account for electricity supply in December. The supply portion of the electricity bill was $92.55 so I received 185 miles (2 x 92.55).
- 22 January 2016 – I received my second electric bill for which NRG was listed as supplier. Same rate as December.
- 18 January 2016 – Bonus of 10,000 points from NRG posted to United MileagePlus account. The date listed on my United account activity is earlier than the issuance date for my second electricity bill. That’s a bit odd because receipt of the NRG bonus is predicated on maintaining service with them for at least two months. I’m deducing that NRG’s system checks that service hasn’t been switched away from them two months to the day (17 January 2016) from when it started with them (17 November 2016) and if that’s correct, the bonus is issued.
NRG Came Through With No Hassle
I was watching this situation carefully to make sure the bonus miles posted in a timely fashion. I was very pleased to see they did and without any work by me. Kudos to NRG for setting up their systems to work in a timely manner.
I’m Sticking With NRG For At Least One More Month
The rate plan I have with NRG is variable after the third month. So I’m sticking with NRG for at least this month because the rate I currently have with them is better than any publicly available rate at the moment.
This Promo Is Available for Other Airlines Also
As I wrote in my previous post, NRG regularly runs the same, or a similar, promotion for other airlines including American Airlines. In the past I’ve also seen offers for Southwest and Delta airlines as well.
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