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We all have them; retailer gift cards that sit unused in a pile of paper somewhere. Most of the time, the balance on them isn't worth the trouble of redeeming. We're talking about $1.35 on that Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, or $4.25 for Gap. United Airlines has a solution for these dilemmas: The airline accepts gift cards with any values in exchange for Mileage Plus miles.
United will beef up your frequent flyer account if you choose not to shop 'til you drop. UA accepts cards from a long list of retailers, including Best Buy, Walmart and the Gap. With 60 retailers in total, it is good that there is no limited to how many cards can be exchanged. As an example, a $25 Target gift card is worth 670 miles or about $.26 per mile. Not an awful swap if you're not keen on Target.