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United MileagePlus Membership

Overall Score 3.5-stars (3.74)
No. of Daily Flights More than 2,000
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Flight 4.0-stars
Free Flight Options 3.0-stars
Additional Benefits 4.5-stars
Airline Quality 2.5-stars
About these ratings

Membership Levels

The United MileagePlus program offers basic membership and Premier membership. Premier is divided into four main levels: Premier Silver, Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K. MileagePlus also offers an invitation-only Global Services program for its most loyal customers.

Note: The requirements for MileagePlus status will not be affected by the changes United will implement in 2015 (see How to Earn and Use Points for more information). 

MileagePlus Member

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 

When you join MileagePlus by signing up for free on United's website, you can start earning and redeeming miles, PQMs, PQSs and PQDs on United and partner airline flights, hotel stays, shopping, dining and more.

Premier Silver

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security

When you earn 25,000 PQMs or 30 PQSs and spend $2,500 PQDs on airfare within a calendar year, you'll automatically be upgraded to Premier Silver membership. At this level, you and one companion will get complimentary access to Economy Plus seating at check-in. Based on availability on the day you depart, you and one companion can receive complimentary upgrades on select United and Copa flights. Purchase a full-fare "Y" or "B" economy-class ticket and you'll get an upgrade instantly when booking online or by phone. Once you're a Premier Silver member, you'll always earn a minimum of 500 PQMs and 500 award miles for each segment on United, Copa and select partner airlines. You'll also get a 25 percent earning bonus on United, Copa and several other airlines like ANA, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand. At the airport, you'll have access to priority check-in, the priority security line (at participating airports) and the priority boarding line. Silver status means you'll receive priority baggage handling and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds. You'll also get discounts on reward ticket change fees and membership rates for entry to United Club airport lounges. And if you're looking to travel using your miles, you'll see more Saver Awards availability than basic MileagePlus members. Plus, you'll be able to reserve some Standard Award seats that basic MileagePlus members cannot. MileagePlus Premier Silver status also makes you a Star Alliance Silver member. That means, when you pay for a ticket on a Star Alliance member airline you'll get higher priority on reservations and airport standby lists. You'll need to meet the PQMs or PQSs minimums, along with the PQDs minimum, each year to maintain your silver status.

Premier Gold

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

You'll reach Premier Gold when you rack up 50,000 PQMs or 60 PQSs and $5,000 PQDs in a single year. You'll get all the perks of Premier Silver as well as a few extras. You and one companion will get complimentary access to Economy Plus seating at booking, rather than at check-in. Based on availability, your complimentary upgrades will be confirmed as early as 48 hours in advance of your flight's departure. Instead of Silver's 25 percent, you'll earn a 50 percent bonus on the miles you fly, and you'll get a total of three complimentary checked bags weighing up to 70 pounds each. Travel internationally and you'll have free access to United Club airport lounges. As a MileagePlus Premier Gold member, you'll automatically become a Star Alliance Gold member. On flights with Star Alliance airlines, you'll get all the Star Alliance Silver benefits, plus priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling, along with one additional free checked bag. When you travel on eligible Star Alliance member flights, you and one guest will have access to select Star Alliance airport lounges. Plus, United's partnership with Marriott Rewards means your Premier Gold status (or higher) automatically grants you Gold Elite status in Marriott's loyalty programYou'll need to meet the Premier Gold PQMs or PQSs minimums, along with the PQDs minimums each calendar year in order to maintain your Gold status. If you accrue 1 million miles on United or Copa flights throughout the course of your membership, you and your significant other will become Premier Gold members for life. 

Premier Platinum

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points 
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

When you accrue 75,000 PQMs or 90 PQSs and $7,500 PQDs per calendar year, you'll reach Premier Platinum status. Platinum means you'll receive all the Gold level benefits and more. You can offer complimentary Economy Plus seating at booking to as many as eight companions. Complimentary upgrades will be confirmed for you as early as 72 hours in advance, and you'll get access to higher priority cabin promotion on even more routes with regional premier upgrades (higher priority, one-way, one-cabin upgrades on United or Copa flights). Two regional premier upgrades per year come with your Platinum status. Plus, you'll get an extra two for each additional 25,000 PQMs or 30 PQSs you fly. The number of bonus miles you receive will increase to 75 percent on the miles you fly. In addition, you'll get 10 percent off any in-flight duty-free purchases. Premier Platinum means you'll have access to more Saver Awards when reserving a seat in select premium cabins. Plus, you won't incur any fee to change your award ticket. Another perk: Once you've reached Premier Platinum, United will cover your Global Entry application fee. To maintain your Platinum status, you'll need to meet the PQMs or PQSs minimums, along with the PQDs minimums each calendar year. Accrue 2 million total MileagePlus miles in your time as a member and you'll receive lifetime Premier Platinum status.

Premier 1K 

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

You'll reach Premier 1K when you earn 100,000 PQMs or 120 PQSs and $10,000 PQDs in a calendar year. In addition to Premier Platinum benefits, you'll receive six global premier upgrades each year (and two more for each additional 50,000 PQMs or 60 PQSs) that can be used on all United and Copa flights worldwide. You'll earn double award miles on the miles you fly and confirmation of complimentary premier upgrades 96 hours in advance. Purchase an "M" fare class economy ticket and you'll be instantly upgraded. You'll be able to make reservations faster using a dedicated 24-hour 1K 1Call service line. If you want to keep your Premier 1K status, you will need to accrue 100,000 PQMs or 120 PQSs each calendar year and spend $10,000 PQDs. You'll become a lifetime Premier 1K member when you accrue 3 million total miles in your time as a MileagePlus member.

Global Services

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free checked bags
  • Priority boarding/seating
  • Free cabin upgrades
  • Expedited security
  • Lounge access

Global Services is an invitation-only program exclusively for top MileagePlus Premier members. As a Global Services member, you'll receive all the 1K benefits, plus you'll get the highest priority on all upgrade and standby lists. A Global Services dedicated phone line will be yours to access 24 hours a day. Global Services invitations are sent out annually. If you accrue 4 million total MileagePlus miles, you'll retain a lifetime Global Services membership.

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