Pros & Cons
The number of seats available for award travel is limited
Earning elite status requires flying and spending a lot
United is no longer publishing award charts for travel in mid-November onward
Ease of Earning Free Flight3.0
Award Flight Availability3.0
No. of Daily Flights> 2,000
United MileagePlus is ranked No. 4 in the Best Airline Rewards Programs. U.S. News evaluated 9 frequent flyer programs offered by airlines based in the United States across several indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank rewards.
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You'll earn miles every time you fly on United or one of its more than 35 airline partners, including all members of the Star Alliance network. Miles can be used to cover the cost of future airfare on United or its partner airlines. You'll accrue PQMs, PQSs and PQDs, which count toward MileagePlus Premier status. When you purchase flights and everyday items using one of the MileagePlus credit cards from Chase Visa, you'll earn additional miles.
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Can Use Points On:
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 the invitation-only United Global Services program for its most loyal customers.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- The number of miles you earn on partner airlines is determined by each airline and may differ from your earnings on United.
- To transfer miles to another account, you'll be charged $7.50 per 500 miles, plus a $30 processing fee. Up to 100,000 miles can be transferred from one account to another.
- Award travel with United and Star Alliance partners must be booked through United by phone (for a fee) or online.
- A companion for lifetime Premier status is defined as a spouse, significant other or any individual living at the same home address as the MileagePlus member.
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