United Airlines Updates MileagePlus

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United Airlines is changing the way you earn award miles, and giving you more ways to use them.

United is changing the MileagePlus® program to reward members for their travel spending. And they’re adding new ways to use your award miles, to make the frequent flyer program with the best award availability.

This program update will apply to all MileagePlus members worldwide.

As of March 1, 2015, the award miles you earn on most United and United Express® tickets will be based on your ticket price (that is, base fare plus carrier-imposed surcharges) instead of the distance you fly, so members will be rewarded for their travel spending on United. And when you have Premier status, you’ll earn even more.

You can still earn even more miles with a MileagePlus cobranded credit card, just as you do today.

For tickets that will earn award miles based on ticket price, the class-of-service bonus and Premier bonus will be included in the number of award miles you earn per dollar.

This new way of earning award miles will apply to most tickets for flights operated by United and United Express. It will also apply to tickets for flights operated by a Star Alliance™ or MileagePlus partner airline when the ticket number starts with 016.

New MileagePlus Perks from United

  • You will be able to earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket. There will not be a minimum number of award miles you can earn for a flight.
  • You can earn Premier qualifying miles (PQM) based on the distance of your flight. Premier members will still earn a minimum of 500 PQM on United and United Express flights shorter than 500 miles.
  • Tickets for flights operated by a Star Alliance or MileagePlus partner airline that aren’t issued by United (ticket numbers that don’t start with 016) will still earn award miles based on distance flown and the purchased fare class.

This program update take effect for flights departing on or after March 1, 2015, regardless of when you purchase the ticket. The new options for using miles will be available in early 2015 – be sure to watch your email for more details.

Premier qualifying miles and segments are still based on the number of paid flight miles traveled and the fare purchased and, where applicable, PQD are still determined by the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges. Learn more about Premier status qualification.

If you hold a credit card that earns MileagePlus miles, nothing is changing with how you earn those miles.For example, United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers will earn two award miles for each $1 spent on tickets purchased from United. Visit united.com for more information on our credit card partners.

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