We’ve come a long way since the early 80s, when United launched the MileagePlus® program with just a handful of partners. Today, our award-winning loyalty program boasts thousands of ways to earn and use award miles worldwide. If you’re not a current member, or you just joined, you may not realize just how exciting and diverse our program has become.
Why join MileagePlus
Have you passed on joining a frequent flyer program because you don’t fly a lot? In the past, this may have been a good reason. But with today’s MileagePlus program you can earn miles – and use them – without leaving the ground (or even home). When it comes to our loyalty program, you can think outside the usual airline ticket.
How you can earn miles
Whether or not you plan to travel, it’s easy to earn MileagePlus miles. At some point during the course of a week or month, you’re probably going to do some shopping, head out to dinner or stay at a hotel. Why not earn miles while doing the things you already do?
Make purchases using one of our partner credit cards and you earn miles. Go shopping at one of our 600 partner retailers (including Nordstrom, the Apple Store, Sunglass Hut and many more) and you earn miles. How you do this shopping – either in the store or online – is your choice. Even something as simple as renting a movie through Netflix can earn you miles.
Of course, if you do have a trip in the works, you benefit from United’s membership in the Star Alliance™ network. Fly on any of the more than 25 airlines in the network to over 1,350 destinations and you can earn MileagePlus miles. Your hotel, your car rental - even a trip on Amtrak adds to your mileage balance.
Using your miles
All those miles you earn when shopping, dining, enjoying entertainment or traveling open a whole world of possibilities, from flights to merchandise to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. So let’s get to the good part: all the ways you can use miles.
Whether it’s a unique dream vacation or just another trip home, you can get there using your miles on United’s global network. Did you know you can also use miles for hotel stays and car rentals? And don’t forget upgrades: for eligible flights, you may be able to put your miles toward a seat in one of our premium cabins.
But MileagePlus is about more than travel awards. You can use your miles for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, to bid in an auction, download music or stream movies. Use your miles to buy an e-reader, jewelry or sports equipment. You can even subscribe to magazines and newspapers using your miles. You also have the option of donating your miles to charities or giving miles as a gift.
If you fly often enough, you’ll earn status in our Premier® program. The benefits help you earn miles faster, get through the airport more quickly and relax in the best seats once you are on board.
Now that you know the benefits of being a member of United’s MileagePlus loyalty program, what are you waiting for? Start taking advantage of the program and build up those miles. To make sure you get the latest program updates and offers, be sure to subscribe
to our MileagePlus email subscriptions.