You may have the opportunity to give the award miles and Premier® qualifying miles in your account a big boost. For eligible itineraries, United’s Award Accelerator®, Premier Accelerator® and Personal Miles® options help you reach award travel or Premier status even faster.
You can take advantage of the Award Accelerator offer at different points in your travel process. In fact, these miles are available for purchase from the time you book your ticket through the time you check in for your return journey – whether it’s online or from an airport kiosk.
Let’s take a look at Award Accelerator on united.com. When you book a flight or view an existing reservation online, if the itinerary is eligible for Award Accelerator, you’ll see an area of the or the View Current Reservation page with the call to Buy Extra Miles for this Trip.
You’re offered two purchase options; the second one is typically double or triple the miles shown in the first option. Select the one you prefer. This action opens a new Purchase miles page with details about the two Award Accelerator choices.
When you’re at an airport kiosk, you’ll have a couple of opportunities to earn more miles.
These are award miles only and do not apply to Premier status qualification.
Before you go any further, make sure that the correct checkbox is selected, and then press the blue Get more miles button to proceed. If you’ve changed your mind and wish to purchase the other Award Accelerator option, simply select that box instead and the page will refresh with the correct pricing.
Next, on the Payment Information page, you’ll see that the price for the additional miles has been added to the ticket price if you’re booking a new ticket. If you’re adding more miles to an existing reservation, you’ll pay for only the award amount.
Note: A federal excise tax of 7.5% is included in the displayed price.
You always have the option to buy Personal Miles® to top off your account. Miles cost $35 USD per 1,000, plus a 7.5% excise tax, with a minimum purchase of 2,000 miles. You can stock up on miles all you want, as long as your purchase doesn’t exceed 100,000 miles in a calendar year.
Note: Personal Miles are award miles and do not count toward Premier® status qualification.
For Award Accelerator, Premier Accelerator and Personal Miles, the following applies:
Interested in other ways that you can put Personal Miles to use? In our article
about the MileagePlus® Merchandise Awards & Auctions website, we noted that you can purchase extra miles to get the award item that you really want. Or use these miles for award travel, hotel stays and rental cars.
What about Premier Accelerator?
If your flight is eligible, you’ll see an Add Premier Accelerator checkbox below the two Award Accelerator options. MileagePlus Premier Accelerator lets you purchase additional Premier qualifying miles (PQM), which can help you reach Premier status quickly.
Upon qualification, Premier status is valid through the end of the program year in which you qualified as well as the entire following year. For example, if you earn Premier status anytime in 2012, your status is effective for the remainder of 2012 and for all of 2013.
You can’t redeem the Premier qualifying miles for travel awards but they do count toward Premier status qualification within a calendar year.
A federal exercise tax of 7.5% is included in the displayed price.
Premier Accelerator is applicable on actual flight miles only.
The next time you go to book a trip, manage your existing reservation or browse the items on the MileagePlus Merchandise Awards & Auctions website, remember: You can add to your balance through one of United’s accelerator opportunities.