With the holidays just around the corner, you may already have your gifts purchased and even wrapped up with bows. But if you’re like many of us, finding that certain something for the discerning family member, friend or co-worker can be a challenge. Have you considered a United gift certificate?
You can buy a single certificate in any amount starting at $25 and going up to $10,000. Recipients can then use these certificates to buy airline tickets. Certificates may be used to cover the cost of the airline ticket as well as taxes and surcharges.
Here’s how the process works: First, you sign in to your MileagePlus® account to purchase a gift certficate. After you complete the purchase, you receive an email confirming your purchase. Next, the recipient of the gift certificate receives a personalized email revealing your gift. The email provides information on how to use the gift certificate to book travel on united.com. The recipient then goes to united.com to book tickets. (Read our article about redeeming a gift certificate
If the recipient doesn’t use the full amount of the gift certificate, unused balances are automatically retained and can be put toward the purchase of additional tickets. Recipients can check the balance amount on our Check Gift Certificate Balance page.
Note: Gift certificates can be redeemed only on the U.S. version of united.com, and all transactions are in U.S. dollars. Also, certificates are for travel only and can’t be applied to upgrades, Economy Plus® seating or other additional products. View the Terms and Conditions
Besides being a fun and unique gift idea, a United gift certificate comes with a number of benefits. One is that the person who receives it can use it up to five years from the date you purchased it. (Certificates purchased prior to August 20, 2010, are valid for one year from the date when the certificate was originally issued.) Another benefit is that certificates are transferable; recipients can pass them along to others.
Giving a United gift certificate is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves a great travel opportunity.