United Airlines partners

Through the world’s largest airline alliance, you have many opportunities to earn and redeem United miles and use your elite status perks

United Airlines partners

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As a United MileagePlus member, you have the potential to earn miles each time you fly with United Airlines or its 28 separate airline partners within the Star Alliance. To offer even more opportunities to earn miles, United also cooperates with 11 worldwide partners, such as Hawaiian Airlines, Cape Air and Eurowings.

If you’re angling to earn free flights, upgrades and more, it’s smart to figure out the best ways to use United MileagePlus miles to your advantage.

Here’s a rundown of United Airlines partners and how you can use United miles to book flights:

United airline partners

 

Type of partner

Where to book flights

Adria Airways

Star Alliance

United.com

Aegean Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Air Canada

Star Alliance

United.com

Air China

Star Alliance

United.com

Air India

Star Alliance

United.com

Air New Zealand

Star Alliance

United.com

ANA

Star Alliance

United.com

Asiana Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Austrian

Star Alliance

United.com

Avianca

Star Alliance

By phone

Avianca in Brazil

Star Alliance

By phone

Brussels Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Copa Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Croatia Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

EgyptAir

Star Alliance

United.com

Ethiopian Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

EVA Air

Star Alliance

United.com

Juneyao Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

LOT Polish Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Lufthansa

Star Alliance

United.com

SAS

Star Alliance

United.com

Shenzhen Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Singapore Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

South African Airways

Star Alliance

United.com

Swiss International Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

TAP Portugal

Star Alliance

United.com

THAI Airways

Star Alliance

United.com

Turkish Airlines

Star Alliance

United.com

Aer Lingus

Other partner

United.com

Aeromar

Other partner

United.com

Air Dolomiti

Other partner

United.com

Azul

Other partner

United.com

Boutique Air

Other partner

United.com

Cape Air

Other partner

United.com

Edelweiss Air

Other partner

United.com

Eurowings

Other partner

United.com

Hawaiian Airlines

Other partner

United.com

Olympic Air

Other partner

United.com

Silver Airways

Other partner

United.com

In addition to redeeming United MileagePlus miles for flights, you can also earn miles on paid flights with partner airlines. However, it’s important to note that you can only earn miles with one airline at a time. If you want all your miles assigned to your United MileagePlus account, you will need to enter your United loyalty number when you make your reservation.

Also note that United MileagePlus Premier members automatically have Star Alliance Gold or Silver Status based on their elite status with United. This means that, when you travel with Star Alliance partner airlines, you can enjoy recognition of your elite status as well as travel benefits. United MileagePlus members also earn Premier qualifying miles (PQM) and Premier qualifying segments (PQS) when they fly partner airlines to various destinations worldwide. Finally, Star Alliance Gold members have access to the largest lounge network in the world.

Here’s how the benefits of Star Alliance elite status break down:

Earning miles through United partners

While you can earn miles flying with United Airlines and its partners, there are numerous other ways to rack up miles for free flights. The number of miles you’ll earn with hotels, rental car companies and other partners will depend on the promotion and can vary throughout the year.

Here’s a list of the most popular United partners and how many miles you can expect to earn:

United hotel partners

 

Earning rate

United Hotels (booked through United.com)

2 miles per dollar

Rocketmiles.com

1,000-10,000 miles per night

PointsHound.com

Up to 10,000 miles per night

AC Hotels by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

Aloft

2 miles per dollar

Andaz

500 miles per stay

Ascend Hotel Collection

250 miles per stay

Autograph Collection Hotels

2 miles per dollar

Baymont Inn & Suites

1-2 miles per dollar

Best Western

250 miles per stay

Cambria Suites

250 miles per stay

Candlewood Suites

1 mile per dollar

Clarion

250 miles per stay

Comfort Inn

250 miles per stay

Comfort Suites

250 miles per stay

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

250 miles per stay

Courtyard by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Days Inn

1-2 miles per dollar

Delta Hotels

2 miles per dollar

Design Hotels

2 miles per dollar

Eaton Hotels International

250 miles per night

Econo Lodge

250 miles per stay

EDITION

2 miles per dollar

Element by Westin

2 miles per dollar

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

Fiesta Americana

2,000 miles per stay

Four Points by Sheraton

2 miles per dollar

Gaylord Hotels

2 miles per dollar

Grand Hyatt

500 miles per stay

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

1-2 miles per dollar

Holiday Inn Express

2 miles per dollar

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Hotel Indigo

2 miles per dollar

Howard Johnson

1-2 miles per dollar

Hyatt Centric

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

500 miles per stay

Hyatt House

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Place

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Regency

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Summerfield Suites

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Zilara

500 miles per stay

Hyatt Ziva

500 miles per stay

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

La Quinta Inns & Suites

750 miles per stay

The Langham Hotels & Resorts

500 miles per night

Le Meridien

2 miles per dollar

The Luxury Collection

2 miles per dollar

MainStay Suites

250 miles per stay

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Marriott Vacation Club

2 miles per dollar

Microtel Inns Suites

1-2 miles per dollar

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

250-500 miles

Moxy Hotels

1 mile per dollar

Park Hyatt Hotels

500 miles per stay

Park Inn by Radisson

250 miles per stay

Park Plaza

500 miles per stay

Protea Hotels

1 mile per dollar

Quality

250 miles per stay

Radisson

500 miles per stay

Radisson Blu

500 miles per stay

Radisson RED

500 miles per stay

Ramada Worldwide

1-2 miles per dollar

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Residence Inn by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

The Ritz-Carlton

2 miles per dollar

Rodeway Inn

250 miles per stay

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

500 miles per stay

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Sleep Inn

250 miles per stay

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Staybridge Suites

1 mile per dollar

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

250 miles per stay

Super 8

1-2 miles per dollar

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

1 mile per dollar

Traders Hotels

500 miles per stay

Travelodge

1-2 miles per dollar

Tribute Portfolio

2 miles per dollar

TRYP by Wyndham

1-2 miles per dollar

Unbound Collection

500 miles per stay

W Hotels

2 miles per dollar

Westin Hotels & Resorts

2 miles per dollar

Wingate by Wyndham

1-2 miles per dollar

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

1-2 miles per dollar

United transportation partners

 

Earning rate

Hertz

Up to 1,250 miles per rental

Dollar Car Rental

50 miles per day or 500 miles per rental

Thrifty Car rental

50 miles per day or 500 miles per rental

GroundLink

200 miles per ride

SuperShuttle

50 miles per one-way ride

ExecuCar

150 miles per one-way ride

Carmel

Up to 2 miles per dollar plus 50 to 100 bonus miles

Amtrak

Varies

Other United partners

 

Earning rate

Lending Club

Up to 40,000 miles

Quicken Loans

Up to 25,000 miles

LifeLock

Up to 13,000 miles

1-800 Flowers

Varies

United Vacations

Varies

United Cruises

Up to 100,000 miles

Bottom line

While the United MileagePlus program is valuable on its own, its robust selection of partners makes earning and redeeming miles an even more lucrative proposition. The fact that your elite status transfers to partner airlines can also make air travel much more comfortable and rewarding.

Before you book a flight with United Airlines, check to see whether you could be securing a better redemption rate by flying with a partner airline. Depending on where you’re flying, it’s possible you could spend fewer United miles for a flight with a partner while enjoying the same elite status benefits.

Also make sure you’re taking advantage of point-earning opportunities with United MileagePlus hotel, transportation and business partners. Since you could earn tens of thousands of miles booking cruises, hotels and rental cars or using the services of one of their partners, it’s always worth checking when you make a purchase online.

See Related: How much are United miles worth?, Best United Airlines credit cards, 12 ways to earn United miles, Best ways to redeem United miles, United Airlines elite status benefits, A guide to United Club lounges, How to book a United flight with miles


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Updated: 11-21-2018