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

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See a list of United Airlines partners for opportunities to earn and redeem United miles and use your elite status benefits.

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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.

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United℠ Explorer Card

United Explorer card

Why should you get this card?

With a generous sign-up bonus, the United Explorer Card makes it easy to earn a free flight quickly. If you fly United often, it is easy to make up for the card’s $95 annual fee (waived first year).

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More things to know:

  • 2 miles per dollar on hotels, restaurants and directly purchased United tickets and 1 mile per dollar on other purchases
  • 40,000 miles if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 2 one-time passes to the United Club lounge
  • $100 credit for Global Entry/TSA Precheck every 4 years
  • Free checked bag

 

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

United airline partners

Type of partnerWhere to book flights
Adria AirwaysStar AllianceUnited.com
Aegean AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Air CanadaStar AllianceUnited.com
Air ChinaStar AllianceUnited.com
Air IndiaStar AllianceUnited.com
Air New ZealandStar AllianceUnited.com
ANAStar AllianceUnited.com
Asiana AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
AustrianStar AllianceUnited.com
AviancaStar AllianceBy phone
Avianca in BrazilStar AllianceBy phone
Brussels AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Copa AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Croatia AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
EgyptAirStar AllianceUnited.com
Ethiopian AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
EVA AirStar AllianceUnited.com
Juneyao AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
LOT Polish AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
LufthansaStar AllianceUnited.com
SASStar AllianceUnited.com
Shenzhen AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Singapore AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
South African AirwaysStar AllianceUnited.com
Swiss International AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
TAP PortugalStar AllianceUnited.com
THAI AirwaysStar AllianceUnited.com
Turkish AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Aer LingusOther partnerUnited.com
AeromarOther partnerUnited.com
Air DolomitiOther partnerUnited.com
AzulOther partnerUnited.com
Boutique AirOther partnerUnited.com
Cape AirOther partnerUnited.com
Edelweiss AirOther partnerUnited.com
EurowingsOther partnerUnited.com
Hawaiian AirlinesOther partnerUnited.com
Olympic AirOther partnerUnited.com
Silver AirwaysOther partnerUnited.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.com1,000-10,000 miles per night
PointsHound.comUp to 10,000 miles per night
AC Hotels by Marriott1 mile per dollar
Aloft2 miles per dollar
Andaz500 miles per stay
Ascend Hotel Collection250 miles per stay
Autograph Collection Hotels2 miles per dollar
Baymont Inn & Suites1-2 miles per dollar
Best Western250 miles per stay
Cambria Suites250 miles per stay
Candlewood Suites1 mile per dollar
Clarion250 miles per stay
Comfort Inn250 miles per stay
Comfort Suites250 miles per stay
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson250 miles per stay
Courtyard by Marriott1 mile per dollar
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Days Inn1-2 miles per dollar
Delta Hotels2 miles per dollar
Design Hotels2 miles per dollar
Eaton Hotels International250 miles per night
Econo Lodge250 miles per stay
EDITION2 miles per dollar
Element by Westin2 miles per dollar
Fairfield Inn by Marriott1 mile per dollar
Fiesta Americana2,000 miles per stay
Four Points by Sheraton2 miles per dollar
Gaylord Hotels2 miles per dollar
Grand Hyatt500 miles per stay
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham1-2 miles per dollar
Holiday Inn Express2 miles per dollar
Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Hotel Indigo2 miles per dollar
Howard Johnson1-2 miles per dollar
Hyatt Centric500 miles per stay
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Hyatt House500 miles per stay
Hyatt Place500 miles per stay
Hyatt Regency500 miles per stay
Hyatt Summerfield Suites500 miles per stay
Hyatt Zilara500 miles per stay
Hyatt Ziva500 miles per stay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
La Quinta Inns & Suites750 miles per stay
The Langham Hotels & Resorts500 miles per night
Le Meridien2 miles per dollar
The Luxury Collection2 miles per dollar
MainStay Suites250 miles per stay
Marriott Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Marriott Vacation Club2 miles per dollar
Microtel Inns Suites1-2 miles per dollar
Millennium Hotels and Resorts250-500 miles
Moxy Hotels1 mile per dollar
Park Hyatt Hotels500 miles per stay
Park Inn by Radisson250 miles per stay
Park Plaza500 miles per stay
Protea Hotels1 mile per dollar
Quality250 miles per stay
Radisson500 miles per stay
Radisson Blu500 miles per stay
Radisson RED500 miles per stay
Ramada Worldwide1-2 miles per dollar
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Residence Inn by Marriott1 mile per dollar
The Ritz-Carlton2 miles per dollar
Rodeway Inn250 miles per stay
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Sleep Inn250 miles per stay
SpringHill Suites by Marriott1 mile per dollar
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Staybridge Suites1 mile per dollar
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel250 miles per stay
Super 81-2 miles per dollar
TownePlace Suites by Marriott1 mile per dollar
Traders Hotels500 miles per stay
Travelodge1-2 miles per dollar
Tribute Portfolio2 miles per dollar
TRYP by Wyndham1-2 miles per dollar
Unbound Collection500 miles per stay
W Hotels2 miles per dollar
Westin Hotels & Resorts2 miles per dollar
Wingate by Wyndham1-2 miles per dollar
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts1-2 miles per dollar

United transportation partners

Earning rate
HertzUp to 1,250 miles per rental
Dollar Car Rental50 miles per day or 500 miles per rental
Thrifty Car rental50 miles per day or 500 miles per rental
GroundLink200 miles per ride
SuperShuttle50 miles per one-way ride
ExecuCar150 miles per one-way ride
CarmelUp to 2 miles per dollar plus 50 to 100 bonus miles
AmtrakVaries

Other United partners

Earning rate
Lending ClubUp to 40,000 miles
Quicken LoansUp to 25,000 miles
LifeLockUp to 13,000 miles
1-800 FlowersVaries
United VacationsVaries
United CruisesUp 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 milesUnited MileagePlus Shopping guide

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