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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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Learn about United Airlines partners that can help you 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 26 different airlines within the Star Alliance. To offer even more opportunities to earn miles, United Airlines also cooperates with 12 worldwide partners, such as Hawaiian Airlines, Cape Air and Eurowings.

See related: 12 ways to earn more United Airlines miles

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. This guide includes information on all the United Airlines partners you should know about, as well as how to make the most of them each time you book airfare with cash or airline miles.

United Airlines airline partners

Type of partnerWhere to book flights
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 AllianceUnited.com
Brussels AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Copa AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Croatia AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Egypt AirStar AllianceUnited.com
Ethiopian AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
EVA AirStar AllianceUnited.com
LOT Polish AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
LufthansaStar AllianceUnited.com
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)Star AllianceUnited.com
Shenzhen AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
Singapore AirlinesStar AllianceUnited.com
South African AirwaysStar AllianceUnited.com
Swiss International Airlines (SAS)Star AllianceUnited.com
TAP Air 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 partnerCall United
Cape AirOther partnerUnited.com
Edelweiss AirOther partnerUnited.com
EurowingsOther partnerUnited.com
Hawaiian AirlinesOther partnerUnited.com
Olympic AirOther partnerCall United
Silver AirwaysOther partnerUnited.com
VistaraOther partnerUnited.com

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 one of the largest lounge networks in the world.

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.

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

BenefitStar SilverStar Gold
Priority reservations waitlistingYesYes
Priority airport standbyYesYes
Priority airport check-inYes
Extra baggage allowanceYes
Gold Track (Priority security and immigration)Yes
Airport lounge accessYes
Priority boardingYes

Using a credit card to earn United miles

If you’re hoping to earn United miles you can use toward free flights with United Airlines and its partners, you should know that several co-branded credit cards can help in this respect. The United Club Infinite Card is a premium airline credit card that comes with United Club access, a free first and second checked bag and up to $100 toward a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application. You’ll earn 4 miles per dollar on United purchases, 2 miles per dollar on dining and other travel and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, although a $525 annual fee applies. You’ll also earn a bonus of 100,000 miles if you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

See related: Which United Airlines credit card should you choose?

If you’re looking for another avenue to earn United miles and prefer to pay a smaller annual fee, you can also check out the United Explorer Card. This card gives you 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on your card within three months of account opening, and you earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases, dining and hotels booked directly and 1 mile per dollar on other purchases.

Cardholder perks include two one-time United Club passes, up to $100 credit toward a Global Entry or TSA Precheck application, priority boarding and more. This card also waives the $95 annual fee for the first year.

Also keep in mind that United MileagePlus is a Chase Ultimate Rewards partner, meaning you can transfer points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve to this frequent flyer program. All transfers start at 1,000 points, but with the 1:1 transfer ratio, you’ll get 1,000 miles for each 1,000 points you transfer.

See related: Best airline credit cards

To initiate a transfer from points to miles, all you have to do is log into your Chase credit card account and head to Chase Ultimate Rewards. From there, you can click on “Transfer to Travel Partners.”

Once you complete that step, you’ll be directed to a page where you can select United MileagePlus and transfer Chase points in increments of 1,000.

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 Airlines hotel partners

PartnerEarning rate
United Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Rocketmiles1,000 to 10,000 miles per night
PointsHoundUp to 10,000 miles per night
AC Hotels by Marriott1 mile per $1 spent
aloft2 miles per $1 spent
AmericInn by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Andaz500 miles per stay
Ascend Hotel Collection250 miles per stay
Autograph Collection Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Baymont by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Best Western250 miles per stay
Cambria Suites250 miles per stay
Candlewood Suites1 mile per $1 spent
Clarion250 miles per stay
Comfort Inn250 miles per stay
Comfort Suites250 miles per stay
Cordis Hotels and Resorts500 miles per night
Country Inn & Suites by RadissonConvert points to miles
Courtyard by Marriott1 mile per $1 spent
Crowne Plaza2 miles per $1 spent
Days Inn by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Dazzler by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Delta Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Eaton HK250 miles per night
Econo Lodge250 miles per stay
EDITION2 miles per $1 spent
Element by Westin2 miles per $1 spent
Esplendor Boutique Hotels1-2 miles per $1 spent
Fairfield Inn by Marriott1 mile per $1 spent
Fiesta Americana2,000 miles per stay
Four Points by Sheraton2 miles per $1 spent
Gaylord Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Grand Hyatt500 miles per stay
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Holiday Inn Express2 miles per $1 spent
Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
Hotel Indigo2 miles per $1 spent
Howard Johnson1-2 miles per $1 spent
Hyatt Properties500 miles per stay
InterContinental Hotel Groups2 miles per $1 spent
JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
La Quinta by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
The Langham Hotels and Resorts500 miles per night
Le Meridien2 miles per $1 spent
The Luxury Collection2 miles per $1 spent
MainStay Suites250 miles per stay
Marriott Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
Microtel by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Millennium Hotels and Resorts250-500 miles
Moxy Hotels1 mile per $1 spent
Park Inn by RadissonConvert points to miles
Park PlazaConvert points to miles
Protea Hotels1 mile per $1 spent
Quality250 miles per stay
RadissonConvert points to miles
Ramada by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Renaissance Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Residence Inn by Marriott1 mile per $1 spent
The Ritz-Carlton2 miles per $1 spent
Rodeway Inn250 miles per stay
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 miles per stay
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
Sleep Inn250 miles per stay
SpringHill Suites1 mile per $1 spent
St. Regis Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
Staybridge Suites1 mile per $1 spent
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel250 miles per stay
Super 8 by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
TownePlace Suites1 mile per $1 spent
Trademark Collection1-2 miles per $1 spent
Traders Hotels500 miles per stay
Travelodge1-2 miles per $1 spent
Tribute Portfolio2 miles per $1 spent
TRYP by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Unbound Collection500 miles per stay
W Hotels2 miles per $1 spent
Westin Hotels and Resorts2 miles per $1 spent
Wingate by Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent
Wyndham1-2 miles per $1 spent

United transportation partners

PartnerEarning rate
HertzUp to 1,250 miles per rental
Dollar Rent A Car50 miles per rental day
Thrifty Car Rental50 miles per rental day
AmtrakVaries

Other United partners

PartnerEarning rate
United CruisesVaries
FTD20 miles per $1 spent
1-800 Flowers15 miles per $1 spent
Teleflora750 bonus miles
TPCVaries
Timeshifter App200 to 500 miles
LifeLockUp to 13,000 miles
eRewardsVaries
Harry & David30 miles per $1 spent
Travelex1-2 miles per $1 exchanged
Opinion Miles ClubVaries
Vinesse Wines5,000 miles plus 1 mile per $1 spent
MyPointsUp to 1,500 miles
VisaCentralVaries
Thanks Again100 miles for enrolling; 1 mile per $1 spent
IT&EVaries
Mobil Guam and Saipan3 miles per gallon purchased

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.

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