Read our comprehensive guide to United MileagePlus to learn about the best ways to earn, redeem and maximize United miles.
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For world travelers looking to fly with miles, the United MileagePlus program may offer the best combination of travel options, value and flexibility in routing out of any airline loyalty program. Not only can you use miles on United’s worldwide fleet, but you have your choice of 39 airline partners to use your miles (as well as elite status benefits) on.
What is United MileagePlus?
There are many advantages to the MileagePlus program: United’s flight network is huge, United’s award routing rules are a little more generous than average (allowing you to book a free stopover on certain itineraries), MileagePlus doesn’t add fuel surcharges to any of its flights and, best of all, United miles can be extremely valuable when used the right way.
There are a few drawbacks, too. There are many fees for booking, changing and canceling flights with United, including a $75 fee for booking awards less than 21 days in advance. Also, MileagePlus Saver Awards – which can be a really great redemption value – are limited in availability. Meanwhile, United’s alternative to Saver Awards – Everyday Awards – are widely available but very expensive.
United has a fair amount of Saver Awards scattered through its calendar, but, still, if you don’t have the flexibility to check multiple dates and times, you might give the MileagePlus program a pass.
Read on for a full overview of the United MileagePlus program, including how to earn and redeem miles for the most value.
United program overview
|Type of currency||Miles|
|Average point value||1.52 cents|
|Credit cards||United TravelBank, United Explorer Card, United MileagePlus Club Card, United MileagePlus Go, United MileagePlus Explorer Business, United MileagePlus Club Business|
|Redemption options||Airfare, airline statement credits, hotels, car rentals, cruises, TSA PreCheck credit, in-flight wi-fi credit, United Club membership, merchandise, gift cards, gas discounts, magazines/newspaper subscriptions, experiences, event awards, Broadway shows, restaurant gift cards, airport dining, credit card annual fee credit, charity|
|Minimum required to redeem||8,000 miles for Saver Awards|
|Do rewards expire?||After 18 months of no activity (earning or redeeming miles)|
|Airline partners||28 Star Alliance partners and 11 additional partners|
|Flight coverage||Excellent. 21,000+ daily flights, 1,300+ destinations, 190+ countries|
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