The 2015 MileagePlus program
Changing the way you earn award miles, and giving you more ways to use them.
We changed the MileagePlus® program to reward our members for their travel spending with United®. And we're adding new ways to use your award miles, to make the frequent flyer program with the best award availability Footnote 1 even better.
What's new: How you earn award miles
As of March 1, 2015, the award miles you earn on most United and United Express® flights are based on your fare Footnote 2 instead of the distance Footnote 3 you fly, so members are rewarded for their travel spending on United. And when you have Premier® status, you earn even more.
United and United Express
To see how many award miles you earn on United-issued tickets and flights operated by United and United Express, enter a fare Footnote 2 and choose a member level.
On flights operated and ticketed by partner airlines, your miles are based on the flight distance and the purchased fare class using the formula: Base miles + fare bonus + Premier bonus. Not sure who issued your ticket?
Please note that this won't change how you qualify for MileagePlus Premier status (This link opens in a new tab.).
You will still earn even more miles with a MileagePlus cobranded credit card, just as you do today.
For flights that will earn award miles based on fare Footnote 2, the class-of-service bonus and Premier bonus will be included in the number of award miles you earn per dollar.
This new way of earning award miles will apply to flights operated by United and United Express, with some exclusions (This link opens in a new tab.). It will also apply to flights operated by a Star Alliance™ or MileagePlus partner airline when the ticket number starts with "016."
Flights that are operated by a Star Alliance™ or MileagePlus partner airline and not ticketed by United (ticket numbers that don’t start with "016"), will still earn award miles based on flight distance Footnote 3 and the purchased fare class, with some exclusions (This link opens in a new tab.).
You will still earn Premier® qualifying miles (PQM) based on the distance of your flight. Premier members still earn a minimum of 500 PQM on United and United Express flights shorter than 500 miles.
You will be able to earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket. There is no minimum number of award miles you can earn for a flight.
Want to learn more? Read the FAQ.
What's next: More and better ways to use your miles
For the fifth year in a row, MileagePlus is ranked #1 in award seat availability among U.S. global carriers Footnote 1. You already have so many innovative ways to use award miles, from flights with United's global network to hotel stays to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And in 2016, you'll have new choices:
How can I tell who issued my ticket?
Your ticket was issued by United if you purchased it from us in any of these ways:
- Directly from united.com
- Through our Customer Contact Centers, including United Groups, United Meetings and the Premier® Priority Desk
- From a United representative at the airport
- Through a United ticket office
You can also check your flight confirmation email or your receipt on united.com. Tickets issued by United always have a 13-digit ticket number starting with "016." Show sample ticket number.
Otherwise, your ticket was issued by another airline.
What will I earn on flights operated by partner airlines?
If your flight is operated by a Star Alliance or MileagePlus partner, you’ll earn miles based on the airline that issued your ticket:
When will this program update take effect?
The change to how you earn award miles applies to flights departing on or after March 1, 2015, regardless of when you purchased the ticket. The new options for using miles will be available soon – be sure to watch your email for more details.
Who will this program update apply to?
This program update applies to all MileagePlus members worldwide.
Will this change affect how I earn lifetime miles toward Million Miler status?
No. Your lifetime miles balance will still be based on the flight distance Footnote 3 on United, United Express and Copa Airlines through June 30, 2015. Copa Airlines will launch its own loyalty program in July 2015, and beginning on that date only flights on United and United Express will count toward your lifetime miles balance. Learn more (This link opens in a new tab.).
Does this change affect how I earn bonus award miles with my U.S.-based or international United MileagePlus credit card?
No. If you hold a credit card that earns MileagePlus miles, nothing is changing with how you earn those miles. For example, United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers will earn two award miles for each $1 spent on tickets purchased from United. Visit united.com (This link opens in a new tab.) for more information on our credit card partners.
Want to learn more? Read the FAQs.