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United MileagePlus Frequent Flyer Rewards Program

Information verified correct on February 24th, 2017

Discover the benefits and features of the United Airlines MileagePlus Frequent Flyer program.

United Airlines is a well-known international airline that's based in the US and a member of the Star Alliance. With over 200 destinations on it's flight schedule, there's a pretty good chance you'll end up on a United Airlines flight at some time or another.

Key details of the United MileagePlus Frequent Flyer program

The Mileage Plus program is brilliant in it's simplicity. There are no fancy terms and conditions, and no strange rules when it comes to earning points. Very simply members earn points when they fly with United, United Express, or any other Star Alliance airline, or by shopping with one of the programs partner companies.

With over 100 different partners on board, and 10,000 locations worldwide to make those purchases, earning reward points is going to be a doddle. When you've earned enough points you can then exchange them for free travel, or other special gifts.

The range of destinations you can choose to redeem your products for is huge. 139 different countries, and over 800 cities worldwide to be exact!

What other benefits are there?

The Mileage Plus program has four levels of membership, and the benefits received correspond to the level of membership you belong to.

The first three levels of membership don't really differ all that much other than in terms of upgrades. All three of the early levels of membership receive free seating upgrades, priority check-in, and waiting list priority.

Members of the highest level of membership known as "1K" receive the same benefits but with lounge access, priority boarding, discounted baggage fees, priority standby, 100% mileage bonus, and a discount to the Red Carpet Club.

Those who travel regularly and earn enough points will have the chance to upgrade their membership so they can increase the level of rewards on offer to them.

There's also a bonus for those who pass the million miles travelled landmark. Anyone who reaches that milestone gets Premier Executive status for the rest of their life. They also receive two local upgrades per year, 3 network wide upgrades a year and a one-way upgrade on United express flights to anywhere in the world. There are also special rewards for those who reach the 2 and 3 million miles landmark.

One of the great things about this frequent flyer program is that points are uncapped. It means there are no limits on the amount of points you can earn. There is also no expiry date on your points so you can use them whenever you wish.

The only time your points are at risk is if there is no activity on your account for 18 months. A situation that probably won't occur very often for those who regularly travel.

All in all United have done a very good job with their air miles program, and anyone who uses any of the airlines involved in the scheme on a frequent basis should definitely get themselves signed up.
Learn more about United Mileage Plus Frequent Flyer Program here

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