Most consumers have an airline they prefer over others, and mine happens to be United Airlines. It’s not that I’ve flown every airline, or that United has gone out of their way to discount my flights or provide me the things that other airlines do not. However I can honestly say I’ve never had a problem in dozens of flights with United. Sometimes a flight is delayed a few minutes, and sometimes I land a few minutes late, but I’ve never lost a bag with United, never had a problem checking in with United, and never sat in the airport for hours with United. In fact, I foolishly booked a flight with Jet Blue just a few weeks ago, and ended up sitting at the airport as my flight was delayed seven hours. Ugh.
Since I use United as my primary airline, I participate in the United MileagePlus® program, a free frequent flier program that helps you earn awards that can be redeemed for travel, dining, shopping, and more. MileagePlus is the frequent flyer program of United Airlines, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia and Aeromar. MileagePlus was also the loyalty program left standing after United and Continental merged in 2011. MileagePlus miles can also be earned on over 25 partner airlines, including many regional and international partners.
Earning and Redeeming Reward Miles
The United MileagePlus® program includes a litany of travel perks for frequent fliers, including the ability to earn award miles for flights, which can be redeemed discounted or free travel upgrades, vacations, discounted or free items through their shopping portal, and more. You can even buy, transfer or give miles to other members.
Earning Premier Status
The United Mileage Plus program features several different Premier Status levels, including Premier Silver, Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K, Global Services, and the Million Miles and Beyond club. These various Premier Status levels give members access to upgrades, priority boarding, priority security screening, access to lounges, and other perks (all depending on your status level, of course!).
There is also a co-branded credit card called the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card. Some of the benefits include airline miles, priority boarding, and other perks. Check with the website for special terms, conditions, and current offers.
As with all loyalty and rewards programs, there are a variety of specific terms, exclusions, etc. I recommend you read the fine print, which can be found here.
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