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United MileagePlus members may use miles to offset carbon emissions

16 April 2014

In celebration of Earth Month, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) company United Airlines said it will enhance its carbon-offset program that allows MileagePlus members to redeem their miles for offsets to cover the carbon emissions associated with their air travel.

The company´s existing program provides all United customers the opportunity to calculate and purchase offsets for their travel and cargo shipments, and now customers can use their frequent flyer miles to help the environment.

The new carbon-offset mileage-redemption program, the first of its kind to be offered by a US carrier, supports projects that benefit renewable wind-power generation and forest conservation. When MileagePlus customers choose to offset their emissions after booking on, they may select from a list of United Eco-Skies partners to redeem their miles for the offset.

To learn more about redeeming miles for carbon offsets, customers should visit

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. For more information, visit


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