United Airlines changes MileagePlus program

11 June 2014

United Airlines said it will make changes to its MileagePlus program in 2015. Members will earn award miles based on their ticket price rather than distance flown.

Beginning March 1, 2015, members will earn award miles based on the price of their ticket specifically the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges and their MileagePlus status. Members will earn five miles for every dollar spent, while those with MileagePlus Premier status will earn based on their base fare and carrier surcharges.

The new earning structure will apply to MileagePlus members worldwide for most tickets for travel on United and United Express flights, and most United-issued tickets for flights on the company´s airline partners tickets with numbers that begin with “016.” Members may earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket.

In addition, next year United plans to offer members new opportunities to use their award miles, including for single-flight purchases of extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats and to purchase Economy Plus and checked-baggage subscriptions.

MileagePlus is United´s award-winning loyalty program in which members earn miles by flying United, United Express, Star Alliance or United´s other airline partners, and by purchasing products or services from many partners worldwide.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. United´s parent is United Continental Holdings, Inc (NYSE: UAL).

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