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Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest airline with hubs in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Air Canada and its regional affiliate Jazz provide scheduled service to more than 150 destinations on five continents, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

Air Canada rouge, Air Canada’s leisure airline, operates flights to select vacation destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America and Europe from Toronto and Montreal.

Earning miles

Earn MileagePlus miles on all qualifying Air Canada flights, as noted in the charts below. You’ll earn miles according to the booking class that you purchase.

To receive mileage credit, present your MileagePlus number when you make reservations and make sure that it appears on your boarding pass at check-in.

Website:  www.aircanada.com

Mileage accrual

For flights flown on or after March 1, 2015:

Mileage accrual will vary based on MileagePlus status and where you purchased your ticket. Please see the details below.

Ticket number starts with "016" and was purchased from United on united.com, through the United Customer Contact Center or at the airport, or from a travel agency or other travel website

Mileage Accrual Chart for MileagePlus status and MileagePlus multiplier
MileagePlus status Award miles earned
(based on fare1)
Member 5 × fare
Premier® Silver 7 × fare
Premier Gold 8 × fare
Premier Platinum 9 × fare
Premier 1K® 11 × fare

1The fare is the base fare of the ticket plus carrier-imposed surcharges, excluding any government-imposed taxes and surcharges. For tickets purchased in a currency other than U.S. dollars, we will convert the purchase to U.S. dollars using an industry standard exchange rate and then calculate the number of miles you will earn. Please note that the price displayed when purchasing a ticket on united.com includes up to a 7.5% U.S. Federal Transportation Tax on the base amount of the fare on itineraries wholly within the United States. This tax also applies to certain itineraries between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You will not earn PQD or award miles for the full amount of the displayed price for these itineraries because the U.S. Federal Transportation tax is not eligible to earn PQD or miles. Certain fare classes are ineligible for accrual.

Ticket number does not start with "016" and was purchased from an airline other than United or from a travel agency or other travel website

Mileage accrual is based on flight distance2, class of service and purchased fare class.

Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Award mile earnings
(including fare class bonus)
Executive Class J, C, D, Z, P 200%
Premium Economy O, E, N 100%
Full Fare Economy Y, B 150%
Economy M, U, H 100%
Discount Economy Q, V, W, G 75%
Discount Economy S, T, L, A, K 50%
Discount Economy3 S, T, L, A, K 25%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United and Air Canada reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.

2Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.

3Flights within Canada only

I'm not sure about my ticket

If your ticket was purchased directly from united.com, by calling United's Customer Contact Center (including a United specialty desk, such as United Groups, United Meetings or the Premier® Priority Desk), from a United representative at the airport, or through a United ticket office, then you should select the "Ticket number starts with "016" option above. Otherwise, you should select the "Ticket number does not start with 016" option above.

If you don't know how your ticket was purchased, in most cases your ticket number can be found on your confirmation email or receipt. If the ticket number is 13 digits and starts with "016," then you should select the first option above. If the ticket number starts with anything other than "016," then you should select the second option above.

For flights flown before March 1, 2015:

Mileage accrual is based on flight distance2, class of service and purchased fare class.

For flights between February 17, 2014, and March 1, 2015

Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Award mile earnings
(including fare class bonus)4
Executive Class J, C, D 175%
Discount Executive Class Z, P 150%
Premium Economy O, E, N 100%
Full Fare Economy Y, B 125%
Economy M, U, H, Q, V, W, G 100%
Discount Economy S, T, A, L, K 100%
Discount Economy5 S, T, A, L, K 25%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United and Air Canada reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.

2Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.

4Premier members earn a minimum of 500 base miles on all eligible purchased fare classes.

5Flights within Canada and between Canada and the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America or Mexico. Premier members earn a minimum of 125 base miles on S, T, A, L and K purchased fare classes on these flights.

For flights between January 17, 2014, and February 16, 2014

Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Eligible Air Canada fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Award mile earnings
(including fare class bonus)4
Executive Class J, C, D 175%
Discount Executive Class Z 150%
Premium Economy O 100%
Full Fare Economy Y, B 125%
Economy M, U, H, Q, V, W, G 100%
Discount Economy N, P, E, S, T, A, L, K 100%
Discount Economy6 N, P, E, S, T, A, L, K 25%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United and Air Canada reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.

4Premier members earn a minimum of 500 base miles on all eligible purchased fare classes.

6Flights within Canada and between Canada and the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America or Mexico. Premier members earn a minimum of 125 base miles on N, P, E, S, T, A, L and K purchased fare classes on these flights.

Premier qualification

Premier qualification is based on flight distance2, class of service and purchased fare class (excluding any fare class bonus).

MileagePlus Premier qualification
MileagePlus Premier qualification7
Class of service Purchased fare class Premier qualifying miles8, 9 Premier qualifying segments
Executive Class J, C, D, Z, P 150% 1.5
Premium Economy O, E, N 150% 1.5
Full Fare Economy Y, B 150% 1.5
Economy M, U, H, Q, V, W, G 100% 1
Discount Economy S, T, A, L, K 100% 1
Discount Economy (for flights within Canada) S, T, A, L, K 25% 0

2Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.

7For more information on Premier qualification, including how to earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

8Premier members earn a minimum of 500 Premier qualifying miles on all eligible purchased fare classes. For flights within Canada and between Canada and the U.S., Central America, Mexico or the Caribbean, Premier members earn a minimum of 125 base miles on S, T, A, L and K purchased fare classes.

9Unless otherwise noted, Premier qualifying miles are based on flight distance, class of service and purchased fare class.

Premier benefits

If you're a MileagePlus Premier member, you'll be recognized as a Premier member when flying Air Canada.

MileagePlus Premier members receive the following mileage bonuses for flights flown before March 1, 2015, and on tickets that do not start with "016" purchased from an airline other than United or from a travel agency or other travel website for flights flown on or after March 1, 2015.

  • Premier Silver members earn a 25% mileage bonus
  • Premier Gold members earn a 50% mileage bonus
  • Premier Platinum members earn a 75% mileage bonus
  • Premier 1K members earn a 100% mileage bonus

Using miles

Star Alliance awards enable you to use your MileagePlus miles for award travel to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide, on any Star Alliance airline.

  • See our award chart award chart to find out how many miles you'll need, depending on class of service and region of travel. The mileage amounts apply to all Star Alliance carriers and any combination of carriers.
  • You can use miles to fly one way or roundtrip.

You can book award travel on Air Canada through united.com. Please note: Service charges may apply for booking or changing award reservations, depending on ticketing and travel dates and MileagePlus status. Award tickets cannot be issued at the airport. Call 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) to reach the United Customer Contact Center within the U.S. and Canada, or view more contact and language options.

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