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Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines is the flag carrier of Panama. From its hub in Panama City, Panama, Copa Airlines serves more than 60 destinations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Please note: Some MileagePlus benefits on Copa Airlines flights will change on July 1, 2015, as Copa Airlines will launch its own loyalty program in July 2015. Learn more >

Earning miles

Earn MileagePlus® miles on all qualifying Copa Airlines 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.copaair.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 per dollar
Member Ticket price1 × 5
Premier® Silver Ticket price1 × 7
Premier Gold Ticket price1 × 8
Premier Platinum Ticket price1 × 9
Premier 1K® Ticket price1 × 11

1The ticket price is the base fare plus carrier-imposed surcharges. Actual mileage posting will be determined by the actual ticket price, purchased ticket routing, fare class, Premier status, residency, ticket issue date and flight departure date. For tickets purchased in a currency other than US dollars, we will convert the purchase to US dollars and then calculate the number of miles you will earn.

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
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles
Business Flex C 100%
Business Promo D 100%
Economy Flex Y, B, M, H, Q 100%
Economy Plus K, V, U, S, W, E 75%
Economy Promo L, T, N 50%

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

Premier bonus award miles do not apply.

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.

Copa Airlines-operated flights within Colombia

Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles
Business Flex C 100%
Business Promo D 100%
Super Flexi Y, B, M, H 100%
Economy Flex Q, K, V 100%
Economy Plus U, S, W 75%
Economy Promo E, L, T, N 50%

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

Premier bonus award miles do not apply.

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.

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 distance, class of service and fare class purchased.

Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles2
Business Flex C 175%
Business Promo D 150%
Economy Flex Y, B, M, H, Q 125%
Economy Extra K, V, U, S, W, E 100%
Economy Promo L, T, N 100%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United Airlines and Copa Airlines 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.

2All members earn a minimum of 500 base miles on all purchased fare classes.

Copa Airlines-operated flights within Colombia

Eligible copa airlines fare classes table
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles2
Business Flex C 175%
Business Promo D 150%
Super Flexi Y, B, M, H 125%
Economy Flex Q, K, V 100%
Economy Extra U, S, W 100%
Economy Promo E, L, T, N 100%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United Airlines and Copa Airlines 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.

2All members earn a minimum of 500 base miles on all purchased fare classes.

Premier qualification

The miles you earn on Copa Airlines qualify toward MileagePlus Premier status.

MileagePlus Premier qualification table
MileagePlus Premier qualification3
Class of service Purchased fare class Premier qualifying miles4, 5 Premier qualifying segments
Business Flex C 150% 2
Business Promo D 150% 2
Economy Flex Y, B, M, H, Q 150% 2
Economy Plus K, V, U, S, W, E 100% 1
Economy Promo L, T, N 100% 1

3For more information on Premier qualification, including how to earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

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

5As a percentage of base (actual flight) miles

Copa Airlines-operated flights within Colombia

MileagePlus Premier qualification table for flights within Colombia
MileagePlus Premier qualification3
Class of service Purchased fare class Premier qualifying miles4, 5 Premier qualifying segments
Business Flex C 150% 2
Business Promo D 150% 2
Suepr Flexi Y, B, M, H 150% 2
Economy Flex Q, K, V 150% 2
Economy Extra U, S, W 100% 1
Economy Promo E, L, T, N 100% 1

3For more information on Premier qualification, including how to earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

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

5As a percentage of base (actual flight) miles

Premier benefits

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

  • Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members receive Star Alliance® Gold benefits.
  • Premier Silver members receive Star Alliance Silver benefits.
  • 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 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 Copa Airlines 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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