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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 changed on July 1, 2015, as Copa Airlines launched its own loyalty program. 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

MileagePlus status
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

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, J 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, N2 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.

2For flights flown on or after June 13, 2015, fare class N is ineligible for accrual.

All other Copa Airlines-operated flights

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, J 100%
Economy Flex Y, B, M, H 100%
Economy Plus K, V, U, S, W, E 75%
Economy Promo L, T, N2 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.

2For flights flown on or after June 13, 2015, fare class N is ineligible for accrual.

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 distance3, class of service and fare class purchased.

Copa Airlines-operated flights within Colombia

Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles4
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.

3Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.

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

All other Copa Airlines-operated flights

Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Eligible Copa Airlines fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Base miles4
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.

4All 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.

Copa Airlines-operated flights within Colombia

MileagePlus Premier qualification table
MileagePlus Premier qualification5
Class of service Purchased fare class Premier qualifying miles6, 7 Premier qualifying segments
Business Flex C 150% 2
Business Promo D, J 150% 2
Super 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, N2 100% 1

2For flights flown on or after June 13, 2015, fare class N is ineligible for accrual.

5For more information on Premier qualification, including how to earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

6All members earn a minimum of 500 Premier qualifying miles on all eligible purchased fare classes.

7As a percentage of base (actual flight) miles

All other Copa Airlines-operated flights

MileagePlus Premier qualification table
MileagePlus Premier qualification5
Class of service Purchased fare class Premier qualifying miles6, 7 Premier qualifying segments
Business Flex C 150% 2
Business Promo D, J 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, N2 100% 1

2For flights flown on or after June 13, 2015, fare class N is ineligible for accrual.

5For more information on Premier qualification, including how to earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) on partner airlines, please see the Premier Status Qualification Requirements page.

6All members earn a minimum of 500 Premier qualifying miles on all eligible purchased fare classes.

7As 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 also use your miles on Saver and Standard Awards on flights operated by Copa Airlines.

    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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