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Earning miles on United flights

MileagePlus award miles

Every time you purchase an eligible fare and travel on flights operated by United or United Express®, you earn award miles that are deposited into your MileagePlus account. How you earn award miles depends on the type of ticket purchased, ticketing airline and operating airline.

  • MileagePlus members will earn MileagePlus award miles based on the fare​1 and MileagePlus status for the following flights, with some exclusions as listed at the bottom of this page.
    • Flights operated by United and United Express, and
    • Flights operated by a Star AllianceTM or MileagePlus partner airline for tickets issued by United (ticket number starting with "016")

  • Members will earn award miles based on the flight distance2 and the purchased fare class for the following tickets and flights, with some exclusions as listed at the bottom of this page.
    • Specialty tickets for flights operated by United or United Express, and
    • Flights ticketed and operated by a Star Alliance or MileagePlus partner airline. Please see the Airline Partners and Global Alliances page for partner-specific information.

       

      Flights operated by Tickets issued by Award miles based on:
      Fare1 Flight distance2 and
      purchased fare class
      United or United Express Any airline  
      Star Alliance partner airline
      or other MileagePlus partner airline
      United
      (ticket number starting with "016")
       
      Airlines other than United  

       

  • For eligible flights that earn award miles based on the fare1, all members will receive five base miles per dollar, and Premier members will earn Premier bonus award miles based on their Premier status on the date of travel as shown below:


    • MileagePlus status Base miles earned
      (based on fare1)
      Premier bonus award miles
      (based on fare1)
      Total award miles earned3
      (based on fare1)
      Member 5 × fare - 5 × fare
      Premier Silver 5 × fare 2 × fare 7 × fare
      Premier Gold 5 × fare 3 × fare 8 × fare
      Premier Platinum 5 × fare 4 × fare 9 × fare
      Premier 1K® 5 × fare 6 × fare 11 × fare


Specialty tickets

Certain specialty tickets (including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque tickets where the fare you paid is not provided to United) will earn award miles based on the flight distance2 and the purchased fare class using the chart below:

Eligible fare classes on specialty
tickets for flights operated by
United or United Express
Base award miles4 earned
(based on flight distance2)
Fare class bonus
(calculated from base miles4)
J, C, D, Z, P, F, A 100% 50%
Y, B, M 100% 0%
E, U, H, Q, V, W 75% 0%
S, T, L, K, G, N 50% 0%


Premier members are eligible to earn Premier bonus award miles on specialty tickets, in addition to the miles shown in the table above, based upon the member's Premier status on the date of travel and the base miles4 earned.

Additional information

  • To earn miles for your flight, provide your MileagePlus number when you make your reservation and make sure that it appears on your boarding pass at check-in. The miles you earn for flights operated by United and United Express should credit to your account 48 hours after your travel is completed.
  • Save your boarding pass until your flight miles have been credited to your account. Learn more about Requesting Credit to Your MileagePlus Account for United and partner airlines.
  • Members can earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket, excluding Award Accelerator purchases or bonuses from applicable promotions.
  • Please see the exclusions below for additional details.

View frequently asked questions about earning miles

Premier qualifying credits

MileagePlus members flying on United and United Express will earn Premier qualifying credits toward Premier status based on the flight distance2 and purchased fare class, with bonuses for paid United Global FirstSM, United First®, United BusinessFirst®, United Business® or full-fare United Economy® tickets. Premier members are also eligible to earn a minimum of 500 Premier qualifying miles on United and United Express flights.

Eligible purchased fare classes Premier qualifying miles (PQM) Premier qualifying segments (PQS)
F, A 150% 1.5
J, C, D, Z, P 150% 1.5
Y, B 150% 1.5
M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N 100% 1

Members earn Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges on eligible flights operated by United and United Express. Certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque fares, do not earn PQD. You can also earn PQD for Economy Plus® purchases.

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.

Visit the Premier Status Qualification page for more information on the requirements for Premier status.

Exclusions on earning award miles and Premier qualifying credits

  • MileagePlus award miles and Premier qualifying credits may not be earned on certain United and MileagePlus partner airline tickets. These include, but are not limited to:
    • United tickets purchased and used in violation of United's Contract of Carriage, fare tariffs and the MileagePlus Program Rules
    • All free travel and all MileagePlus award travel
    • Charter flights
    • Industry free or industry reduced-rate tickets
    • Promotional certificates
    • Unpublished or opaque fares, including but not limited to those booked through priceline.com and Hotwire
    • Tickets, products or services purchased and used in violation of the terms and conditions applicable to United's MileagePlus partners
Expand Additional conditions

United Airlines reserves the right to exclude certain flights, fares, tickets, routes, products and/or programs from earning MileagePlus award miles and/or Premier qualifying credits.


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.

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

3Members can earn up to a maximum of 75,000 award miles per ticket, excluding Award Accelerator® purchases or bonuses from applicable promotions.

4Base miles are defined as award miles that MileagePlus members earn for travel on flights operated by United, United Express, Star Alliance member airlines or MileagePlus partner airlines, excluding any fare class bonus miles, Premier bonus miles or any other miles earned from promotions or offers.​
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