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Premier benefits and more

Premier benefits and more

The more you fly, the sooner you'll achieve Premier status.

How you earn award miles on flights will change on March 1, 2015. Learn more ›

The more you fly United, United Express®, Copa Airlines1 and select MileagePlus® partners, the sooner you'll achieve Premier status, which gives additional benefits to our most active members. These include bonus award miles, upgrades, priority airport services, fee waivers, discounts and benefits when traveling with Star AllianceTM members.

Inside Premier® status

Premier benefits chart


Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Economy Plus seating benefits
Complimentary access to Economy Plus At check-in At booking At booking At booking
Economy Plus companions 1 1 8 8
Upgrades
Complimentary Premier Upgrades MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Complimentary Premier Upgrades companion upgrades MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation (as early as) Day of departure 48 hours 72 hours 96 hours
Instant upgrades on Y- or B-class full-fare economy tickets MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Instant upgrades on M-class economy tickets       MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Regional Premier Upgrades eligibility     MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Global Premier Upgrades eligibility       MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Premier mileage bonuses2
500 award miles and PQM minimum accrual MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Premier bonus award miles on United, United Express, Copa Airlines1 and select partner airlines 25% 50% 75% 100%
Premier priority travel services, including Premier Access®3
Priority check-in MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Priority security screening, where offered MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Priority boarding privileges MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Priority baggage handling MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Premier Priority Desk phone line MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum 1K 1Call dedicated line
Access to most sold-out flights MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Lounge access when traveling internationally   MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Payment code for Global Entry application fee4UPDATE   MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K
Discounts and waivers on service charges and fees
Complimentary checked baggage allowance for domestic economy tickets5UPDATE 1 bag at 50 lbs. (23 kg) 3 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each5UPDATE 3 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each 3 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each
Discounted or waived same-day flight changes   MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Discounted United Club℠ membership rates MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Discounted or waived phone service charge     MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
10% discount on inflight Duty Free purchases MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
$60 statement credit for MileagePlus Chase Credit Card Cardmembers6       MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Award travel benefits
Priority award waitlisting MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Standby for international awards MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Unrestricted access to United Standard Awards MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Better availability for United Saver Awards in economy MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins     MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Reduced or waived close-in award booking fee MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Reduced or waived award redeposit fee MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Reduced or waived award change fee MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Travel benefits with Star Alliance members
Star Alliance Silver or Gold status Star Alliance Silver Star Alliance Gold Star Alliance Gold Star Alliance Gold

1Some 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>

2United 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.

3Customers who do not receive complimentary Premier Access may have the option to purchase Premier Access for a particular flight. A Premier Access purchase includes priority check-in, security lane access (where available) and boarding, but it does not include priority baggage handling. Premier Access is not available for purchase on flights operated by Copa Airlines or Copa Airlines Colombia.

4As of February 1, 2015, MileagePlus will no longer provide a payment code which can be used as the form of payment for the $100 Global Entry application fee. Eligible members may continue to request a payment code until January 31, 2015.

5For all United Economy® tickets issued or re-issued before February 1, 2015, Premier Gold members are eligible for three complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each. For United Economy tickets issued or re-issued on or after February 1, 2015, Premier Gold members are eligible for two complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For travel to and from select international markets, Premier Gold members are eligible for three complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each. To determine specific checked baggage service charges, please use the Baggage Calculator.

6Credit will be posted once a year, in the second calendar quarter. Limit one per member. Eligibility for credit is based on Premier status at time of posting.

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