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Premier benefits and more

Premier benefits and more

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

The more you fly United, United Express® 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 travel services, fee waivers, discounts and benefits when traveling with Star AllianceTM member airlines.

Inside Premier® status

Premier benefits chart


Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Economy Plus seating benefits1
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 PQM minimum accrual MileagePlus Premier Silver MileagePlus Premier Gold MileagePlus Premier Platinum MileagePlus Premier 1K®
Award miles on United and United Express and select partner airlines (includes Premier bonus award miles) 7 × fare3 8 × fare3 9 × fare3 11 × fare3
Premier priority travel services, including Premier Access®4
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®
Discounts and waivers on service charges and fees
Complimentary checked baggage allowance for economy tickets5 1 bag at 50 lbs. (23 kg) 2 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each5 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 rates6 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 Cardmembers7       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 on United- and United Express-operated flights 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 on Star Alliance member airlines
Premier Silver members receive Star Alliance Silver benefits
Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members receive Star Alliance Gold benefits

1Complimentary Economy Plus access is determined by the highest Premier status of the travelers on the reservation. Complimentary Economy Plus seating for travelers on award tickets that are issued or re-issued on or after April 15, 2015, is based on the traveler's status at booking for Premier Gold and above or at time of check-in for Premier Silver, rather than the status of the member whose miles were used to purchase the award ticket.

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. Learn more about earning miles on United flights

3The 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.

4Customers 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.

5For 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 with the exception of travel to and from select international markets, where 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.

6Effective August 18, 2015, Premier Silver and Premier Gold members will no longer receive a discount on new United Club memberships or memberships renewed more than 30 days after expiration, and the discount provided to Premier Platinum members will change. Learn more about United Club membership rates

7Credit 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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