MileagePlus Air Awards

Traveling on an award ticket is not one-size-fits-all. You have the flexibility to choose the award type and class of service that suits your needs. All United awards are one-way, which means you can also choose a different class of service for each direction.

Pick the class of service you want, when you want. Maybe you need personal workspace on your outbound trip or want to start your vacation in style. You can travel outbound in one class and return in a different class. It’s your choice.

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Last Seat Availability Benefit

MileagePlus members can book awards without capacity controls on flights operated by United and United Express. If a seat is available, members have unrestricted access to book an award, even if it's the last seat on the plane.

Excursionist Perk

The Excursionist Perk is a free one-way award within select multi-city itineraries. Members who book an itinerary with three or more one-way awards will be eligible to receive one of those one-way awards for free if it meets all of these conditions:

The Excursionist Perk cannot be in the MileagePlus defined region where your travel originates. (For example, if your journey begins in North America, you will only receive the Excursionist Perk if travel is within a region outside of North America.)

  • Travel must end in the same MileagePlus defined region where travel originates.
  • The origin and destination of the Excursionist Perk are within a single MileagePlus defined region.
  • The cabin of service and award inventory of the free one-way award is the same or lower than the one-way award preceding it.
  • If two or more one-way awards qualify for this benefit, only the first occurrence will be free.

Examples of award itineraries in United Economy®:

The award itinerary below shows how the Excursionist Perk preserves the benefit of the stopover policy.
Award itinerary 1Miles
ORD - LHR30,000
CDG - ORD30,000
The award itinerary below shows how the Excursionist Perk can be used in a complex multi-city itinerary.
Award itinerary 1Miles
MEX - EWR17,500
LAS - SAN12,500
SAN - MEX17,500