Questions about earning miles

  • For each flight, you will earn miles based on your MileagePlus status and the MileagePlus program rules in effect on the date of travel.

  • No. You will earn award miles only on the base fare plus carrier-imposed surcharges paid, but not on any government-imposed taxes and fees. The price displayed when purchasing a ticket on 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.

  • Yes, the member who travels will earn the miles, not the member who purchases the ticket.

  • You will be able to see how many award miles you earn for each flight on your monthly MileagePlus statement.

  • No, you will not earn award miles for payment toward United travel products (such as Economy Plus® seating, United Club℠ membership or one-time pass, Award Accelerator® or Premier Accelerator℠) or other charges (such as checked baggage service charges, MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays or reservation change fees).

  • 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.
  • Yes. For eligible tickets, when a dollar-value credit is applied as a form of payment for some or all of the ticket purchase, your award mile earning will be based on the base fare plus carrier-imposed surcharge amount quoted before applying the credit.

  • Yes. When a discount (such as percent-off or dollar-off certificate or offer code) is applied, it adjusts the base fare to reflect a new discounted price. Your award mile earning will be based on this new base fare along with any carrier-imposed surcharges.

  • Yes, but only the primary paid ticket will earn award miles, not the companion or secondary ticket.

  • Yes. For example, United MileagePlus Explorer Card members earn two award miles for each $1 spent on tickets purchased from United. Learn about our credit card partners


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