Great Lakes Airlines

Great Lakes Airlines was a previous airline partner, but is no longer in operations. Please see the information below.

Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations on March 27, 2018. If you have a ticket for a flight operated by Great Lakes Airlines after this date, please contact 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) or your local United Customer Contact Center  so we can help rebook your travel or provide a refund.
MileagePlus members may claim mileage credit for previously flown Great Lakes Airlines-operated flights, up to 12 months after the date of their flight. Please refer to the requesting mileage credit section of our site for information on obtaining missing mileage credit. 

Earning miles

Because Great Lakes Airlines has ceased operations, this information is for reference purposes only.

Earn MileagePlus miles on all qualifying Great Lakes flights with a United flight number, as noted in the charts below. You'll earn miles according to the booking class that you purchase.

To receive mileage credit, present your MileagePlus number when you make reservations and make sure that it appears on your boarding pass at check-in.


Mileage accrual

Mileage accrual will vary based on MileagePlus status and where you purchased your ticket. Please see the details below.

Ticket number starts with "016" and was purchased from United on, through the United Customer Contact Center or at the airport, or from a travel agency or other travel website

Ticket number starts with "016" and ticket was purchased from United
MileagePlus statusAward miles earned (based on fare1)
Member5 × fare
Premier® Silver7 × fare
Premier Gold8 × fare
Premier Platinum9 × fare
Premier 1K®

11 × fare

Ticket number does not start with "016" and was purchased from an airline other than United or from a travel agency or other travel website

Mileage accrual is based on flight distance2, class of service and purchased fare class.

Mileage accrual table for eligible Great Lakes fare classes
Class of servicePurchased fare classAward mile earnings
(including fare class bonus)
EconomyY, C, D, I, R, A, E, K, N100%

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United and Great Lakes Airlines reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.


  • The 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 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. Certain fare classes are ineligible for accrual.
  • Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.