Benefits of Premier status

Explore all the perks that come with MileagePlus Premier® status, like complimentary access to Economy Plus® and preferred seating, waived fees, upgrades, priority travel services and more.
Upgrade eligibility by Premier level
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Priority check-in
Priority security screening, where offered
Priority boarding Group 2 Group 1 Group 1 Pre-board
Complimentary checked bags in Economy, 70 lbs. (32 kg) 1 2 3 3
3 complimentary checked bags in premium cabin, 70 lbs. (32 kg)
United Club℠ annual membership discount Not available Not available $50 discount $100 discount
Access to most sold-out flights Y-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departure Y-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departure Y-class ticket, at least 2 hrs. before departure Y- or B-class ticket, at least 1.5 hrs. before departure
Same-day flight change fees7 $75 Waived Waived Waived
CLEAR® discounted annual membership $109 $109 $109 Waived
Complimentary Premier Upgrades (as early as) Day of departure 48 hours 72 hours 96 hours
Complimentary access to Economy Plus or preferred seating Preferred seating at booking; Economy Plus at check-in At booking At booking At booking
Complimentary Economy Plus for travel companions 1 1 8 8
Preferred seating for travel companions 8 8 8 8
Instant upgrades to the premium cabin on Economy tickets Y or B class fares Y or B class fares Y or B class fares Y, B or M class fares
Regional Premier Upgrades Not available Not available 210 +211
Global Premier Upgrades Not available Not available Not available 611
1 free drink and 1 snack in Economy Not available Not available Not available Available
Earn 500 PQM, even if the flight is under 500 miles Available Available Available Available
Extra miles per dollar on United®, United Express® and select partner airlines 7X fare6 8X fare6 9X fare6 11X fare6
No blackout dates for award flights on United and United Express Available Available Available Available
Better award availability in Economy Available Available Available Available
Better award availability in select premium cabins Not available Not available Available Available
Priority award waitlisting Available Available Available Available
Standby for international award flights Available Available Available Available
Premier Priority Desk phone line Available Available Available Available
Phone booking service fees $25 $25 Waived Waived
Award travel change/cancel fees 61 or more days from departure $75 $50 Waived Waived
Award travel change/cancel fees 60 or fewer days from departure $100 $75 $50 Waived
Close-in award booking fee $50 $25 Waived Waived
Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status Not available Available Available Available
Complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status Five Star Five Star President's Circle President's Circle
United Cruises onboard amenities offer Available Available Available Available
TPC® Network golf course benefits Available Available Available Available
Mercedes-Benz incentives Available Available Available Available

Upgrade eligibility by Premier level

  • Premier Silver

  • Premier Gold

  • Premier Platinum

  • Premier 1K®

  • Premier Silver

  • Premier Gold

  • Premier Platinum

  • Premier 1K®

  • Premier Silver

    Group 2
  • Premier Gold

    Group 1
  • Premier Platinum

    Group 1
  • Premier 1K®

    Pre-board

  • Premier Silver

    1
  • Premier Gold

    2
  • Premier Platinum

    3
  • Premier 1K®

    3

  • Premier Silver

  • Premier Gold

  • Premier Platinum

  • Premier 1K®

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Not available
  • Premier Platinum

    $50 discount
  • Premier 1K®

    $100 discount

  • Premier Silver

    Y-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departure
  • Premier Gold

    Y-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departure
  • Premier Platinum

    Y-class ticket, at least 2 hrs. before departure
  • Premier 1K®

    Y- or B-class ticket, at least 1.5 hrs. before departure

  • Premier Silver

    $75
  • Premier Gold

    Waived
  • Premier Platinum

    Waived
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    $109
  • Premier Gold

    $109
  • Premier Platinum

    $109
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    Day of departure
  • Premier Gold

    48 hours
  • Premier Platinum

    72 hours
  • Premier 1K®

    96 hours

  • Premier Silver

    Preferred seating at booking; Economy Plus at check-in
  • Premier Gold

    At booking
  • Premier Platinum

    At booking
  • Premier 1K®

    At booking

  • Premier Silver

    1
  • Premier Gold

    1
  • Premier Platinum

    8
  • Premier 1K®

    8

  • Premier Silver

    8
  • Premier Gold

    8
  • Premier Platinum

    8
  • Premier 1K®

    8

  • Premier Silver

    Y or B class fares
  • Premier Gold

    Y or B class fares
  • Premier Platinum

    Y or B class fares
  • Premier 1K®

    Y, B or M class fares

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Not available
  • Premier Platinum

    210
  • Premier 1K®

    +211

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Not available
  • Premier Platinum

    Not available
  • Premier 1K®

    611

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Not available
  • Premier Platinum

    Not available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    7X fare6
  • Premier Gold

    8X fare6
  • Premier Platinum

    9X fare6
  • Premier 1K®

    11X fare6

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Not available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    $25
  • Premier Gold

    $25
  • Premier Platinum

    Waived
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    $75
  • Premier Gold

    $50
  • Premier Platinum

    Waived
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    $100
  • Premier Gold

    $75
  • Premier Platinum

    $50
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    $50
  • Premier Gold

    $25
  • Premier Platinum

    Waived
  • Premier 1K®

    Waived

  • Premier Silver

    Not available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Five Star
  • Premier Gold

    Five Star
  • Premier Platinum

    President's Circle
  • Premier 1K®

    President's Circle

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

  • Premier Silver

    Available
  • Premier Gold

    Available
  • Premier Platinum

    Available
  • Premier 1K®

    Available

MileagePlus rules: The accrual of miles and Premier® qualifying credits, redemption of awards and provision of benefits through the United MileagePlus program, including the Premier Program, are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the MileagePlus program. See the complete rules and details of the MileagePlus program

Footnotes

  • 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 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.
  • Complimentary checked baggage allowance applicable only on United® and United Express® operated flights, and is determined by Premier status at time of check-in with United. To determine specific checked baggage service charges, please use the Baggage Calculator.
  • Customers 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.
  • Complimentary Economy Plus and preferred seating access is determined by the highest Premier status of the travelers on the reservation. Complimentary Economy Plus seating for travelers on award tickets 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. Complimentary (and paid) access/upgrades to Economy Plus are not valid for tickets containing Basic Economy.
  • Upgrades of any type are not allowed for Basic Economy fares or Economy (first bag charge/no changes allowed) fares. This includes Complimentary Premier Upgrades, Instant Upgrades, Regional Premier Upgrades, Global Premier Upgrades, MileagePlus Upgrade Awards, Star Alliance Upgrade Awards, and Paid upgrades.
  • United 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.
  • Flight changes are not permitted on tickets containing Basic Economy fares or Economy (first bag charge/no changes allowed) fares, even for Premiers.
  • There is a $125 redeposit fee for members who do not show up for their flight and request a redeposit of their miles. This fee applies to all members.
  • The benefits of Star Alliance Silver status and Star Alliance Gold status are subject to change and subject to the rules of Star Alliance.
  • Once you meet the requirements for Platinum.
  • Once you meet the requirements for 1K.

Star Alliance™ benefits

Star alliance benefits chart
Benefit Star Silver Star Gold
Priority reservations waitlisting2
Priority airport standby3
Priority airport check-in3 Not available
Extra baggage allowance4 Not available
Gold Track (Priority Security and Immigration)5 Not available
Airport lounge access6 Not available
Priority boarding3 Not available

Star alliance benefits chart

  • Star Silver

  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

    Not available
  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

    Not available
  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

    Not available
  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

    Not available
  • Star Gold

  • Star Silver

    Not available
  • Star Gold

Footnotes

  • On eligible fare classes, which vary by Star Alliance member airline.
  • Not permitted for Star Alliance award tickets.
  • Where available.
  • On eligible flights operated by United and United Express as well as most connecting travel on Star Alliance member airlines. Your eligibility depends on the airline you check in with (which is the airline operating your itinerary’s first flight). Please refer to each airline's bag policies for further information.
  • To see where Gold Track (Priority Security & Immigration) is available, visit staralliance.com/gold-track
  • The following rules and restrictions apply:
    • When traveling on a Star Alliance member-operated flight, eligible Star Alliance Gold members (MileagePlus Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold) may visit designated Star Alliance member lounges. United Star Alliance Gold members may access any United Club only when holding a boarding pass for a same-day international Star Alliance member flight. United Star Alliance Gold members may access other Star Alliance member lounges before any departure on a Star Alliance member airline flight.
    • Guests must enter with eligible Star Alliance Gold members (MileagePlus Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold) and must depart on a Star Alliance airline, though not necessarily on the same flight as the member. At some destinations, where no member carrier lounge is present, a contract lounge may be available. Star Alliance Gold members may access these facilities when traveling with a Star Alliance member airline that has an agreement with the contract lounge. The same rules and restrictions for member carrier lounge access apply to a contract lounge facility.

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