Mileage and Premier products

Award Accelerator

While you always have the option to buy award miles, you're able to purchase extra award miles at a reduced price each time you fly with us. With Award Accelerator®, you can buy miles at a discount off of the standard price per mile. Simply purchase Award Accelerator when you book your next flight, and the miles will credit to your MileagePlus® account within 24 hours of your purchase. The MileagePlus program allows you to use your miles in more ways than ever — from air travel and cruises to everyday purchases and activities.

For more information, see the full terms and conditions.

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Premier Accelerator

Premier Accelerator℠ helps you achieve Premier® status faster by allowing you to purchase additional Premier qualifying points (PQP) or Premier qualifying flights (PQF). Premier Accelerator is available when purchased in combination with Award Accelerator. If you would like more information about your progress toward Premier status, please visit mystatus.united.com

For more information, see the full terms and conditions.

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Buy, gift or transfer miles

Purchasing Personal Miles® is perfect when you don't have enough award miles or are planning for your next adventure. You can apply these miles toward award travel on United or any Star Alliance™ or MileagePlus airline partner. You can also use these miles for an upgrade or other awards such as hotel stays, car rentals, name-brand merchandise and more.

For more information, see the full terms and conditions.

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  • Award Accelerator

    • Mileage purchases are nonrefundable and are subject to the MileagePlus program rules.
    • A federal excise tax is included in the Award Accelerator price.
    • Miles purchased with Award Accelerator are redeemable miles only. Miles purchased do not count toward Premier® qualifying points (PQP), Premier qualifying flights (PQF) or lifetime miles.
    • Miles will credit to your MileagePlus account within 24 hours of purchase.
    • Award Accelerator is only available for purchase until you board your return flight and cannot be purchased after that. If your itinerary is for one-way travel, then Award Accelerator is only available until you board your flight.
    • Award Accelerator can only be purchased once per itinerary.
    • Pricing and offer may vary by member and are subject to change without notice.
    • Award Accelerator is available only on tickets issued by United (including award tickets), although travel can be operated by another airline. Certain types of tickets may be excluded.

    Premier Accelerator

    • Purchases of Premier qualifying points (PQP) and Premier qualifying flights (PQF) are nonrefundable and are subject to the MileagePlus program rules. The Premier qualifying points (PQP) or Premier qualifying flights (PQF) purchased as part of Premier Accelerator count toward satisfying Premier qualification criteria in the calendar year that the purchase is made. PQP or PQF may not be used to redeem awards.
    • Premier Accelerator alone will not result in Premier status qualification. All program qualification criteria still apply. As part of qualification for any Premier level, members must fly a minimum of four paid flights operated by United® or United Express® during a calendar year and satisfy any applicable PQP and PQF requirements. To view your progress toward Premier status, please visit mystatus.united.com
    • PQP or PQF purchased through Premier Accelerator will credit to your MileagePlus account within 24 hours of purchase.
    • Premier Accelerator is only available until you board your return flight and cannot be purchased after that point. If your travel is one way, then Premier Accelerator is only available until you board your flight.
    • You must purchase Award Accelerator to qualify for the option to purchase Premier Accelerator. The option to purchase Premier Accelerator may become available after you select an Award Accelerator offer.
    • Premier Accelerator can be purchased once per itinerary. If you have already purchased Award Accelerator for your travel but did not purchase Premier Accelerator, then you are no longer eligible for a Premier Accelerator offer on that itinerary.
    • Pricing and offer may vary by member and are subject to change without notice.
    • Premier Accelerator is available only on tickets issued by United (including award tickets), although travel can be operated by another airline. Certain types of tickets may be excluded.
    • Customers who are traveling on a Basic Economy ticket cannot purchase Premier Accelerator.

    Personal Miles®

    • All Personal Miles are nonrefundable.
    • Personal Miles cost $35 per 1,000 award miles, plus a federal excise tax.
    • These miles will be credited to your MileagePlus account within 48 hours of purchase.
    • The miles you purchase with Personal Miles are award miles and do not count toward Premier qualification. Personal Miles purchases do not count toward the Premier qualifying dollar (PQD) requirement for Premier status qualification.
    • Personal Miles purchases do not count toward lifetime miles.
    • Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.
    • There is a minimum purchase of 3,000 miles per purchase for each MileagePlus account.
    • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 up to a maximum of 150,000 miles.
    • Your credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
    • Purchased miles are subject to all MileagePlus terms and conditions.
    • Program fees and mileage rates are subject to change.
    • For support relating to Personal Miles purchases, email custserv@ualmiles.com.

    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

  • Award Accelerator® and Premier Accelerator℠

    Are Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator offered for all flights?

    Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator are available for most tickets issued by United, including award tickets and tickets for travel operated by other airlines. The specific number of miles or Premier qualifying credits offered and the purchase price may vary by member based on​ the length of your flight, your itinerary and other criteria. Miles and Premier qualifying credits available for purchase may not be directly related to the miles and Premier qualifying credits you'll otherwise be earning for your flight. Certain types of tickets may be excluded.

    Do I need to buy Award Accelerator before I can purchase Premier Accelerator?

    Yes, you must purchase Award Accelerator to qualify for the option to purchase Premier Accelerator. The option to purchase Premier Accelerator becomes available only after you have selected an Award Accelerator offer.

    How many times can I purchase Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator for my travel?

    Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator can be purchased once per itinerary. If you want to buy Premier Accelerator, then you must purchase it at the same time as Award Accelerator. If you purchase Award Accelerator without purchasing Premier Accelerator, then you will no longer be eligible for a Premier Accelerator offer on that itinerary.

    When will the miles I purchase post to my account?

    Miles or Premier qualifying credits purchased with Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator will post to your account within 24 hours of purchase. The actual flight miles you'll earn for your trip will still post after completion of your flight.

    Why did I see a different offer during check-in than I saw on united.com?

    When you purchase miles during online check-in or at an airport kiosk, offers are based on the flights for which you are checking in. When purchasing miles on united.com outside of check-in, offers are based on the total remaining flights in your reservation.

    What happens if I change or cancel my flight after purchasing?

    All Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator purchases are nonrefundable. You'll be able to keep any miles or Premier qualifying credits you've purchased even if you change or cancel your trip. This also applies when your flight is rerouted or interrupted due to conditions outside of your control.

    Can I purchase Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator if I have a Basic Economy ticket?

    Customers who are traveling on a Basic Economy ticket can purchase Award Accelerator, but are not allowed to purchase Premier Accelerator.

    For additional support relating to Award Accelerator and Premier Accelerator purchases, please contact the MileagePlus Service Center.

    Buy, gift or transfer miles

    How does buying or gifting miles work?

    In order to buy MileagePlus miles for your account, you must be a current MileagePlus member in good standing. A combined total of 150,000 award miles may be purchased per account per calendar year through MileagePlus Personal Miles and/or MileagePlus Give Miles®. A MileagePlus account number is required when buying miles. Your credit card will be billed immediately for this transaction.

    MileagePlus award travel seats are subject to capacity controls. All standard MileagePlus program rules and conditions apply. Please allow 48 hours for your MileagePlus account to be updated. MileagePlus award miles are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Other terms may apply. Program fees and mileage rates are subject to change.

    How much do award miles cost? Is there tax on the purchase?

    Award miles cost $0.035 USD per mile. In addition, a federal excise tax applies and is included in the displayed price. Your credit card will be billed immediately for this transaction.

    Can I get a refund for Personal Miles purchases?

    Personal Miles purchases are nonrefundable and non-transferable.

    How long will it take for Personal Miles purchases to post to my MileagePlus account?

    Please allow 48 hours for Personal Miles purchases to post to your MileagePlus account.

    How many award miles may I buy through Personal Miles?

    You may purchase a maximum of 150,000 award miles per MileagePlus account, per calendar year.

    Do my Personal Miles purchases help me qualify for MileagePlus Premier® status?

    Personal Miles purchases do not count towards qualification for MileagePlus Premier status levels.

    For additional support relating to Personal Miles purchases, email custserv@ualmiles.com.​​​

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