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Premier benefits and more

The more you fly, the sooner you'll achieve Premier status.

The more you fly United, United Express® and select MileagePlus partners, the sooner you'll achieve Premier status, which gives additional benefits to our most active members. These include bonus award miles, upgrades, priority travel services, fee waivers, discounts and benefits when traveling with Star Alliance™ member airlines.

Inside Premier® status

Premier benefits chart

Economy Plus seating benefits1
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Complimentary access to Economy Plus At check-in At booking At booking At booking
Economy Plus companions 1 1 8 8
Upgrades2
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Complimentary Premier Upgrades Available Available Available Available
Complimentary Premier Upgrades companion upgrades Available Available Available Available
Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation (as early as) Day of departure 48 hours 72 hours 96 hours
Instant upgrades on Y- or B-class full-fare economy tickets Available Available Available Available
Instant upgrades on M-class economy tickets Not available Not available Not available Available
Regional Premier Upgrades eligibility Not available Not available Available Available
Global Premier Upgrades eligibility Not available Not available Not available Available
Premier mileage bonuses3
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
500 PQM minimum accrual Available Available Available Available
Award miles on United and United Express and select partner airlines (includes Premier bonus award miles) 7 × fare4 8 × fare4 9 × fare4 11 × fare4
Premier priority travel services, including Premier Access®5
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Priority check-in Available Available Available Available
Priority security screening, where offered Available Available Available Available
Priority boarding privileges Available Available Available Available
Priority baggage handling Available Available Available Available
Premier Priority Desk phone line Available Available Available 1K 1Call dedicated line
Access to most sold-out flights Available Available Available Available
Lounge access when traveling internationally Not available Available Available Available
Discounts and waivers on service charges and fees
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Complimentary checked baggage allowance for economy tickets6 1 bag at 50 lbs. (23 kg) 2 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each6 3 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each 3 bags at 70 lbs. (32 kg) each
Discounted or waived same-day flight changes7 Not available Available Available Available
Discounted United Club℠ membership rates Not available Not available Available Available
Discounted or waived phone service charge Not available Not available Available Available
Award travel benefits
Benefit Premier Silver Premier Gold Premier Platinum Premier 1K®
Priority award waitlisting Available Available Available Available
Standby for international awards Available Available Available Available
Unrestricted access to United Everyday Awards on United- and United Express-operated flights Available Available Available Available
Better availability for United Saver Awards in economy Available Available Available Available
Better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins Not available Not available Available Available
Reduced or waived close-in award booking fee Available Available Available Available
Reduced or waived award redeposit fee8 Available Available Available Available
Reduced or waived award change fee Available Available Available Available

Travel benefits on Star Alliance member airlines

Premier Silver members receive Star Alliance Silver benefits
Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members receive Star Alliance Gold benefits
  1. Complimentary Economy Plus 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.

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  2. Premium cabin upgrades of any type are not allowed for Basic Economy (N) fares, including Complimentary Premier Upgrades, Instant Upgrades, Regional Premier Upgrades, Global Premier Upgrades, MileagePlus Upgrade Awards and Paid upgrades.

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  3. 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. Premier qualifying credit is not available to customers on tickets containing Basic Economy (N) fares. Learn more about earning miles on United flights

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. For United Economy® tickets issued or re-issued before February 1, 2015, Premier Gold members are eligible for three complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each. For United Economy tickets issued or re-issued on or after February 1, 2015, Premier Gold members are eligible for two complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each with the exception of travel to and from select international markets, where Premier Gold members are eligible for three complimentary checked bags at 70 pounds (32 kg) each. To determine specific checked baggage service charges, please use the Baggage Calculator.

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  7. Flight changes are not permitted on tickets containing Basic Economy (N) fares, even for Premiers.

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  8. 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.

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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