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Star Alliance Gold or Silver status benefits

Above and Beyond

Please use your 8-character MileagePlus number when booking travel on Star Alliance™ member airlines in order to ensure that you receive the benefits associated with your status.

United MileagePlus Premier® members automatically have Star Alliance Gold or Silver status.

MileagePlus Premier 1K®, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members automatically have Star Alliance Gold status.

MileagePlus Premier Silver members automatically have Star Alliance Silver status.

With Star Alliance Gold or Silver status, Premier members enjoy worldwide recognition and travel benefits on all Star Alliance member airlines and earn Premier qualifying miles (PQM)Footnote 1 and Premier qualifying segments (PQS)Footnote 1 in the MileagePlus program when traveling to more than 1,100 destinations. Star Alliance Gold members also have lounge access to the largest lounge network in the world. Learn more about lounge access.

Take a look at the additional benefits our MileagePlus Premier members enjoy with Star Alliance Gold or Silver status:

Additional Star Alliance benefits
Star Alliance Gold or Silver status benefits Gold status Silver status
Priority airport check-inFootnote 2 - allows you to check in at the United Business® and/or United First® counter. Benefit included  
Extra baggage allowanceFootnote 3 - an additional 44 pounds (20 kg) or one additional piece of luggage on all eligible flights. Benefit included  
Gold Track (Priority Security & Immigration)Footnote 4 - allows you to use expedited security and immigration lanes where available. Benefit included  
Airport lounge accessFootnote 5 - available worldwide for you and a friend when you travel on an eligible Star Alliance member flight. Benefit included  
Priority boardingFootnote 2 - ability to board through priority lanes and before the general boarding process. Benefit included  
Priority baggage handling - like you, your bags get priority treatment and are among the first to be unloaded. Benefit included  
Priority reservations waitlistingFootnote 6 - when there aren't any seats left on your preferred flight, gives you a higher priority should a seat become available prior to day of departure. Benefit included Benefit included
Priority airport standbyFootnote 6 - gives you higher priority when standing by for a flight at the airport. Benefit included Benefit included


  1. On eligible fare classes, which vary by Star Alliance member airline. Return to reference
  2. Where available. Return to reference
  3. Eligible flights include flights operated by United and United Express as well as most connecting travel on Star Alliance member airlines. Baggage allowance eligibility determined by the check-in carrier operating your itinerary’s first segment. Please refer to each member carrier's baggage allowance policies for further information. Return to reference
  4. To see where Gold Track (Priority Security & Immigration) is available visit Return to reference
  5. The following rules and restrictions apply: Return to reference
    • 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.
  6. Not permitted for Star Alliance award tickets. Return to reference

The benefits of Star Alliance Silver status and Star Alliance Gold status are subject to change and subject to the rules of Star Alliance.

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

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