The Bottom Line
- Member of the Star Alliance (24 airline partners)
- Baggage fees are waived for elite members
- Complimentary First Class upgrades - (when available)
- Low redemption fees for reward travel
- $150 change fee
- $150 cancellation fee
- Miles not posted/credited in a timely manner
- Rewards, loyalty, and travel incentive program
- Earn miles on your business travel and gain elite status and upgrades
- Turn business travel into free travel
Guide Review - United Airlines Mileage Plus
Signing up for United Mileage Saver is easy: from the United Airlines website, fill in your personal information and create a user name and password. United Mileage Plus will send you a welcome email explaining the program in detail.
Travel on United, United Express, or any of the 24 airline partners (including Star Alliance members) will earn you points. Miles earned with Star Alliance partners may vary in how they are accrued. Partner airlines will also accept your Mileage Plus frequent flyer number.
United Mileages Plus miles can be earned through a number of credit card partners. The main credit card partner is Chase, which offers Visa and MasterCard. Varying with special promotions, each dollar spent with a credit card partner will generally earn one United Mileage Plus mile.
Cashing in your miles for flights is easy. From the "Redeem Miles" tab on the website, plug in your travel dates and hit "Search!" Most domestic trips will set you back 25,000 miles, round trip. The best news is this process will only cost you $5 plus any airport fees and taxes. These low redemption fees are new as of July 2009, and even apply to last-minute reward tickets (not something you'll always find with other airlines).