United’s Increased Mileage Earning Structure for Premium Travelers


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United Airlines announced they would be offering increased mileage bonuses for first class travelers.  From January 9 through February 28 you can earn bonus award miles when you complete qualifying flight segments booked in premium cabin fares (fare classes F, A, J, C, D, Z or P) with United, United Express and select airline partners.

United’s Increased Mileage Earning Structure for Premium Travelers

United's Increased Mileage Earning Structure for Premium Travelers

United will automatically add the bonus miles to your MileagePlus account two to four weeks after the qualifying flight is completed.

2015 New Year Bonus Miles Promotion Terms & Conditions:

  1. No registration is required.
  2. Travel must begin on or after January 9, 2015, and be completed on or before February 28, 2015, to qualify for this offer.
  3. The number of bonus miles earned for each qualifying flight segment will be based on the member’s MileagePlus status on the date of travel.
  4. For this offer, “Long-Haul” flight segments are defined as those with a scheduled distance of at least 3,000 miles or the p.s.® routes between New York JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco. “Short-Haul” flight segments are non-p.s. routes and those with a scheduled distance of less than 3,000 miles. Distance determinations will be made by United Airlines in its discretion.
  5. MileagePlus Premier® 1K® members are eligible to earn 12,000 bonus award miles for qualifying Long-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D, 3,500 award miles for qualifying Long-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes Z or P, 1,000 award miles for qualifying Short-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D, or 500 award miles for qualifying Short-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes Z or P.
  6. Premier Platinum, Premier Gold and Premier Silver members are eligible to earn 6,000 bonus award miles for qualifying Long-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D, 1,000 award miles for qualifying Long-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes Z or P, 500 award miles for qualifying Short-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D, or 250 award miles for qualifying Short-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes Z or P.
  7. Members without Premier status are eligible to earn 3,000 bonus award miles for qualifying Long-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D, or 250 award miles for qualifying Short-Haul flight segments booked in fare classes F, A, J, C or D.
  8. Qualifying flight segments included in this promotion are flights operated by United or United Express®, or flights marketed by United and operated by Air Canada (AC), All Nippon Airways (NH), Austrian Airlines (OS), Brussels Airlines (SN), Copa Airlines (CM), Lufthansa (LH) or Swiss International Airlines (LX).
  9. Eligible flight segments operated by these select airline partners must have an associated UA flight number to be eligible for this promotion.
  10. Flight segments marketed by United and operated by Copa Airlines are only eligible for the associated bonuses in fare classes Z and P. Members without Premier status will not earn a bonus through this promotion on flight segments operated by Copa Airlines.
  11. The number of bonus miles earned from MileagePlus partners on qualifying flight segments is based on the operating carrier’s equivalent fare class, which could result in differences between the booking class purchased and the booking class flown.
  12. Traveler must be a member of United’s MileagePlus program and qualifying flight segments must be credited to the member’s MileagePlus account by March 31, 2015, in order for the member to receive this offer.
  13. Bonus award miles do not count toward Premier status qualification or Million Miler status.
  14. Offer is only valid for flight segments originally booked in fare classes F, A, J, C, D, Z or P.
  15. Award tickets and tickets that are not eligible to earn award miles do not qualify for this offer.
  16. This offer is not combinable with other non-combinable offers.

Bottom Line

This promotion looks very similar to American’s recent offer for their elite fliers to earn bonus miles in first class, however unlike American’s which is good the whole year, United’s is only good until the end of February.

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Comments

  1. It is only valid until 28 February because that’s when United switches to a revenue-based earning program, at which point the earn rates on premium fares are likely to exceed those on AA metal even with AA’s big bonus. This is simply a stop-gap to remain competitive for the next 7 weeks given AA’s efforts to stay competitive with UA and DL’s revenue-based earning which will be a windfall for most premium passengers.

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