The 2015 MileagePlus program

Changing the way you earn award miles, and giving you more ways to use them.

We're changing the MileagePlus® program to reward our members for their travel spending with United®. And we're adding new ways to use your award miles, to make the frequent flyer program with the best award availability 1 even better.

What's new: How you earn award miles

As of March 1, 2015, the award miles you earn on most United and United Express® flights will be based on your fare 2 instead of the flight distance 3, so members will be rewarded for their travel spending on United. And when you have Premier® status, you’ll earn even more.

To see how many miles you could earn, enter a fare 2 and select a member level:

  • x 5Member
  • x 7Premier Silver
  • x 8Premier Gold
  • x 9Premier Platinum
  • x 11Premier 1K®


award miles

The mileage calculator is for estimating purposes only. Actual mileage posting will be determined by the actual fare 2 and Premier status. For tickets purchased in a currency other than US dollars, we will convert the purchase to US dollars and then calculate the number of miles you will earn.

Please note that this won't change how you qualify for MileagePlus Premier status.

You will still earn even more miles with a MileagePlus cobranded credit card, just as you do today.

For flights that will earn award miles based on fare 2, the class-of-service bonus and Premier bonus will be included in the number of award miles you earn per dollar.

This new way of earning award miles will apply to flights operated by United and United Express, with some exclusions. It will also apply to flights operated by a Star Alliance or MileagePlus partner airline when the ticket number starts with "016."

Flights that are operated by a Star Alliance or MileagePlus partner airline that are not ticketed by United (ticket numbers that don’t start with "016"), will still earn award miles based on flight distance2 and the purchased fare class, with some exclusions.

You will still earn Premier® qualifying miles (PQM) based on the distance of your flight. Premier members will still earn a minimum of 500 PQM on United and United Express flights shorter than 500 miles.

You will be able to earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket. There will not be a minimum number of award miles you can earn for a flight.

Want to learn more? Read the FAQ.


When will this program update take effect?

The change to how you earn award miles will apply to flights for travel departing on or after March 1, 2015, regardless of when you purchase the ticket. The new options for using miles will be available in early 2015 – be sure to watch your email for more details.

Who will this program update apply to?

This program update will apply to all MileagePlus members worldwide. 

Will this change affect how I earn lifetime miles toward Million Miler status?

No. Your lifetime miles balance will still be based on the flight distance2 on United, United Express and Copa Airlines through June 30, 2015. Copa Airlines will launch its own loyalty program on July 1, 2015, and beginning on that date only flights on United and United Express will count toward your lifetime miles balance. Learn more.

Does this change affect how I earn bonus award miles with my U.S.-based or international United MileagePlus credit card?

No. If you hold a credit card that earns MileagePlus miles, nothing is changing with how you earn those miles. For example, United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers will earn two award miles for each $1 spent on tickets purchased from United. Visit for more information on our credit card partners.

Want to learn more? Read the FAQs.