Each premier status level earns a set number of base miles when spending money on a ticket. Premier Bonus award miles are issued in addition to the base earnings and are available for flights on United, United Express and select partners including: Air Canada, ANA, Austrian, Azul, Brussels, Lufthansa and SWISS.
As a member of the Star Alliance airline partnership, United partners with over two dozen airlines. This is in addition to the large list of non-alliance partners. This is great news because you can earn and use your MileagePlus miles to book on all of these airlines, giving you options to fly pretty much anywhere in the world.
Earning miles with partner airlines is not exactly straightforward. Depending on the airline, your mileage accrual will be based on either the fare or the flight distance plus the fare class purchased.
United permanently eliminated change fees for most economy cabin and premium-cabin tickets when traveling within the U.S., between the U.S. and Mexico or the Caribbean. International travel originating in the U.S. also will not incur any change fees.
United considers children under 2 years old to be eligible for lap infant status. When flying with a lap infant, there are no fees when flying within the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An infant ticket is required for infants without a seat traveling to international destinations.
Believe it or not, there are still more ways to load up on MileagePlus miles. MileagePlus members can earn even more miles when using the United dining program, shopping through the MPX app and with hotel stays.
Toni Perkins-Southam is a deputy editor for credit cards and travel rewards at Forbes Advisor. A points and miles enthusiast, she has been leveraging loyalty programs to travel around the world (for nearly free) with her husband and their four young children.
Most people will transfer Citi ThankYou points to Turkish Miles & Smiles since Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles is a 1:1 Citi Transfer Partner. Simply log in to ThankYou.com and transfer your points to Turkish Miles & Smiles like you would with any airline partner.
Transfers from Citi are not instant. Transfer times vary from 18-30 hours. You should easily receive the miles in time to ticket your held award provided you initiate the transfer right away after placing the hold.
Changes before check-in will incur a $25 fee (the ticket must be used within 1 year of the day it is issued). Changes after check-in or a no-show will incur a $50 fee. Itineraries can be canceled over the phone and miles are immediately re-deposited.
Just following up as it seems others have had this issue. After emailing my local Turkish Air office they first gave me the same answer that tickets were confirmed. I provided screenshots from United. They finally were able to check that there was a technical issue booking with miles for multiple tickets. They reissued the tickets with new United confirmation number. It is still not perfect missing last leg but they are working on it. I can now see all 5 passengers on United website. I hope this is a rare experience however, it will be hesitant to book again with Miles & Smiles. Thanks for all the tips here.
Thank you for posting this! I am following closely. Hope your trip is awesome! We are going to Maui in Apr via Southwest due to the intro bonuses + referral between me and my wife. (75000+20000+50000) We are booking four round trip tickets form BNA to OGG. The round trip tickets cost right at 30000 per passenger with only $44.00 total taxes and fees with 2 free checked bags.
Megan that is funny we are using the Marriott Bonvoy 5 free night certificates to say at the Residence Inn Maui Wailea! Did your sister say it was good The cash price for the 5 nights was $4700!! What a deal! LOL! I pray all works out with your United booking through Turkish Miles & Smiles!
Thanks for this guide! I managed to get two flights on the first call. The third flight was not available. What I noticed was that on the economy saver awards the price in united miles should not exceed 22.5K points to be valid for booking through Turkish Awards. This still works 2021
Another hint for SQ, I can find flights available in their website but cant book directly (showing 30K miles one way even for itinerary with less than 2 hrs connection ). They are now providing online chat option to make reservation, quite useful when dealing with complex itinerary. After sending them the link of award chart and hold for 20mins, they manually corrected price.
The primary Cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation will each receive their first standard checked bag free (up to $35 value for the first checked bag, each way, per person) on United-operated flights when purchasing tickets with their United Explorer Card. See united.com/ChaseBag for details.
The primary Cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation will each receive their first standard checked bag free (up to $35 value, each way, per person) on United-operated flights when the primary Cardmember includes their United MileagePlus number in their reservation and purchases their tickets from United with their card.* Same page link to Offer Details For complete details, please visit united.com/ChaseBag.
Pursue more of your passions with United Card Events from Chase. As a Cardmember, you will be delighted with opportunities to purchase private, curated once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Sample select wines and satisfy your palate with culinary events at some of the world's best restaurants, meet a sporting legend or make memories with your family. United MileagePlus Visa Signature Cardmembers may also use award miles to enjoy exclusive experiences, such as winemaker dinners and other unique virtual events. Please visit UnitedCardEvents.com to learn more.
Premier qualifying points (PQP) help you earn MileagePlus Premier status, which provides you with an enhanced travel experience. You'll earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your Explorer Card (up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year) that can be applied toward your Premier status qualification, up to the Premier 1K level.* Same page link to Offer Details Visit united.com/premier for details about earning Premier status.
MileagePlus members can use miles to book any United-operated flight, any time, with no restrictions or blackout dates.* Same page link to Offer Details For more information, please visit united.com/AirAwards
Your miles can reward you with getaways, unique experiences, or things you love - anything from electronics to dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Use them for flights on United and other airline partners, hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise, eGift cards and more. Chase Cardmembers can also use miles they've earned with their card to receive a statement credit for United ticket purchases and their annual card membership fee. See united.com/UseMiles for details on using miles.
50,000 Bonus Miles After You Spend $3,000 On Purchases In The First 3 Months From Account Opening. This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months. You will qualify for 50,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 in Purchases within 3 months of account opening. After qualifying, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. (\"Purchases\" do not include balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.) To be eligible for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. Bonus miles do not count toward Premier status. If your account is not open for at least six months, United and Chase reserve the right to deduct the bonus miles from your MileagePlus Program account.
Earning Miles: Rewards Program Agreement: For more information about the UnitedSM Explorer Card rewards program, view the latest Rewards Program Agreement (PDF) Opens in a new window. We will mail your Rewards Program Agreement once your account is established. If you become a Chase Online customer, your Rewards Program Agreement will also be available after logging in to chase.com Opens in a new window. How you can earn miles: You'll earn miles on purchases of products and services, minus returns or refunds, made with a UnitedSM credit card by you or an authorized user of the account. Buying products and services with your card, in most cases, will count as a purchase; however, the following types of transactions won't count and won't earn miles: balance transfers, cash advances and other cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. 1 mile: You'll earn 1 mile for each $1 spent. 2 miles: You'll earn 2 miles total for each $1 spent (1 additional mile on top of the 1 mile per $1 earned on each purchase) on airline tickets purchased from United, and on the following purchases made from United: seat upgrades; Economy Plus; inflight food, beverages and Wi-Fi; baggage service charges or other United fees. Other United related purchases, such as United Cruises, United MileagePlus X, DIRECTV and Merchandise Awards, are excluded. United tickets booked through some discount travel websites or as part of a third-party travel package will also not qualify. You'll also earn 2 miles total for each $1 spent (1 additional mile on top of the 1 mile pe