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Air­line and ho­tel re­wards pro­grams news and pro­mo­tions

Be­gin­ning in March, United Air­lines is chang­ing how fre­quent flyer miles in its MileagePlus pro­gram are earned. Fol­low­ing the lead of Delta Air Lines, United has an­nounced that re­ward miles will be based on ticket price rather than miles flown.

Reg­u­lar mem­bers of MileagePlus – those who fly less than 25,000 miles and spend less than $2,500 a year – will get five miles per dol­lar. Elite mem­bers will earn be­tween seven and 11 miles based on their sta­tus. Miles are earned for ev­ery dol­lar spent on base fares and other air­line sur­charges. Taxes, bag fees and other ameni­ties will not count.

United did not change the num­ber of miles re­quired to earn a free flight. There is a max­i­mum of 75,000 award miles per ticket and no min­i­mum num­ber of award miles earned per flight.

The new award miles plan will ap­ply to most tick­ets for flights op­er­ated by United and United Ex­press. It will also ap­ply to flights op­er­ated by a Star Al­liance or MileagePlus part­ner air­line when the ticket is is­sued by United (ticket num­ber starts with“016.”) Tick­ets not is­sued by United for flights op­er­ated by part­ner air­lines will still earn award miles based on dis­tance flown and the pur­chased fare class.

Miles earned for the use of MileagePlus co­branded credit cards will re­main the same. Pre­mier qual­i­fy­ing miles (PQM) will still be based on the dis­tance flown, and Pre­mier mem­bers will still earn a min­i­mum of 500 PQM on United and United Ex­press flights shorter than 500 miles.

Visit united.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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