Earning United Miles with Travel Partners
Get the full details on earning United Miles flying United & partners, booking hotels, renting cars, and through other forms of travel.
United Miles are primarily earned flying United Airline. Miles can also be obtained flying Star Alliance partners, using co-branded credit cards, booking hotels, renting cars, and by transferring points from other programs directly to your United Mileage Plus account.
Flying United and Partners
United Miles are earned easiest flying United and Star Alliance partners. Like the other big airlines, you will earn miles based on your United Premier Status and how much you paid for the airfare ticket. Joining the Mileage Plus program will start you off as a Member which earns 5 miles per $1 spent. As you fly with United, you'll start to earn Premier Qualification Miles (PQMs), Segments (PQSs), and Dollars (PQDs). These qualifications determine your tier in United Premier program. Each tier comes with additional benefits such as complimentary seats & upgrades, free checked bags, international lounge access, and up to 11 miles per $1 spent. I suggest reading up on United Premier Status to learn more about PQMs, PQSs, and PQDs as well as the benefits and how to qualify for each tier.
United Hotel Partners
United has over 10 hotel partners that you can use to earn additional United Miles. Earning United Miles with these partners will either require you to set your earning preference to United with through the hotel loyalty program or by transferring hotel reward points directly to United. For the programs that allow both (such as Marriott), the option to earn hotel reward points directly will be the better option. You can then transfer those earned hotel points to United when you're ready to do so. This gives you more flexibility with your points. If you don't choose to transfer them to United, you can redeem them for free nights or transfer them to other airline partners.
Listed below are all the hotels you can use to earn United Miles. You can click on a hotel to learn more about earning, redeeming, and transferring rewards in their program.
United Transportation Partners
United Miles can be earned booking with several transportation partners. This includes rental cars, limos, and rail services.
For car rentals, Hertz offers up to 1,250 miles per rental based on United Premier Status. When booking through Hertz, United MileagePlus members can use discount code CDP 62455.
Those flying United that have a connection at Newark Liberty International Airport that uses Amtrak to travel to destinations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware can earn bonus United Miles as well. Bonus miles can also be earned booking on the Acela Express trains between Penn Station and several destinations in Massachusetts.
You can earn United Miles with all the transportation partners listed below. Click on a transportation partner to learn more about their loyalty program including earning, redeeming, and transferring rewards.
United Members can earn up to 45,000 miles when booking cruises through United Cruises. Members can also redeem their miles or miles and money to book cruises. It features over 25 cruise lines including popular lines such as Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Each cruise listed features several bonus offers that you can choose from that will save you money and/or grant bonus miles. United Cruises
United features a great deal of other options when it comes to earning additional miles that you can find on the United Mileage Plus Offers page. This ranges from paying bills, ordering flowers, purchasing gas and more. Below are just some of the partners you can use to earn miles.
- Quicken Loans
- California Casualty Auto/Home Insurance
- Vinesse Wines
- Personal Creations
- Audience Rewards
- BP (gas)
United Members can book their hotel stay directly through the United Hotels portal and earn 2 United Miles per $1 spent. This can be useful for smaller hotel chains, hotels that do not have points that transfer to United, or if you just want to rake up United Miles instead of hotel rewards points.
Other Ways To Earn
Along with earning United Miles flying the skies and using their partners, don't forget that you can earn using United Credit Cards and by transferring points to United from several programs which includes popular programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy. If you're in need of miles fast or need to top off your account, United Miles can also be purchased from their site. You can get the full details on cost of buying United Miles using our How To Buy United Miles Guide.
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