Earning and Accumulating United MileagePlus Miles

Below, I outline the main ways in which to earn and accumulate United MileagePlus miles.

1. Fly United or United Express

2.  Fly with United’s airline partners

United is a member of the Star Alliance Network and you can earn and use MileagePlus miles on any Star Alliance member airline

3. Use your Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa, MileagePlus Explorer Business Visa, United MileagePlus Club Card, or United MileagePlus Club Business Card

When you use your Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa card you earn two MileagePlus miles for each $1 spent on United tickets purchased directly from the airline and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.  If you do not already have the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa card, you can apply here. Currently, new card members receive 30,000 BONUS MILES after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening and the annual fee of $95 is waived the first year.

When you use your Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Visa you earn 2 miles for each $1 spent at restaurants, gas stations, and office supply stores and 2 miles for each $1 spent on tickets purchased from United.   If you do not already have the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Visa card, you can apply here. Currently, new card members receive 50,000 BONUS MILES after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening and the annual fee of $95 is waived the first year.

When you use your Chase United MileagePlus Club Card-you earn two MileagePlus miles for each $1 spent on United tickets purchased directly from the airline and 1.5 mile per $1 on all other purchases.  If you do not already have the Chase United MileagePlus Club card, you can apply here. Currently, new card members receive $100 statement credit after their first purchase.  The annual fee is $395.

 

When you use your Chase United MileagePlus Club Business Card-you earn two MileagePlus miles for each $1 spent on United tickets purchased directly from the airline and 1.5 mile per $1 on all other purchases.  If you do not already have the Chase United MileagePlus Club Business card, you can apply here. Currently, new card members receive $100 statement credit after their first purchase.  The annual fee is $395.

4. Transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards 

If you are a member of Chase Ultimate Rewards you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to your United MileagePlus account. Your points transfer at 1:1 value. That means one Ultimate Rewards point equals one United MileagePlus mile.

 

 

 

5.  Transfer Starpoints To Your United Account

Starwood Preferred Guests can transfer up to 79,999 of their Starpoints per transaction per program within a 24-hour period to their Delta SkyMiles account at a 1:1 ratio.   In addition, for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction,
Starwood will automatically add another 5,000 Starpoints! This means that up to 94,999 Starpoints can be transferred into your frequent flyer account. (15,000 points transferred for the first 60,000 of the 79,999). Note, unlike some of the other programs in which you can transfer points to airlines, points transfers through SPG are not instantaneous.

6.  Shop through the United’s MileagePlus Shopping online site

Shopping portals are a great place to rack up extra miles, you earn miles while you shop.

7.  More Ways To Earn