United Matches Double Miles/ EQMs Between Chicago and San Fran/LAX/SNA

by on November 4, 2011 · 9 comments

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Last week I wrote about American’s new promotion offering double miles (including elite) for California, Illinois and Texas residents who fly between Dallas and Chicago and San Francisco and Los Angeles. In typical airline copy-cat style, United has almost matched this promo for the Chicago to California routes.

Registration required and you must have a California or Illinois address in your Mileage Plus account.They also restrict this promotion to W fares or higher, so it might make sense to pay a little more to buy up to W to get the double miles (or not if you are looking for the absolute cheapest fares).

Travel and ticketing: November 3, 2011 through and January 31, 2012.
Qualifying booking classes: F, A, J, C, D, Z, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V and W.
Travel period: Register now and fly all qualifying roundtrips by January 31, 2012


Terms and Conditions:
1. Offer valid only for MileagePlus® and OnePass® members residing in Illinois or California. Residency will be determined by the primary address listed on the member’s account at the time of registration.
2. Offer valid on round-trip itineraries for nonstop flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) airport and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) or Orange County (SNA). Itineraries with connecting flights into or out of ORD, LAX, SFO or SNA are eligible for this promotion however the bonus applies only to the segments between ORD and LAX, SFO or SNA.
3. Registration is required before travel at
4. Members will earn double elite status miles (EQM) and double award miles on all paid published fares in F, A, J, C, D, Z, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V and W booking classes. Offer not valid on government fares.
5. Offer valid on flights operated by United, United Express, Continental® or Continental Express®. Offer is not valid on United or Continental-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers
6. Travel period: November 3, 2011 through January 31, 2012.
7. Ticketing period: November 3, 2011 through January 31, 2012.
8. Participation in this offer does not guarantee elite status.
9. E-Ticket® purchase required.
10. Double EQM and double bonus award miles are defined as two times the actual base flight miles credited to the account for qualifying flights taken during the offer period.
11. Offer may be earned an unlimited number of times during the offer period.
12. EQM and bonus award miles will be credited 6-8 weeks after qualifying activity.
13. EQM earned in 2011 will count towards the elite status for the 2012 membership year; EQM earned in 2012 will count toward towards elite status for the 2013 membership year.
14. This offer does not apply to class-of-service bonus miles, elite bonus miles, other promotional award miles or promotional EQM.
15. Offer is not combinable with other non-combinable offers.
16. Passenger must be a member of United’s MileagePlus or OnePass frequent flyer program for travel to qualify for this offer. Flights must be credited to the MileagePlus or OnePass account in order to qualify.
17. EQM cannot be redeemed for award travel.
18. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
19. Award miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. The MileagePlus program, including accruals, awards and bonus mile offers, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger. United, Continental, and MileagePlus are registered service mark. For complete details about the Mileage Plus program visit

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  • Anonymous

    Glad this is out of SNA as well, unlike the AA promo. Thanks TPG!

  • tivoboy

    Too bad S fares are excluded. Be careful booking, it is hard to actually get to price a W or above ticket.

  • Anonymous

    Unfair to people not flying out of these airports. :(

  • Marc Rouda

    Anyone had any luck getting DEQM retroactively? Flew UA in W class SFO-ORD r/t on 10/28 & 10/30 for the Chicago DO Seminar! Missed the promo by a mere 4 days. Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!

  • Guest

    Hm, I missed the ticketing windows by 36 minutes (11:24pm on Nov 2) and have Q out T back, If I do something that would require reticketing (SDC?), would that reset the date they use?

  • Ray

    Does this include trips in which you connect in SFO? For example, if I went ORD > SFO > SMF > SFO > ORD? You get the points…. This would greatly help my Prem. Exec. push!

  • Steve

    Really no reason to fly Delta out of California anymore.

  • Suzi

    I wonder if AA will match the SNA piece now — I would love that!

  • Latimer

    When this promotion ran in August, the miles on the ORD > SFO portion of my ORD > SFO > SMF itinerary were doubled. I don’t know the T&C’s of the current promo.

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