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United Launches Premium Travel Mileage Bonuses For Elites

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Following in the footsteps of American Airlines, United Airlines will be offering premium travelers mileage bonuses for travel completed between January 9 through February 28. United MileagePlus members will be able to earn up to 12,000 bonus award miles per flight segment, in addition to base earnings and other bonus miles they typically earn.

Here’s a look at the new bonuses that MileagePlus members will earn:

United bonus earning chart for Elites and First Class passengers.
United bonus earning chart for Elites and First Class passengers.

Long-haul flights include those of at least 3,000 miles and United’s p.s. Premium Service between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles and between New York (JFK) and San Francisco.

Per the terms and conditions, qualifying flight segments included in this promotion are flights operated by United or United Express, or flights marketed by United and operated by Air Canada (AC), All Nippon Airways (NH), Austrian Airlines (OS), Brussels Airlines (SN), Copa Airlines (CM), Lufthansa (LH) or Swiss International Airlines (LX).

Members do not need to register for the promotion as the bonus miles will post to MileagePlus accounts automatically two to four weeks after the qualifying flight is completed.

United Airlines
United Airlines is launching mileage bonuses through the end of February.

My Thoughts: 

Unlike American’s promotion which is valid on for all of 2015, United’s is only valid for the first two months. Perhaps they are trying to see what sort of impact this has on the amount of people purchasing premium fares, before they decide to implement for the whole year.

When it comes to the amount of bonus miles you’ll earn, United’s chart is literally identical to American’s, so we all know where their creative team got these numbers from. I wouldn’t be surprised if Delta follows suit with a similar promotion in the next few weeks as well!

What are your thoughts on United’s latest offering? Will this motivate you to purchase premium fares on United the next couple of months? 

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  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Check your first bag for free - save up to $100 per roundtrip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
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N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 0% Excellent Credit