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United lets you earn and redeem MileagePlus miles with a variety of Star Alliance carriers, such as ANA and Lufthansa, but the airline also partners with a handful of other airlines around the world, albeit with (relatively) limited benefits for consumers. One such airline is Azul, which offers service to a whopping 105 destinations around Brazil, in addition to providing international flights to Orlando and Miami.

A combined United and Azul route map.
A combined United and Azul route map.

So you can fly from your home city in the US to a United hub, then travel on United down to Sao Paulo or Rio and catch a connecting Azul flight to any of 105 destinations within Brazil. And as of this month, you’ll earn full redeemable miles for your Azul leg, in addition to elite-qualifying miles and PQDs.

Here’s what you can expect to earn when it comes to elite-qualifying miles:

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As for redeemable miles, here’s what you’ll earn on a ticket issued by United:

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Meanwhile, for tickets issued by Azul or another carrier, you’ll earn redeemable miles based on distance flown:

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As with some other United partners, elite members will earn bonus miles based on the distance flown (with tickets not issued by United). Silver members will earn 25% bonus miles, Gold members will earn a 50% bonus, Platinum members get 75% more miles and Premier 1K and Global Services members get a 100% mileage bonus.

Ultimately, this is great news for travelers, and with Brazil’s waived visa requirements and decent airfares often available, now’s a great time to consider adding Azul (and Brazil) to your travel plans.

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