This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

TPG reader Sasha tweeted me to ask about elite status:

@thepointsguy – “What airlines offer the best million miler elite status benefits?”

To reward long-term loyalty, some airlines offer special lifetime benefits for customers who reach a cumulative total of one million miles flown. My pick for the best million miler elite status would be United, and you can see their benefits listed below.

United Airlines

  • 1 million miles – Lifetime Premier Gold status
  • 2 million miles – Lifetime Premier Platinum status
  • 3 million miles – Lifetime Premier 1K status
  • 4 million miles – Lifetime United Global Services status

The best part is that United allows your spouse or significant other to share your benefits, which is the clincher for me, as no other US airline does that. Automatic renewal is another perk here. I’ve listed some of the other program’s million miler benefits below, but United (an airline I don’t typically give a lot of props to) really takes the cake for million miler benefits.

United has the best million miler program because your spouse or partner can also receive benefits. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Delta

  • 1 million miles – Lifetime Silver Medallion status
  • 2 million miles – Lifetime Gold Medallion status
  • 4 million miles – Lifetime Platinum Medallion status
  • 7 million miles – One-time, customized experience

Delta also offers gifts from Tumi, Tiffany or Hartmann at various milestones along the way to multi-million miler status.

American

  • 1 million miles – Lifetime AAdvantage Gold status and 35,000 AAdvantage bonus miles
  • 2 million miles – Lifetime AAdvantage Platinum status and four one-way systemwide upgrades
  • Each additional million – four additional one-way systemwide upgrades

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.