United Now Posting Award Miles and Elite Credits Right Away

Apr 4, 2019

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US airlines are pretty good about awarding credit automatically after passengers complete travel, but it’s not unusual to expect redeemable miles, elite-qualifying miles and elite-qualifying dollars to post at least a couple days after each flight segment. Delta has been an exception — credits sometimes post within a day of travel — and now United’s following suit, with the airline explaining that “miles will now post within minutes of a flight arriving at the gate for United/United Express flights.”

I noticed the change this week — on Sunday, I flew from Newark to Hong Kong to try out United’s new Premium Plus product. The flight landed on Monday, and miles posted on Wednesday, as expected. Yesterday, however, when I pulled up the United app to see how early my return flight had arrived after stepping off the plane, I noticed that the miles for that second segment had already posted — within minutes of us pulling up to the gate in Newark.

As it turns out, I’m not alone — other flyers have noticed the change as well, including our own Summer Hull, who heads up TPG Family:

Other frequent flyers chimed in as well:

Speedier posting can be especially helpful as the end of the year approaches, since flyers who may just slightly miss the mark might opt to go on a mileage run to close the gap. Having an almost-real-time tally will make it easier for frequent flyers to determine whether or not a “run” may be necessary, and which one to book.

You’ll also earn elite status more quickly — a flyer on a weekend trip may start the journey without any perks on Friday, and find themselves eligible for Economy Plus seats, free upgrades and other benefits in time for a Sunday return.

Featured image by Zach Honig/TPG

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