United to Introduce Changes to MileagePlus Program
United Airlines announced it will make changes to its MileagePlus loyalty program in 2015. Beginning next March, members of the airline’s frequent flyer program will earn miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown, which is the current method for awarding miles.
Once the changes take effect, MileagePlus members will earn five miles per dollar spent on airfare, while those with Premier status will earn additional points according to a four-tier award chart. Premier Silver members will earn seven miles per dollar of airfare, Premier Gold members will earn eight miles, Premier Platinum members will earn nine miles, and Premier 1K members will earn 11 miles.
The changes to the program will apply to all flights operated by United, United Express, and United’s partner airlines departing on or after March 1 of next year. United MileagePlus members traveling on flights that depart prior to that date will receive points under the current reward structure.
Along with the new changes, MileagePlus members will also have new mileage redemption opportunities, including Economy Plus seats with extra legroom, and Economy Plus and checked baggage subscriptions.
United Airlines currently operates an average of 5,200 flights a day to 369 destinations on six continents. The airline is a founding member of the Star Alliance.
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