Overview of United MileagePlus Redemptions

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As United Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, you can redeem MileagePlus miles for award flights on United or any other Star Alliance airline:

Star Alliance airlines in 2020
Star Alliance airlines

You can also use United MileagePlus miles to book flights on any of United’s other partner airlines:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Azul
  • Vistara
  • Eurowings
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Juneyao Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines (inter-island flights only)


United miles cannot be redeemed for First Class Suites on Singapore Airlines A380 flights. (Premium cabin availability on other Singapore Airlines long-haul services is also usually restricted.)

United removed award charts for itineraries including United-operated flights in November 2019. For United flights, dynamic award pricing now applies. In general, that means you can expect to pay a lot of miles for United flights outside of special promotions.

United still uses region-based award charts for award travel exclusively on partner airlines. You can view the award charts on the United website.

United offers an “Excursionist Perk” on round-trip bookings where the journey begins and ends in the same region, and the destination is in a second region. This allows for a free one-way flight within the destination region (and effectively a free stopover). For example, if you redeemed United miles for a round-trip award from Sydney to Houston, with a return flight from San Francisco to Sydney, you could add a Houston-San Francisco flight in the middle of the trip for no extra miles.

United MileagePlus does not impose fuel surcharges when redeeming miles on United and most partner airlines.

All award flights can be booked on the United website. If a flight doesn’t appear online, it probably can’t be booked using United miles.


Learn more or get assistance with redeeming United MileagePlus miles

Frequent Flyer Solutions members have access to our comprehensive guide to buying and redeeming United MileagePlus program guide in Unit 4.2.3 of the Frequent Flyer Solutions training program. Learn more about Frequent Flyer Solutions training →

If you’d like expert, personalised assistance with redeeming United MileagePlus miles for flights, the Award Flight Assist team may be able to help.

Australian Frequent Flyer also has a United Airlines discussion forum.


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