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United Airlines MileagePlus Miles Will Never Expire

United bucks the current with friendly rewards points that stick around so customers can use them. Will other airlines follow?

August 28, 2019

United Airlines says, effective immediately, MileagePlus award miles will never expire. The announcements gives members a lifetime to use miles on flights, experiences, hotels and more.

“We want to demonstrate to our members that we are committing to them for the long-haul and giving customers a lifetime to use miles is an exceptionally meaningful benefit,” said Luc Bondar, vice president of loyalty and president of MileagePlus at United. “Our MileagePlus program provides customers more ways to earn and use miles than any other U.S. airline. More customers used miles to book award trips in 2018 than in any year before, and we expect with today’s announcement that even more will use miles to travel the world in the years to come.”

United continues to enhance its robust MileagePlus program, making it more beneficial for customers. Highlights include:

• Recently announced partnership with CLEAR that includes free or discounted CLEAR membership pricing for U.S.-based MileagePlus members.  

• Award travel to more destinations than any other U.S. airline with service to more than 1,300 destinations through United and Star Alliance partners, and ability to book award travel on United and all Star Alliance partners through the United mobile app.

• Copious low-priced economy award availability of any global U.S. airline.

• Everyday opportunities to use miles starting as low as 1,000 miles for eGift cards when purchasing through MileagePlusX.