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Miles of Rewards

Author A. Averyl Re


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United’s most frequent flyers spend an awful lot of time on our planes. For MileagePlus members, especially those for whom seat 1A or 20C might occasionally feel like a second home, United offers a wide range of options to redeem those award miles—options that don’t require packing a bag.

The airline offers the choice to redeem miles for merchandise such as tablet computers, TVs, cameras and jewelry. Members can also buy flowers and gifts, download hit music or stream movies and TV shows.

Mileage redemption takes on an extra thrill with the auction program MileagePlus Headliners. Past auctions have included chances to tour the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy (pictured above), attend the opening ceremonies at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games or pilot a United aircraft in a flight simulator.

In addition, customers may donate miles to any of dozens of charities—for example, MD Anderson Cancer Center, which uses miles to fly patients and family members for treatment.

This year, United becomes the first U.S. airline to offer frequent flyers a chance to use miles to benefit the environment, reducing their carbon footprint by redeeming miles for offsets that support programs such as forest conservation in Northern California and Peru. To find out more, check out our Eco-Skies page on united.com.

With MileagePlus redemptions, members can really take off. And doing so often means never having to leave the ground.

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