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Star Alliance Redemptions: United Airlines

Star Alliance Redemptions: United Airlines

The largest alliance by far is Star Alliance. The alliance was founded on May 14, 1997 among five airlines across three continents: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.

We’ll be focusing on United Airlines and their mileage program called United MileagePlus for now as these miles are easily accessible for most people here in the United States.

 

There are several ways to earn United miles. The first way is of course to fly with them. However unless you are a big spender that isn’t very lucrative. United doesn’t award miles based on miles flown, instead it is a combination of how much you paid for your ticket plus any elite status you may have as shown in the chart below:

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Using Your Miles- Part 1 Learning about Alliances

Using Your Miles- Part 1 Learning about Alliances

So you’ve diligently collected miles now what? Well, you’ve got to use them. The best way to do is by using your miles for award tickets for cheap flights and not on things like toasters in the airline’s shopping portal.

There are so many kinds of miles and so many different ways to use them. This series will be a multi-part series where I will discuss how to use miles among the three major global alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld, and Skyteam. Along with one “partnership” run by Etihad.

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Etihad Partners

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Earn Miles Fast With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Earn Miles Fast With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

In an earlier post I briefly touched upon getting miles from credit card bonuses. This has been something that many people have asked about.

Banks make money off credit cards through annual fees, transaction fees they charge to merchants, and off interest they charge to people that keep a balance on their credit cards. This concept is pretty straightforward and easy to grasp. There is nothing too complex about credit cards, however how are banks supposed to win over customers when they’re all basically offering the same product. The is to provide benefits for having a credit card with a certain bank.

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Different Ways to Earn Miles

Different Ways to Earn Miles

Airline miles are what I mainly use to fly on long haul business and first class flights internationally at great value. They can be used for many things too, from redeeming flights to buying toasters. Usually the best value is to use your airline miles for flights since you get the most bang for your mile out of it.

Now before we go into how to use airline miles for travel we must first discuss how to earn them. There are many many ways miles can be earned, the three main ways to earn miles is what we will focus on in depth first. Later I’ll post on some ancillary ways to earn miles. 

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