United Airlines Introduces Money + Miles Payment MethodUnited Airlines is offering MileagePlus members a new way to pay for fares. Earlier this week, the Chicago-based carrier unveiled its new Money + Miles feature, allowing MileagePlus members to use a combination of miles and cash to pay for flights.
How to Use Money + MilesUsing United’s new Money + Miles feature is straightforward. MileagePlus members select the correct payment option (Money + Miles) when booking most domestic United and United Express flights, select the total amount of miles they wish to use, and then supplement those miles with either a credit or debit card to cover the remaining balance.
Things to Consider Before Using the New FeatureThe maximum number of MileagePlus miles redeemable using the Money + Miles feature is 130,000, with the minimum being 520 miles. United places a fixed value of one cent per mile, meaning 130,000 miles is valued at $130 off a United fare. Other notable features of the Money + Miles payment option include:
- MileagePlus members will earn miles for the base fare paid with money, excluding applicable taxes and fees.
- Members also earn Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) on the cash used towards the base fare, plus Premier Qualifying Flights (PQFs) for each segment flown.
- Making changes to a flight booked with Money + Miles will require making additional payments with money, as miles are not applicable to cover the fare difference.