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This is a list of branded, program-specific credit cards, in addition to flexible reward cards. Not sure what is kind of card is right for you? Our guide weighs the pros/cons for each type of card.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardFlexible Transfer Card
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressFlexible Transfer Card
|Starwood Preferred Guest||2:1||10-14 days|
The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to MileagePlus.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.
|Airline Type||Pricing Type|
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Selected Redemptions(Miles required to redeem in Economy, Business and First)
Los Angeles to Honolulu (HNL)
North America • 2+ bookable airlines • 2552 miles • Round-trip
Columbus to New York (LGA)
North America • 1+ bookable airlines • 477 miles • Round-trip
Boston to Minneapolis (MSP)
North America • 1+ bookable airlines • 1120 miles • Round-trip
San Jose to Xi'an (XIY)
Asia • 1+ bookable airlines • 6503 miles • Round-trip
Mexico City to Sao Paulo (GRU)
South America • 4+ bookable airlines • 4618 miles • Round-trip
Kansas City to San Francisco (SFO)
North America • 1+ bookable airlines • 1495 miles • Round-trip
Vancouver to Xi'an (XIY)
Asia • 2+ bookable airlines • 5837 miles • Round-trip
Houston to Rome (FCO)
Europe • 4+ bookable airlines • 5670 miles • Round-trip
Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide
Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.
Policies and Fees
Expiration: Points Expire 18 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity can any accrual of miles (e.g., crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles). For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
Fees and Charges
Fees are waived for elite members, and when changes are requested anytime until 60 days before departure.
Key Airlines and Resources
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|United Airlines (UA)||ORD||Chicago||Chicago Ohare Intl|
|LAX||Los Angeles||Los Angeles Intl|
|EWR||Newark||Newark Liberty Intl|
|SFO||San Francisco||San Francisco Intl|
|IAH||Houston||George Bush Intercontinental|
|IAD||Washington||Washington Dulles Intl|
- The Complete Guide to United Miles
- Travel is Free
- How to Book Awards with United MileagePlus Miles
- The Points Guy
- United Airlines | MileagePlus
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Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM)
Actual total miles flown
Premier Qualifying Segments (PQS)
Number of individual flights (e.g., a one-way itinerary with 1 connection would equal 2 segments)
Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD)
Amount of money spent on tickets
PQD requirements only apply to US residents.
|Benefit||Premier Silver||Premier Gold||Premier Platinum||Premier 1k|
|Economy Plus seating|
|Complimentary access to Economy Plus||At check-in||At booking||At booking|
|Economy Plus companions||1||1||8|
|Complimentary Premier Upgrades|
|Complimentary Premier Upgrades companion upgrades|
|Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation (as early as)||Day of departure||48 hours||72 hours|
|Instant upgrades on Y- or B-class full-fare economy tickets|
|Instant upgrades on M-class economy tickets|
|Regional Premier Upgrades eligibility|
|Global Premier Upgrades eligibility|
|Premier mileage bonuses|
|500 PQM minimum accrual|
|Award miles on United and United Express and select partner airlines (includes Premier bonus award miles)||7 _ fare||8 _ fare||9 _ fare|
|Premier priority travel services|
|Priority security screening, where offered|
|Priority boarding privileges|
|Priority baggage handling|
|Premier Priority Desk phone line|
|Access to most sold-out flights|
|Lounge access when traveling internationally|
|Service fee Discounts|
|Complimentary checked baggage allowance for economy tickets||1 bag||2 bags||3 bags|
|Discounted or waived same-day flight changes|
|Discounted United Club_ membership rates|
|Discounted or waived phone service charge|
|10% discount on inflight Duty Free purchases|
|$60 statement credit for MileagePlus Chase Credit Card Cardmembers6|
|Award travel benefits|
|Priority award waitlisting|
|Standby for international awards|
|Unrestricted access to United Standard Awards on United- and United Express-operated flights|
|Better availability for United Saver Awards in economy|
|Better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins|
|Reduced or waived close-in award booking fee|
|Reduced or waived award redeposit fee|
|Reduced or waived award change fee|
|Star Alliance Benefits|
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