United sometimes has reduced mileage deals. For example, from now until the end of this year you can get round trip awards flights for 15,000 miles. Restrictions do, of-course, apply. All deals aside, United’s program is much like the others. Tickets normally start at 25,000 miles. United is part of the Star Alliance.
Airline Partners: ADRIA Airways, Aeromar, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Aloha Air, ANA, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, bmi, BWIA West Indies Airways, Croatia Airlies, Emirates, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, SAS, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airlines, Spanair, Swiss International, TACA Group, TAP Portugal, Thai, United, US Airways and Varig.
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Car Rental Partners: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty
Hotel Partners: Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Choice Hotels, Hilton Properties, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels, Langham Hotels, Marriott, New Otani Hotels, Omni Hotels, Preferred Hotel Group, Shangri-La Hotels, Starwood, WorldHotels and Wyndham Hotels.
They also offer a boatload of other mile earning partners, including my favorite category – Mileage Plus Dining. You’ve got to eat, so you might as well earn miles while you do it.