Do United Miles Expire?

You don't have to worry about when United miles expire, as they don't.
May 10, 2022

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As of August 2019, United Airlines miles no longer expire. That’s right — United flyers don't have to worry about losing miles because they didn’t keep their United MileagePlus account active.

The quick answer is United miles don't expire as long as your United account is open and in good standing.

What does this mean for MileagePlus members? For now, we can mostly speculate.

United flyers have one less thing to worry about

Knowing that United MileagePlus miles don't expire is positive, since miles previously expired after 18 months of inactivity. Prior to summer 2019, you’d have to earn or redeem miles via flights, shopping portal earnings or rental car bookings to keep your account active, for example.

Now, none of those restrictions apply. It’s good news for travel hackers and casual flyers who aren’t great at tracking their miles and don’t like to worry about maintaining active status in multiple rewards programs.

Earn United miles quickly

Knowing that your stash of United miles won't expire might be inspiring you to build up your collection of miles. For those ready to shop around for a United credit card, start here.

United Gateway℠ Card

United℠ Explorer Card

United Quest℠ Card

United Club℠ Infinite Card

ANNUAL FEE

$0.

$0 intro for the first year, then $95.

$250.

$525.

BONUS OFFER FOR NEW CARDHOLDERS

Earn 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles. Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 miles after you spend $6,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.

Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

FREE CHECKED BAGS

None.

First checked bag free for you and one companion on your reservation.

First and second checked bags free for you and one companion on your reservation.

First and second checked bags free for you and one companion on your reservation.

REWARDS ON SPENDING WITH UNITED AIRLINES

2 miles per $1.

2 miles per $1.

3 miles per $1.

4 miles per $1.

REWARDS ON OTHER SPENDING

• 2 miles per $1 at gas stations.

• 2 miles per $1 on local transit and commuting.

• 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.

• 2 miles per $1 at restaurants.

• 2 miles per $1 on hotels (when booked directly with the hotel).

• 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.

• 2 miles per $1 spent on all other travel (including other airlines, hotels, car rentals and more).

• 2 miles per $1 on dining (including takeout and delivery).

• 2 miles per $1 on select streaming services.

• 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.

• 2 miles per $1 on all other travel.

• 2 miles per $1 on dining.

• 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.

AIRPORT LOUNGE ACCESS

None.

2 United Club one-time passes each year.

None.

Annual membership to all United Club locations, plus select Star Alliance lounges.

CREDIT FOR TSA PRECHECK OR GLOBAL ENTRY

None.

Up to $100 every four years.

Up to $100 every four years.

Up to $100 every four years.

Since we estimate United MileagePlus miles are worth 1 cent each, those welcome offers can range in value from $200 to $800 dollars.

How do I keep my United miles from expiring?

That's easy since they don't expire on their own. In actuality, the biggest obstacle to keeping your United miles from going unused is remembering your United MileagePlus number, password and security question answers.

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