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United Mileage Plus – the favorite program of the world’s most frequent flyer

by on Fri July 29, 2011 • No Comment

Tom Stuker's United Airlines 747No frequent flyer program is perfect, but with increasing reports of hassles at Delta and US Airways due to tiered awards in their programs the differences are becoming more distinct. Enter Tom Stuker. Tom holds the Guinness World Record for the most miles flown, and has done most of it with one airline – United.

This year, he passed 10 million miles flown and here are some of the things he got for reaching the milestone…

  • A titanium frequent flyer card with what we presume is lifetime top status
  • 6 magnums of his favorite wine
  • His name painted on the side of a freshly painted Boeing 747, the largest in the fleet
  • A ceremony with top executives in United’s Red Carpet Club

While United’s service is very important to him, he is quick to point out its mileage program, United Mileage Plus is by far the best. No wonder, since the miles have allowed him to bring his wife along on dozens of free honeymoons throughout their marriage.

Listen to him talk about United Mileage Plus…the guy with the champagne glass in the video sums up frequent flyers’ view of Mileage Plus.

But you don’t have to be a very frequent flyer to find Mileage Plus valuable. Independent research has confirmed it is the most generous program in terms of seat availability among the global U.S. based carriers. Why? The new United has more destinations than any other carrier, and sticks to a simple two level reward program, unlike the dreaded three level program from Delta and US Airways that leaves few seats at desirable low mile levels.

It’s also the Best Frequent Flyer Program for 7 years running, as voted by the 25,000+ participants in Global Business Traveler’s annual survey. Again, it’s not perfect, but very frequent flyers like it for flexibility both in the U.S. (you get United, Continental, and US Airways flights) and globally (via Lufthansa, ANA, Singapore, Swiss, TAM, and many more).

So how can you participate? The only way to earn full value United miles via credit cards is through Chase credit cards. You can start with the United Mileage Plus Explorer credit card, which offers a free checked bag, priority boarding, and earns United miles. Or if you want more flexibility to use your miles with other programs, try the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card that lets you transfer miles into United, British Airways, Marriott, Hyatt, and more. It also offers double points for dining and travel purchases and no foreign transaction fees.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

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