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This is the second in our weekly series that we will be running to give an overview of the top airline frequent flyer programs in the world today.

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United’s frequent flyer program MileagePlus was launched one week after American’s AAdvantage program in 1981. The program went through many changes in the last few years particularly with the merger of United and Continental and their OnePass frequent flyer program in 2012, and the switch to a revenue-based earning system in 2015 (after Delta but before American).

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (usually referred to as DOT) released consent orders on Friday against Alaska, United, American, Air Canada and Southwest.

DOT Fines Alaska Southwest United American Air Canada

These airlines had failed to comply with the DOT rules that deal with involuntarily denied boarding and damaged/lost luggage. The DOT fined these airlines $35K to $45 each. [click to continue…]

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United Airlines has launched a new “flash sale” campaign for buying MileagePlus miles with up to a 67% bonus that should be open for all.

United Airlines Buy MileagePlus Miles August 2016

United Airlines has promotions pretty much every month for buying miles, but they all max at 100% bonus or at 50% discount (exactly the same offer because United limits the number of miles one can purchase per year including any possible bonuses to 150K). [click to continue…]

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Scott Kirby, former American Airlines president, who was told to “transition out” according to the WSJ, moved into a similar position at United Continental (why don’t they just drop that Continental part) on Monday, the same day he left AA.

WSJ American Airlines President Moves to United Continental

These lateral moves are quite rare (cannot remember one) among the US airlines now that the number of network carriers is down to just four (American, United, Delta and Southwest). [click to continue…]

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Rocketmiles has launched a new promotion for United Airlines MileagePlus members that utilize their hotel booking platform for the first time by September 30, 2016.

Rocketmiles United Airlines 4,000 Bonus Miles September 30 2016

New members can earn 4,000 bonus MileagePlus miles in addition to the 1,000 to 10,000 miles awarded for each night consumed. The actual stay can happen later than September 30. [click to continue…]

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United Airlines has launched economy award campaign for travel to both North and South Asia between August 29 – April 30, 2017.

United Airlines MileagePlus Award Discount Asia-Pacific

United Airlines is offering all MileagePlus members 8,888 miles discount each way for travel that is booked by August 22. The award must include nonstop segment operated by United between United States and China. [click to continue…]

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If you’d like to earn plenty of United Frequent Flier Miles without actually having to fly or churn through credit cards there might be a way in case you’re a talented IT crack: Hacking!

United Hacking

United Airlines introduced a so called ‘Hacking for Bounty’ program earlier this year which rewards people for notifying the company about security issues and other vulnerabilities within their computer systems. [click to continue…]