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A Double Take on United – Earn Double MileagePlus Miles through Nov. 21

Mileageplus_newlogoUnited Airlines announced this week that it would be offering a month-long special for members of the airline’s MileagePlus loyalty program: the opportunity to earn unlimited double-award miles. In order to participate, members must register for the promotion and complete their travel between now and November 21.

The offer is applicable to all flights on United and United Express–which together operate an average of 5,341 flights per day to more than 360 airports across six continents. Even though the promotion is only valid for travel within the U.S. (read: “within the lower 48,” since Alaska and Hawaii are excluded), domestic segments within international itineraries are included–so you might pick up some significant mileage nevertheless.

“This promotion gives us another opportunity to reward our MileagePlus members for their commitment to flying with us,” said Praveen Sharma, United’s vice president of loyalty. “It’s a great opportunity for MileagePlus members to earn twice the miles during the busy fall travel season.”

To register for the double-miles offer, visit and enter your MileagePlus account number, in addition to promotion code TB2M06.

If you’ve had your fill of traveling though (we’re just sayin’), there are plenty of options for redeeming those extra miles in other ways. United’s loyalty program is one of the most flexible, allowing members to apply their award miles toward travel, hotel stays, and car rentals–but that’s not all. The airline offers a couple of unique programs for award redemption: MileagePlus Headliners, through which members can redeem miles for theater and sporting-event tickets and bid on a variety of amazing experiences, and the MileagePlus Digital Media Store, which gives members the opportunity to trade miles for songs, albums, television shows, and movies.

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Airline Loyalty Programs Strategy

Business travelers looking to accumulate and use airline travel points or miles might consider taking advantage of credit card offers. Most credit card companies offer sign-up bonus points that can be used toward first-class upgrades, airline club lounges, free checked bags, and free tickets. The majority of frequent-flier miles are currently earned by flying a particular airline but earning points through buying (with a credit card) is another way to accumulate additional travel award point or miles.

Airline loyalty programs have been around since 1981 when American Airlines first introduced AAdvantage. These programs promote loyalty for an airline brand and offer travelers several options for redeeming earned award points. Although the programs have enjoyed much success, travelers should be aware that airlines usually only allocate a limited number of seats per flight for redemption of award travel, giving preference, of course, to seats that generate revenue over those that are free. Some programs also have expiration dates.

There are many websites business travelers can use as sources for finding the best loyalty program deals and managing awards points. Here are just a few: