United becomes first major U.S. airline to allow members of its loyalty program, MileagePlus®, to pool their miles with family and friends into a joint account.

United MileagePlus now allows pooling award miles with family and friends

United has launched MileagePlus miles pooling so members of the North American airline’s frequent flyer programme can contribute and combine their miles into a joint account. Groups of up to five members can share and redeem miles in one linked account. Any MileagePlus member, be it relatives or close friends, are able to pool with other members.

United is the only major US airline to offer this feature. MileagePlus miles pooling is now available to all MileagePlus members by logging in to their account on United.com. Join MileagePlus programme for free here.

To be the pool leader, you need to be 18 years old and older. Pool leaders can invite up to four of their family, friends or close travel companions of any age who are have an active MileagePlus account. They will be instructed on how to contribute miles to the group pool as well as how to redeem pooled miles for award flights on United and United Express. There is no limit to how many miles can be contributed to an active miles pool, which can be used when booking a ticket on United.com or in the United mobile app.

Contributing miles to the miles pool will not affect an individual member’s Premier status. Only members who travel on a ticket using pooled miles will earn any eligible Premier qualifying points (PQP), not the member who contributed them. Members cannot pool PQP, Premier qualifying flights (PQF), PlusPoints, or TravelBank cash.  

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