If you’re sitting on PlusPoints from United Airlines, you now have six more months to use them.
United Airlines Extends PlusPoints
PlusPoints are the upgrade currency United Airlines uses for its MileagePlus elite flyers. Platinum members earn 40 PlusPoints while 1K members earn 280 PlusPoints per year. Most domestic upgrades from economy to business class cost 20 PlusPoints while longhaul upgrades from economy class (booked in W-class or above) cost 40 PlusPoints to business class.
During the pandemic, many were unable to use their PlusPoints and United extended them last year as part of its push to retain elite status flyers (not everyone, however, received a status extension).
An email went out to MileagePlus members with PlusPoints this morning, noting:
Tavel in comfort and style when you use your PlusPoints to upgrade your trip to United Premium Plus or United Polaris. We have extended PlusPoints that were set to expire on July 31, 2022, and January 31, 2023, by six months so you have more time to take advantage of them. Your account already reflects this extension.
Flights have been running full this summer, with plenty of paid premium cabin travel, making upgrades elusive. With the suspension of inbound COVID-19 testing on international flights to the USA, demand has grown even more.
I was fortunate to use PlusPoints on a recent flight from London to Los Angeles, but in looking at a trip I will take next month, it does not appear I stand a chance to use these points. It will be good to have extra time to use them and I hope to upgrade my family to business class when we travel to Europe for Christmas.
United Airlines will extend PlusPoints for six months for all current holders of these points. The extended expiration date should already be visible in your MileagePlus account.
Now American Airlines, how about matching? I have two systemwide upgrades set to expire at the end of July that I would love six more months to utilize!