United Airlines introduces new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus premier members

United Airlines has announced the introduction of PlusPoints, a new upgrade benefit for Premier Platinum and 1K members that creates more opportunities — and more freedom — for them to be upgraded on flights, the company said.

Top tier members will receive a bank of points that they can use to upgrade on all flights across United´s global network, where they previously would have used Regional Premier Upgrades (RPU) or Global Premier Upgrades (GPU). With PlusPoints, members will be able to access all upgrades through united.com or United´s mobile app, two features that make managing upgrades easier and are unique to United. United is the only global US airline that lets members request all upgrades without making a phone call.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers.