I logged into United.com this morning and saw my lifetimes miles total – 500,024. I am half-way to become a Million Miler! For United MileagePlus, One Million Miles is a significant milestone (no pun intended). It gives you and a significant other Gold Status for life! No matter how many miles you fly in a year henceforth!
Most airlines and some hotel programs have a Lifetime Miles reward. It is their way of rewarding customers who have been loyal over an extended period of time. For airlines, it is typically at a Million Miles. How they measure a Million Miles may differ. For United only miles flown on United, United Express and Copa operated flights count. Partner flights, even if code shared or flown on a United ticket, do not count!. For American Airlines, on the other hand, all miles, even miles earned via the credit card, used to count count towards the Lifetime Mile status (AA dropped this policy in 2012 and now only flight miles flown count)! If that had been the case for United, given all the Star Alliance flights I have taken and all the miles I have earned via other sources – Credit Card included – I would have already been a Million Miler. There are also rewards at the Two Million Mile and Three Million mile marks for United.
Lifetime miles for hotels vary significantly by hotel program. Some hotels, like Hilton do not even have a lifetime status program. For Marriott, lifetime status starts at 250 qualified nights (I am at a distant 61 nights).
Anyone achieved lifetime status on any program? Are the rewards worth anything? Do share by leaving a comment below.