Getting United Elite Qualifying miles can sometimes be challenging, so it can be smart to look at partners carriers when a new opportunity opens up.
Right now is a great time to visit Brazil. You may already know that there is visa waiver in effect for US Citizens for this summer’s Olympics (or just vacations).
After hopping on a United flight from the US down to Brazil, you can then take Azul Brazilian Airlines, a low-cost Brazilian carrier which has flights to over 100 destinations within Brazil.
Started at the end of 2008, Azul Airlines prides itself on free LiveTV, legroom with a pitch of 30 inches or more and free drinks and snacks. There are also no middle seats, since they use only Embraer 195 planes with a single class of service.
Recently they’ve added nonstop international service to Miami and Orlando. Starting March 21, 2016, when flying on Azul and crediting to United you’ll earn redeemable miles and Elite Qualifying Miles based on distance flown.
Here’s a look at the premier qualifying miles you can earn –
Here is the redeemable chart if the ticket is issued through United –
Here is the earning chart from United’s website for bookings made on Azul Airlines ticket stock –
United Elites will also earn fare class bonuses –
Although there is service from Miami and Orlando, you might find the most value on flights within Brazil. For readers who are trying to maintain elite levels on United, it is always a good thing when a partner airline offers flights that count towards elite status.
Have you flown on Azul Airlines yet?