Step-by-Step: How to Set Up a United Airlines Account (It’s So Easy and Rewarding)

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INSIDER TIP: Signing up for a United Airlines frequent flyer account means you’ll be eligible to use the amazing United Airlines Excursionist Perk, which essentially gives you two vacations in one.

If you already have plans to travel for work or leisure, you should always enter your frequent flyer loyalty number to earn reward miles for your paid flights. If you don’t yet have a United Airlines frequent flyer account, you can set one up today in just a few minutes.

In this post, I’ll show you how to set up a United Airlines account and discuss a few reasons why having these free loyalty accounts is both strategic and easy. Once you start earning United Airlines miles, you’ll be one step closer to a free award flight on United Airlines or one of its Star Alliance partners.

I’ll show you how to set up a United Airlines account so you can start earning and redeeming award miles. (Photo by Noppasin Wongchum/Shutterstock)

How to Set up a United Airlines Account

United Airlines accounts are free and easy to create. This means that you can have a loyalty account with United Airlines in just a few minutes if you follow the simple instructions below. If you have any other questions, let us know in the comments section below.

Step 1. Go to the United Airlines Website

To get started, navigate to where you can search for United Airlines flights, redeem United Airlines miles for award flights or view your account. This is where you can sign up for a new account.

To sign up for a new account, hover over the “MileagePlus” option in the top right of your screen until you see the drop-down menu appear.

Then click “Join MileagePlus” to be taken to the United Airlines registration page. You can click through to the frequent flyer registration page right from the homepage making this a quick and easy process.

Step 2. Enter Your Details and Contact Information

From the “Join MileagePlus” link, signing up for a United Airlines account is quite simple and straightforward. Just enter your full name, date of birth, gender and contact information (including your home address, email and phone number).

You can specify a home airport if you want to — but this field is not required. Then, create a secure password (and don’t forget it) and choose security questions for recovering your account. Unfortunately, you will be required to select five security questions with unique answers (such as your favorite ice cream flavor) in order to complete enrollment. Glad to know that United Airlines takes customer account security seriously.

After completing the personal information section, click on “Accept and Enroll” and you’re done. When registering for my newborn daughter the whole process took less than three minutes — although it was hard to know her favorite flavor of ice cream.

Step 3: Receive Confirmation of Your New United MileagePlus Frequent Flyer Account

After a few minutes, you should receive a confirmation email from United Airlines confirming your account enrollment. This email will also contain your new frequent flyer number which you can input for any future flights on United Airlines (or their Star Alliance partner airlines) to earn frequent flyer miles for your flights. I would encourage you to write this number down in a safe place so it’s easily accessible in the future.

Once you have your confirmation number, you can log in to your loyalty account at to view your mileage balance, upcoming travel reservations (if you have any), and redeem your award miles for free award flights. You can also begin to transfer points to your United Airlines account from Chase Ultimate rewards, for example. And you can enter your new United Airlines account when applying for a new United Airlines credit card.

Bottom Line

Signing up for a United Airlines MileagePlus account takes just a few minutes — and it’s simple and free. Every traveler should open a free loyalty account with the airline they’re flying to maximize their rewards and begin to save up frequent flyer miles for valuable award flights.

When I registered my daughter, the whole process took less than three minutes and it was simple and easy. If you have any further questions about setting up your United Airlines MileagePlus account, leave us a note below. And you can read more info on United Airlines miles here:

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