United launches UK credit card account

12 Nov 2013 by GrahamSmith

United Airlines has launched a credit card in the UK allowing new customers to collect points for its Mileage Plus frequent flyer programme.

The carrier has teamed up with MBNA for the Mileage Plus Credit Card Account, which has no annual fee and offers zero per cent interest on all United Airlines transactions for one year from the date the account is opened.

The account comes with two credit cards, an Amex and a Visa.

New customers will earn 2.5 award miles for every £2 spend on the American Express card and 1.25 award miles for every £2 spend on the Visa card.

In addition, the account provides a welcome bonus of 12,000 award miles for every customer who spends over £1,000 on card purchases within 90 days of opening the account.

Praveen Sharma, United's vice president, loyalty and business development, said: "The lucrative 12,000-mile welcome proposition makes this no-annual-fee card account the top choice for earning miles for UK residents.

"Mileage Plus miles can be redeemed for award flights and upgrades with United Airlines from every city served in the UK or any of the Star Alliance carriers to more than 1,300 global destinations."

United's MBNA credit card account is similar to one launched in June by Emirates, which also comes with both Amex and Visa cards (see news, June 25).

Last week, it emerged that United will be the first airline to operate a flight into the new Queen's Terminal at London Heathrow next June (see news, November 6).

Graham Smith

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