United relaunches MileagePlus X frequent-flier app

United Airlines updated its frequent-flyer app to give members more ways to earn miles, including the new United Visa Rewards loyalty program with offers from merchants like Sam’s Club, Wayfair and StubHub. Read more…

United and American Airlines this year increased the annual spending requirement to earn high-level elite status in their loyalty programs by 25% to $15,000 from $12,000 in 2018. Budget travelers may have a harder time qualifying for the top tier, but business travelers that travel frequently likely will enjoy fewer crowds at exclusive airline lounges. Delta Air Lines previously increased the annual spending requirement to $15,000 and 125,000 flown miles for its top-tier membership, Skift reported.

United parent United Continental pushed past Delta to become the No. 2 carrier behind American in terms of passenger traffic last year. United has aimed to gain back market share at its hubs in Chicago, Houston and Denver by boosting flight connections at its busiest airports. United racked up 230.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs), an industry metric, compared with Delta’s 224.2 billion to take the No. 2 spot for the first time since 2015. American likely will keep its title as the world’s biggest carrier when it discloses full-year RPMsBloomberg reported.

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