Bonus Round

Attention, frequent flyers: Southwest and United airlines offer double miles

Attention, frequent flyers: Southwest and United offer double miles

Hobby Airport Southwest Airlines plane control tower
Southwest Airlines started the bonus promotion first. Photo courtesy of Fly2Houston.com
United Airlines airplanes tails at IAH Bush Intercontinental Airport
United Airlines followed suit with a bonus mile promotion for its frequent flyers. BoardinArea.com
Hobby Airport Southwest Airlines plane control tower
United Airlines airplanes tails at IAH Bush Intercontinental Airport

Southwest and United are in a generous — and competitive — mood. Both airlines are giving members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn double miles on flights. But the promotion doesn't last long.

Southwest is offering double Rapid Rewards frequent-flyer points on all new tickets booked between now and November 21. Registration is required prior to travel. 

Travelers will receive 12 bonus points per dollar spent on Southwest's Business Select fares, 10 bonus points per dollar spent on Anytime fares, and six bonus points per dollar spent on the carrier's lowest tier Wanna Get Away, in addition to the standard flight points received for each fare. 

United quickly followed suit. Members of the airline’s MileagePlus loyalty program can earn unlimited double-award miles on United and United Express flight segments booked between now and November 21 for travel within the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

To earn double miles, customers must register at www.united.com/promoregistration and simply enter promotion code TB2M06 and their MileagePlus account number.

The United offer awards double redeemable miles but does not double "qualifying" miles that count toward frequent-flyer status. The offer also excludes some fare classes (T, L, K, G, N) most often associated with special or deeply discounted fares.