BP and United Airlines Launch Rewards Program Turning Fuel Purchases into Airline Miles

March 8, 2018, Written By Lynn Oldshue

United Airlines and BP have launched an innovative rewards program that turns fuel purchases into airline miles. Consumers can now link their BP Driver Rewards and United MileagePlus accounts to earn miles when they fill up at BP gas stations.

There are three rewards tiers available:

  • One mile per gallon of fuel
  • Two miles per gallon of fuel purchased with a linked credit or debit card
  • Three miles per gallon of premium-grade fuel purchased with a linked credit or debit card

Members also have the option to convert airline miles to fuel rewards. Users can save 50 cents per gallon in exchange for 60 award miles, as long as they pay with a linked credit or debit card. This option is available for a maximum of 20 gallons per fuel purchase.

Hence, if a driver purchased 15 gallons of gas twice a month for the entire year, they would be buying 360 gallons over the course of the year. At a savings of 50 cents per gallon, they would save $180. But it would cost them 60 award miles per gallon, or 21,600 award miles, to realize that $180 savings.

There is no fee to sign up for BP Driver Rewards. New members can link a credit or debit card during the registration process, and existing members can log into their accounts to add a card. Driver Rewards members have the option to earn rewards toward future fuel purchases or toward their MileagePlus accounts. Users can earn 200 bonus miles after their first transaction with a linked card if they select MileagePlus as their rewards path.

To become a United MileagePlus member, you need a credit or prepaid card that offers MileagePlus rewards such as the United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of March 8, 2018. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for LowCards.com for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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