United Airlines' MileagePlus and MBNA Launch New MileagePlus® Credit Card Account

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CHESTER, England, November 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


Welcome bonus of 12,000 MileagePlus®award miles available for new customers*

United Airlines' subsidiary MileagePlus and MBNA today (Monday, 11 November 2013)  launch a new MileagePlus® Credit Card Account for eligible new customers in the UK.

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The MileagePlus® Credit Card Account comes with no annual fee and offers new customers the opportunity to build MileagePlus® bonus award miles on all of their spending. The account also offers zero percent interest on all United Airlines transactions for 12 months from the date the account is opened.

The account comes with two credit cards - one American Express-branded card and one Visa card - to provide customers with maximum flexibility and the ability to earn awards in the most advantageous way.

New customers will earn 2.5 MileagePlus® award miles for every £2 they spend on their MileagePlus® American Express® Credit Card from MBNA and 1.25 MileagePlus® award miles for every £2 they spend on their MileagePlus® Visa Credit Card.

The account offers a welcome bonus of 12,000 award miles for every customer who spends a minimum of £1,000 on card purchases within 90 days of opening the account.

Customers can apply for the card account at http://www.united.com.

Michael Donald, MBNA's Business Development and Marketing executive, said: "We're delighted to be launching the new MileagePlus® Credit Card Account in partnership with United Airlines. We hope that UK-based United Airlines customers and frequent flyers take advantage of the great benefits that come with this new card programme."

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. MileagePlus® 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. Currently, you can fly on a Saver Award to any Star Alliance destination in Europe with only 12,500 miles. Whether you're a Star Alliance program loyalist looking to redeem miles on any of the participating airlines or a first-time United flyer interested in purchasing a flight with financing, this card account is for you. We're proud to be partnered with MBNA, the leading credit card issuer, to extend this valuable offering."

In the UK, United offers nonstop service from London/Heathrow to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington/Dulles; from Manchester to New York/Newark and Washington/Dulles; and from Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow to New York/Newark. The airline will launch seasonal nonstop service from Edinburgh to Chicago in May 2014.

The MileagePlus® Credit Card Account offers zero percent interest for six months on all balance transfers and money transfers made within 90 days of opening an account (a handling fee of 2 percent applies to such balance transfers and money transfers). Award miles are not earned on balance transfers or money transfers.

In addition to award miles, customers using the MileagePlus® American Express® Credit Card can receive exclusive worldwide benefits from the American Express Selects Programme, including retail, dining, travel and entertainment offers.

The MileagePlus® Credit Card Account is available for UK residents only. Other terms and conditions apply and are available on application.

Representative example 18.9% p.a. variable on card purchases. This is equivalent to 18.9% APR representative variable based on a credit limit of £1200.

Picture Caption: The MileagePlus® Credit Card Account comes with two cards

* Terms apply. Welcome bonus of 12,000 MileagePlus® awards miles applies if a new customer spends a minimum of £1,000 on card purchases within 90 days of opening the account. Offer expires on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

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About MBNA Limited:

MBNA Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (BAC). For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.mbna.co.uk.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom, economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on more than 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United continues to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company will have launched 14 new international and 19 new domestic routes, including the addition of seven new cities to its network, by the end of 2013. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines. Air Transport World named United as the Eco-Aviation Airline of the Year Gold Winner in 2013. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 28 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

Editor and supplementary notes:

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. Any consumer interested in learning more about any of this product should visit http://www.united.com/mbna-uk for full terms and conditions.  Mileage award redemption levels subject to change.

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