United unveils new cruise-travel benefits for MileagePlus members

777-200united_landing_N78013United Airlines unveiled new cruise-travel benefits for members of the carrier’s MileagePlus loyalty program, enabling members who live in the 50 United States to set sail using miles or a combination of miles and money.

With MileagePlus Cruise Awards, more than two dozen cruise lines are available for mileage redemption for exciting journeys to destinations around the world, including the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

“Our cruise-travel redemption program provides MileagePlus members a unique new way to use their miles for exceptional travel experiences,” said Praveen Sharma, United’s vice president of loyalty. “The program is an excellent addition to the other diverse options we offer to redeem miles, including hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise and auctions for once-in-a-lifetime adventures.”

MileagePlus members also may earn miles for cruise travel by booking through United Cruises, which launched in 2011.

United offers its MileagePlus cruise-travel programs through a partnership with World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency.

Customers may research trips and make reservations at cruises.mileageplus.com or by contacting cruise consultants at 1-800-474-2052.