United/American Engine

Use this engine to determine the best path to accrue points towards a reward goal on United Airlines or American Airlines. If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, maybe the Beginner’s Guide or the What are these engines? posts will help.

Any miles to start with?
United Miles :
American Airlines Miles :

Award Space (note: saver awards have less availability but are generally half the cost, and easy enough to find with flexible dates):
Saver/MilesSAAver
Standard/AAnytime

Trip Type:
Round Trip
One-Way

Number of passengers (note: finding saver award space becomes more difficult as more passengers are added):

Type of cards to apply for
Personal and Business
Personal Only

Only cards with first year annual fee waived?
Yes
No

Number of cards to apply for simultaneously:

United Trip Information
United Region Origin:
United Region Destination:

Choose award chart:
Star Alliance costs more although seems to have more premium availability. United is supposed to be UA and Copa Airlines only but I seem to be pricing other airlines under it as well.
Star Alliance
United Airlines

American Airlines Trip Information
Note the difference below - if the US ONLY, use the wholly within category - else use the US/Canada/NA category to map the US to another region like Europe.
American Region Origin:
American Region Destination:


United Points Accumulation
Program/CardCumulative
Economy
25,000 req
Cumulative
Business
50,000 req
Cumulative
First
70,000 req
Apply
Ink Plus Business Credit Card
Chase Ultimate Rewards
50,000 points after
$5,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+55,000
55,000
+55,000
55,000
+55,000
55,000
Apply Now
Sapphire Preferred
Chase Ultimate Rewards
40,000 points after
$4,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+44,000
99,000
+44,000
99,000
+44,000
99,000
Apply Now
United Business MileagePlus Explorer
United Airlines
30,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+31,000
130,000
+31,000
130,000
+31,000
130,000
Apply Now
United MileagePlus Explorer
United Airlines
30,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+31,000
161,000
+31,000
161,000
+31,000
161,000
Apply Now
Marriott Premier
Marriott Rewards
50,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $85
+21,250
182,250
+21,250
182,250
+21,250
182,250
Apply Now
Starwood Preferred Guest Business
SPG
25,000 points after
$5,000 spent in 6 months
Fee: $65 waived
+17,000
199,250
+17,000
199,250
+17,000
199,250
Apply Now
Starwood Preferred Guest
SPG
25,000 points after
$5,000 spent in 6 months
Fee: $65 waived
+17,000
216,250
+17,000
216,250
+17,000
216,250
Apply Now
Hhonors Signature
Hilton Honors
40,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 4 months
Fee: $0
+4,100
220,350
+4,100
220,350
+4,100
220,350
Apply Now
Economy goal attained with 55,000 points, with 30,000 left over.
Business goal attained with 55,000 points, with 5,000 left over.
First goal attained with 99,000 points, with 29,000 left over.

American Airlines Points Accumulation
Program/CardCumulative
Economy
25,000 req
Cumulative
Business
50,000 req
Cumulative
First
65,000 req
Apply
CitiExecutive AAdvantage
American Airlines
100,000 points after
$10,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $450
+110,000
110,000
+110,000
110,000
+110,000
110,000
Apply Now
Platinum Select Aadvantage
American Airlines
50,000 points after
$3,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+53,000
163,000
+53,000
163,000
+53,000
163,000
Apply Now
US Airways Premier World
American Airlines
40,000 points after
$1 spent in 6 months
Fee: $89
+40,001
203,001
+40,001
203,001
+40,001
203,001
Apply Now
Starwood Preferred Guest
SPG
25,000 points after
$5,000 spent in 6 months
Fee: $65 waived
+35,000
238,001
+35,000
238,001
+35,000
238,001
Apply Now
Starwood Preferred Guest Business
SPG
25,000 points after
$5,000 spent in 6 months
Fee: $65 waived
+35,000
273,001
+35,000
273,001
+35,000
273,001
Apply Now
CitiBusiness AAdvantage World
American Airlines
30,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $95 waived
+31,000
304,001
+31,000
304,001
+31,000
304,001
Apply Now
US Airways Business
American Airlines
25,000 points after
$1 spent in 6 months
Fee: $89
+25,001
329,002
+25,001
329,002
+25,001
329,002
Apply Now
Marriott Premier
Marriott Rewards
50,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 3 months
Fee: $85
+17,000
346,002
+17,000
346,002
+17,000
346,002
Apply Now
Hhonors Signature
Hilton Honors
40,000 points after
$1,000 spent in 4 months
Fee: $0
+6,150
352,152
+6,150
352,152
+6,150
352,152
Apply Now
Economy goal attained with 110,000 points, with 85,000 left over.
Business goal attained with 110,000 points, with 60,000 left over.
First goal attained with 110,000 points, with 45,000 left over.

Personal
Business

Depending on the link and card, I may get a small referral when any of the above are used to apply for a card.  These took time to build and require maintenance as cards, conversions and award charts change over time; please advise if you find any bugs or incorrect data as well.  Your support is very much appreciated.

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