Old Jun 18, 16, 11:50 pm
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To register a companion www.united.com/MMcompanion or https://promo.united.com/offers/mmcomp

First companion choice selection becomes effective immediately. Changing companion must be done before end of November and takes effect in the first week of January. You can have only 1 designated MM companion. If you don't make a change, the previously selected companion will remain in place.
While rules suggests the companion has to reside at the same address as elite, in practice, neither same address or same last name is needed (UA may be tighten this up starting in late 2022)
The companion has all the same privileges / status as the MM elite but will not receive PlusPoints (before 2020 RPUs or GPUs) based on the companion status.

Companion eligibility:
  1. A companion is defined as a spouse, significant other or individual who resides at same home address, based on MileagePlus profile information.
  2. Your companion must be an enrolled member of the MileagePlus program under his or her own name and may not already be the companion of another Million Miler.
  3. The companion benefit is awarded on an annual basis and is nontransferable.
  4. Your companion will receive his or her own individual Premier credentials and does not need to travel with you to enjoy the benefits of the Premier level awarded.
  5. Your designated companion will automatically renew each year unless you let us know otherwise by November 30 of the current year.
  6. You may change the companion on your account; however the change will not be in effect until January 1 of the following year. All change requests must be made by November 30 (for changes to existing companion nominations) or December 30 (for first-time nominations) to be effective for the following year. MileagePlus will not be able to accept changes to existing companion nominations during the month of December.
See UA Million Miler program web page for more

Relevant thread: UA Million Miler/Multi-Million Miler Roll Call Thread

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Old Nov 10, 22, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by porciuscato View Post
I didn't check before then, but I can tell you that every single year for the last 6 years, the MP card for my companion (or the App in the last couple of years) says "Valid through 1/20XX" on it. It would be a hard case for them to have cards that say that and not honor it.
I would not use that as the metric of when it is discontinued, due to the special nature of the gifted status when you revoke / replace with another individual. We need some actual experiences.
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Old Nov 10, 22, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
I would not use that as the metric of when it is discontinued, due to the special nature of the gifted status when you revoke / replace with another individual. We need some actual experiences.
And I provided actual experience in the post above: I have swapped companions 6 years in a row; every single time, the old companion retained status until the end of January,
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Old Nov 10, 22, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by porciuscato View Post
And I provided actual experience in the post above: I have swapped companions 6 years in a row; every single time, the old companion retained status until the end of January,
Sorry if I misread, but between the two earlier posts. it was not clear (to me) if the evidence was the card dates or something else
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Old Nov 10, 22, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by 8MiHi View Post
If you do not make a change by November 30 your companion is renewed.
And can they remove you as a companion after that date or it sticks for the full year after that? Is there any way to know if someone has kept you as their companion by calling in? or do you just wait for status to fall off 2/28?
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Old Nov 10, 22, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SkyTeam777 View Post
And can they remove you as a companion after that date or it sticks for the full year after that?
Not aware of any way
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Is there any way to know if someone has kept you as their companion by calling in? ...
asking the sponsor, my guess, for privacy reasons, UA would not inform you of the actions of the sponsor
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or do you just wait for status to fall off 2/28?
UA status drops occur on 1 February annually
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Old Nov 11, 22, 1:45 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
I would not use that as the metric of when it is discontinued, due to the special nature of the gifted status when you revoke / replace with another individual. We need some actual experiences.
Last year my newly appointed companion was traveling on the 2nd of January and did not have it designated. I called United and they said they were working on it. It did not actually occur until around the 6th of January.
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Old Nov 11, 22, 1:49 am
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Originally Posted by Buzzman View Post
Last year my newly appointed companion was traveling on the 2nd of January and did not have it designated. I called United and they said they were working on it. It did not actually occur until around the 6th of January.
Do you happened to know when the prior designate lost their status?
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Old Nov 12, 22, 2:32 am
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No, I wasn't particularly interested in that detail, only when the new designee achieved status
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Old Nov 21, 22, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by bmw303 View Post
trying to change companion to my son. Addresses match exactly. I certify that he meets the t&cs and get this error: ""based on the information you provided, the person you elected is not currently eligible to be selected as your Million Miler Companion."

what gives?
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What's changed recently (and very obviously) is that UA is now at least making a show of enforcing the companion rules as written. In the past, there has been absolutely no such effort.
Originally Posted by rowenb View Post
Yesterday I tried naming a companion for the first time, naming my spouse. Our MP accounts have different mailing addresses. I got a message, asking me to confirm that my spouse is truly eligible under the program terms. I clicked "yes", as we do in fact share the same house even though our MP accounts show different addresses. My saying "yes" was good enough for United, and her companion status was approved even though I didn't actually update either account's address to match the other account.
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And the "same home address" has not been enforced for years. As others say, it seems the site is broken so you might as well call Mileage Plus and ask them to look into it.
Is United enforcing the "Same Address" rule now?

What about current MM nominations that the nominator has different home address from the nominee?
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Old Jan 12, 23, 3:11 am
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Did united process million miler companion changes for 2023 yet? My dad called on Nov 30th ‘22 to change his companion to me, and they said it’d get updated first week of Jan but I still don’t see the status on my account.

Should I try calling in?
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Old Jan 12, 23, 5:26 am
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Originally Posted by ChiCityFlyer View Post
Did united process million miler companion changes for 2023 yet? My dad called on Nov 30th 22 to change his companion to me, and they said itd get updated first week of Jan but I still dont see the status on my account.

Should I try calling in?
I guess if anyone should inquire it would be the sponsor your dad.
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Old Jan 12, 23, 9:26 am
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In my case, I did this online in November and it failed due to not having the same address. After that is fixed, it went through and my son got my status on 1/1/23.
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Old Jan 14, 23, 7:09 pm
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Originally Posted by ChiCityFlyer View Post
Did united process million miler companion changes for 2023 yet? My dad called on Nov 30th 22 to change his companion to me, and they said itd get updated first week of Jan but I still dont see the status on my account.

Should I try calling in?
Mine worked. I nominated my 19 year old daughter (who sadly still lives with me!) and it processed 1/1/23...
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Old Jan 14, 23, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by eightblack View Post
Mine worked. I nominated my 19 year old daughter (who sadly still lives with me!) and it processed 1/1/23...
That's why it works - with the same, and in this case, valid address. Otherwise, yes, sadly.

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Old Jan 15, 23, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by ChiCityFlyer View Post
Did united process million miler companion changes for 2023 yet? My dad called on Nov 30th 22 to change his companion to me, and they said itd get updated first week of Jan but I still dont see the status on my account.

Should I try calling in?
Yes, they're processed. I changed my companion before Dec 1 and the their status updated 1/1/23. If your status isn't updated then your dad may have entered something wrong (wrong address, wrong MP#?). Your dad will have to call United and see what can be done. Technically no changes are allowed until the end of the year now.

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