The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military award in the USA. Recipients of the award enjoy a host of benefits both inside and outside the military. United Airlines is adding to that list with free Global Services status and United Club membership that automatically renews every year.
Yesterday was National Medal of Honor Day. For the last four years, United has provided Global Services status, United’s top-tier status, to 74 Medal of Honor recipients. Global Servies status brings more upgrades, better service, and reduced fees. This year, United is adding free United Club membership as well.
Here’s a note from United President Scott Kirby to the Medal of Honor recipients about their free status and club membership:
The debt our country owes to your service can never be repaid; it can only be respected and honored. As a US Air Force veteran, I’m personally honored to send you this letter and thank you for the sacrifices you made for our country. In fact, I’ve collected about 40 signatures and challenge coins from living Congressional Medal of Honor winners and they are proudly on display at my home. All of us at United Airlines want to thank you for having earned our nation’s highest military honor and in that spirit, the United family is proud to offer you United Global Services status each year, our invitation-only program for our most valued MileagePlus members. With Global Services status, you enjoy our highest level of service and benefits.
In recognition of your exceptional service, it’s now our pleasure to also provide you with United Club membership starting March 23, 2019. United Club membership gives you — and up to two guests traveling with you — access to more than 45 United Club locations worldwide. You’re also welcomed to visit any of our participating Star Alliance affiliated lounges and other partner lounges. You will be receiving your membership materials separately but can access your digital card via the United app. Just like your Global Services status, your club membership will automatically renew next year, so there’s nothing you need to do.
Consider this our way of taking care of you in some meaningful, albeit small, recognition for all that you’ve sacrificed for our country. We greatly appreciate your service and we look forward to saluting you on board soon.
It’s a nice gesture. As United states:
It’s a small gesture in light of what these individuals accomplished on the battlefield, but it’s one way we can say thank you. When it comes to flying heroes, the honor is all ours.
image: US Army