Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Major United Airlines Mileage Plus Change: Hey Big Spenders!

United announced this morning that, effective starting in 2014, customers will have to spend set minimum dollar amounts in addition to flying X number of miles in order to earn elite status.
  • Premier Silver: [25,000 PQM or 30 PQS] and $2,500 PQD
  • Premier Gold: [50,000 PQM or 60 PQS] and $5,000 PQD
  • Premier Platinum: [75,000 PQM or 90 PQS] and $7,500 PQD
  • Premier 1K: [100,000 PQM or 120 PQS] and $10,000 PQD
PQM=Premier Qualifying Miles
PQM=Premier Qualifying Segments
PQD=Premier Qualifying Dollars

The PQDs consist only of the base amount of the fare and airline fuel surcharge, and not to any taxes.

We were convinced this was coming at some point and now we know.

The good news for us that our devalued lifetime Gold Status may become a little more worthwhile as the ranks of elite flyers are almost inevitably thinned. Our first guess is that most high-level elites in future will be folks whose companies are buying their fares and there will be far fewer elites traveling on their own nickels.

UA has outlined the updates here. There is a lot of discussion occurring here in Flyertalk, and one major consensus is that folks are somewhat resigned to the changes.

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