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UA Insider Jun 18, 13 6:45 am

MileagePlus Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) Requirement Discussion [ARCHIVE]
 
Hi everyone,

Today we’re announcing some upcoming changes to our Premier qualification requirements for 2014. We’ve posted complete details and a FAQ at www.mileageplusupdates.com, but I wanted to share an excerpt of the key points with you directly:

Starting in January 2014, Premier qualification for members living in the United States will include a minimum annual spending level. We will track this new requirement with Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) – dollars spent on most United tickets, including partner flights, and Economy Plus purchases. The changes will not affect Premier qualifying miles (PQM) or Premier qualifying segments (PQS). The new criteria will look like this:

  • 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

A minimum of at least four paid flights operated by United, United Express, or Copa Airlines will be needed to qualify for any Premier status.

For 2014, the PQD requirement is waived for Premier Silver, Premier Gold, and Premier Platinum qualification for members whose address with MileagePlus is within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and who spend at least $25,000 in Net Purchases in 2014 on a MileagePlus co-branded credit card issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. There is no PQD waiver for Premier 1K qualification.

As mentioned above, there are more details and a FAQ posted at www.mileageplusupdates.com, and over the next few days we’ll be communicating this information to our members. In the meantime, if you still have any more questions after going through the FAQ, please post them here and I’ll do my best to clarify.

Aaron Goldberg
Sr. Manager - Customer Experience Planning
United Airlines
Moderator Edit to include the following downthread post(s)

Originally Posted by UA Insider (Post 20953752)
Hi everyone,

Here’s an update for you (figured it was better to post this now as opposed to morning, even if we’re close to 5pm CDT ;)). As I mentioned in my earlier note, while many of your questions fall into the category of ‘more details to come’, here are some questions that I’m able to answer for you right now.


Am I guaranteed 016 ticket stock and PQD if I purchase through United.com?
Yes, if it is an eligible United, United Express, Copa Airlines or MileagePlus partner-operated flight segment.


Will a mixed itinerary count if it is ticketed by OA since that's the first segment but later segments are on United?
...
Do non 016 tickets at least count UA/UA Express segments?

Eligible flight segments operated by United, United Express and Copa Airlines count toward PQD even if on non-016 tickets.


i've already purchased two itineraries for 2014. Please tell me that these purchases - both the miles and the dollars -- will count toward the new qualification requirements.
Yes, PQD counts towards the year in which you take the flight. If you booked a PQD eligible ticket in 2013 with a departure date in 2014, you will earn PQDs towards 2014 qualification upon completing each flight segment. This is how PQM and PQS are applied today.


UA Insider: Can we safely assume YQ is considered a carrier imposed surcharge (can't see how it would not be)?
Yes. In 2014, YQ is a ‘carrier-imposed surcharge’ that we currently intend to include in PQDs.


Aaron - can we assume that spend on a no-longer-offered, legacy Chase card will count towards the waiver? I.e., the old MP Platinum / Select cards?
Yes, so long as it is a MileagePlus Chase co-branded credit card issued in the United States. That includes cards that are no longer marketed to new customers.

Aaron Goldberg
Sr. Manager – Customer Experience Planning
United Airlines


villox Jun 18, 13 6:47 am

Aaand boom goes the dynamite.

AAExPlat Jun 18, 13 6:48 am

Well. Not unexpected. I really think this makes sense and I support this move. I wish AA did it, too. It is a much better model than transactional loyalty on a one-off basis. Now that status is more meaningful, that should bode well for those who fulfill the published criteria.

GSSmith Jun 18, 13 6:50 am

From the WSJ thread:


Originally Posted by ChicagoAlex (Post 20935358)
Interesting indeed. I think he views Delta as the model airline. *snip* PQDs are coming. At least we'll have *A? :(

How prophetic!

FlyingNut724 Jun 18, 13 6:53 am


Originally Posted by AAExPlat (Post 20942965)
Now that status is more meaningful, that should bode well for those who fulfill the published criteria.

I think that is the part that remains to be seen.

goingbananas Jun 18, 13 6:53 am


Originally Posted by UA Insider (Post 20942957)

For 2014, the PQD requirement is waived for Premier Silver, Premier Gold, and Premier Platinum qualification for members whose address with MileagePlus is within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and who spend at least $25,000 in Net Purchases in 2014 on a MileagePlus co-branded credit card issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. There is no PQD waiver for Premier 1K qualification.

Is this an airline? or a bank? What is next? Chase ATM's on the planes as well?

Ocn Vw 1K Jun 18, 13 6:55 am

I assume that these PQD requirements won't apply to those who have lifetime Premier (Gold, Platinum, etc.) status. ;) ?

[Now answered by FAQs as not applicable to MMers, unless they earn a higher level in a particular year.]

J.Edward Jun 18, 13 6:55 am

Thanks for sharing that Aaron, if the criteria is being tightened for qualification can we also assume the benefits of status can also be improved in a meaningful way?

Xyzzy Jun 18, 13 6:55 am

This was not unexpected. I note the numbers are slightly higher than what I expected and that there is no CC spend waiver f:eek:r 1k.

At least the spend requirement includes partner flights, as I end up on LH a lot thanks to the ATI arrangement.

rankourabu Jun 18, 13 6:56 am

whats this, a sound of all UA elites "moving" to Mexico :D

FlyingNut724 Jun 18, 13 6:56 am


Originally Posted by Xyzzy (Post 20942998)
This was not unexpected. I note the numbers are slightly higher than what I expected and that there is no CC spend waiver f:eek:r 1k.

At least the spend requirement includes partner flights, as I end up on LH a lot thanks to the ATI arrangement.

Only if the ticket is booked through UA and has a ticket number starting with 016.

villox Jun 18, 13 6:56 am


Originally Posted by AAExPlat (Post 20942965)
Well. Not unexpected. I really think this makes sense and I support this move. I wish AA did it, too. It is a much better model than transactional loyalty on a one-off basis. Now that status is more meaningful, that should bode well for those who fulfill the published criteria.

Me too. I think the only people being affected by this would be people who are doing exclusively mileage runs.

trekwars2000 Jun 18, 13 6:57 am

Why even have the mileage requirement?

UA-NYC Jun 18, 13 6:58 am

Sigh...and so it begins.


Originally Posted by J.Edward (Post 20942996)
Thanks for sharing that Aaron, if the criteria is being tightened for qualification can we also assume the benefits of status can also be improved in a meaningful way?

Yeah right! ;)

Xyzzy Jun 18, 13 7:00 am


Originally Posted by FlyingNut724 (Post 20943009)
Only if the ticket is booked through UA and has a ticket number starting with 016.

Indeed. After following the link to the UA site I f:eek:nd this:

Flights operated by a Star Alliance or a MileagePlus partner airline and issued on a United ticket (ticket number starting with 016)
I'm n:(w quite likely officially screwed Then again I have no idea how much revenue I've been generating...


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