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PresidentialPlus credit card - Benefits, Q&A, .... (impact of 2019 & 2020 MP changes)

Old Jan 5, 15, 11:45 pm
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This legacy Chase credit card is not taking new applications. Compiled below is a comparison of current card-derived vs. status-derived benefits.

Overall, the current benefits of the PP and the replacement Club card are nearly identical. The key trade-off is increased redeemable mile (RDM) earnings with the Club card vs. FPQM with the PP card. Basically, the Club card earns an incremental 0.5 RDM / $1 vs. the PP cards 0.2 PQM / $1. This sets a 2.5 RDM : $1 PQM ratio, which puts a price on PQMs earned this way at $0.025 to $0.050. Given that PQMs cost atleast $0.08 or more each if purchased early in the year via award accelerator, this is a pretty good deal for those who anticipate falling short of the upcoming years desired Silver / Gold / Platinum threshold.

Benefits unique to the PP card:
- 1000 FPQM per $5,000 spend (or 0.2 / $1)
- FPQMs are only valid for Premier Silver / Gold / Platinum status, expire 3 years after earning
- 1 RDM / $1 card spend (x2 hotel & rental cars for personal card, x2 restaurants, gas, office supplies for business card)
- Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) waiver (no minimum card spend, doesnt apply to 1K)

Benefits unique to the Club card:
- 1.5 RDM / $1 card spend
- PQD waiver (with $25,000 minimum card spend, doesnt apply to 1K)

Benefits shared between PP and Club cards:
- $395 annual fee
- United club membership (vs. $450 1K/GS, $500 Platinum, $550 Gold, $550 Silver, $550 GM, +$550 with spouse)
- Waiver of 4 segment on United flights for Premier qualification (removed in 2020)
- Premier Access (group 2 boarding)
- 2 free checked bags (vs. 1 Silver, 2 Gold, 3 Platinum)
- Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum
- Hertz Hertz President's Circle status (vs. Five Star for Premier Silver / Gold) (expiring 31 January 2023)
- CPU on award tickets
- No <21 day award booking fees (vs. $50 Silver, $25 Gold, $0 Platinum)
- No foreign transaction fees
- Concierge service

Benefits compared to Explorer card:
- only $95 annual fee
- only 1 free bag for cardholder and 1 companion
- 1 RDM / $1 card spend, +10,000 bonus after $25,000 card spend)
- 2 single-use club passes
- Premier Access (group 2 boarding)
- Premier Qualifying Dollar waiver (with $25,000 minimum card spend)

Sources (accessed Jan 1, 2015):

Chase United Card Benefits
https://www.chase.com/online/Credit-...ewards-new.htm

United Premier Status Benefits
http://www.united.com/web/en-US/cont...r/default.aspx

United Premier Status Qualification Requirements
Premier status qualification requirements

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Presidential Plus Card Changes

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PresidentialPlus credit card - Benefits, Q&A, .... (impact of 2019 & 2020 MP changes)

Old Nov 25, 14, 10:30 pm
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For what it is worth, National offers Executive status to all WorldElite MasterCard holders. See: http://www.mastercard.us/travel/worl...e-summary.html
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Old Nov 25, 14, 11:54 pm
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Old Nov 26, 14, 10:05 am
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Is there anyone who has gotten or heard of someone getting a Pres Plus card since the card became unavailable?

For example, you spend 50k on MP United Club card in a year and say you're going to go somewhere else unless they give you the Pres Plus card...
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Old Nov 26, 14, 3:49 pm
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Originally Posted by bigwings8
Is there anyone who has gotten or heard of someone getting a Pres Plus card since the card became unavailable?
Yes, ctownflyer has gotten a Presidential Plus card after they were officially unavailable. I know him personally and can vouch for his veracity.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23833777-post1906.html
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Old Nov 26, 14, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by RNE
Yes, ctownflyer has gotten a Presidential Plus card after they were officially unavailable. I know him personally and can vouch for his veracity.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23833777-post1906.html
Was due to a zombie link that no longer works.
Though there may be other zombie links still out there.
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Old Nov 27, 14, 12:04 am
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Originally Posted by bigwings8
Is there anyone who has gotten or heard of someone getting a Pres Plus card since the card became unavailable?

For example, you spend 50k on MP United Club card in a year and say you're going to go somewhere else unless they give you the Pres Plus card...
The threat would only be useful if you spent 50k+ a month instead of anually; However they still won't give you PP.
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Old Nov 27, 14, 7:01 am
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The threat would only be useful if you spent 50k+ a month instead of anually; However they still won't give you PP.
I'm looking to find a good window to convert into the Club... I do spend 50+k a month on that card; I have > 150k IFPQM stored up, I'm going to make sure they "go in" properly on Jan 1 and then its club card time. 300k a year is worth more than the delta between plat and gold.
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Old Nov 27, 14, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by entropy
I'm looking to find a good window to convert into the Club... I do spend 50+k a month on that card; I have > 150k IFPQM stored up, I'm going to make sure they "go in" properly on Jan 1 and then its club card time. 300k a year is worth more than the delta between plat and gold.
Gold to Plat is quite a difference though between free redeposits, free SDC, 8 E+ companions, and IN award class availability that has been steadily improving.
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Old Dec 13, 14, 4:51 am
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Old Dec 13, 14, 7:41 am
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Presidential Plus Card Changes

Yes. My mom has the PP card and had purchased lifetime club membership back when it was still offered. As a result her AF is $95.
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Old Dec 13, 14, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by augkor
Yes. My mom has the PP card and had purchased lifetime club membership back when it was still offered. As a result her AF is $95.
I'm a lifetime member. The fee I pay for this card is $100. I'm nt sure when or whether it was slightly lower.
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Old Dec 13, 14, 5:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Xyzzy
I'm a lifetime member. The fee I pay for this card is $100. I'm nt sure when or whether it was slightly lower.
Me too, and it's always been $100
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Old Dec 13, 14, 6:02 pm
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Interestingly enough, I'm not a lifetime member, but I am grandfathered in at $375, rather than the present $395. But I won't be happy until Chase pays me tribute in the form of 15,000 RDMs retention bonus.

RNE, a robber baron.
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Old Dec 14, 14, 10:11 am
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Since I make 1K every year, the FEQMs are essentially useless to me. So still trying to decide do I keep the card, get the regular United Club card from Chase or just get my Club membership directly and abandon the credit card. I still have the UA Signature Card from Chase which, for now, still gets me 10,000 PQMs every year and the Choices program. Thoughts?
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Old Dec 15, 14, 12:58 am
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Originally Posted by Xyzzy
I'm a lifetime member. The fee I pay for this card is $100. I'm nt sure when or whether it was slightly lower.
Chase executives have told me, and now put in writing that this reduction does not exist. Does anyone know where it is/was documented?
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