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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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Related thread - General Questions re: MileagePlus Flex PQM

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

Prior FlyerTalk thread on Presidential Plus card changes
Presidential Plus Card Changes

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

Old Apr 25, 15, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by bohaiboy
... 1) I thought I automatically got an upgrade to to Economy Plus without paying
The last time I looked at a booking they wanted $169 pp for intl flt ...
nope, never
If you had been traveling on the miles from an elite, that in the past gave free E+, but that is no longer true.

Originally Posted by bohaiboy
... 2) Does CPP still offer buy 1 biz class get one free and if so what booking class must that be made and how is the booking made? I see no provisions online. ....
yes but you must call in to book. The required fare is full fare business (J). You are likely to find, two discount business tickets are no more expensive,
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Old Apr 25, 15, 8:40 pm
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What should be the baggage allowance be for the Pres Plus card for a member with no status traveling on an award (XN) ticket? My confirmation only shows one bag free, and I did pay the taxes using my PP card.

If it is indeed two bags, does this need to be corrected in advance, or will they waive it at the check in desk?
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Old Apr 26, 15, 8:17 am
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My latest confirmation shows 2 free checked bags. However, I'm a silver, and that may factor into it.
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Old Apr 26, 15, 9:03 am
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But was it an award ticket, Mary? My reservations always say 2 free checked bags on a revenue ticket.
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Old Apr 26, 15, 9:36 am
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Yes it was.
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Old Apr 27, 15, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by WIRunner
Quite honestly, it isn't much of a loss. You can status match to National, and have a fairly equivalent programme to use there. ...
FYI - the PP card is a World Elite MasterCard ... and thus one gets National status as a World Elite benefit. They used to offer this with Avis but MasterCard seems to have switched its benefits away from Avis as well. Details here. (MasterCard is currently having IT issues linking the t the National program but they promise it should all be up in a few days.)
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Old Apr 27, 15, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Xyzzy
FYI - the PP card is a World Elite MasterCard ... and thus one gets National status as a World Elite benefit. They used to offer this with Avis but MasterCard seems to have switched its benefits away from Avis as well. Details here. (MasterCard is currently having IT issues linking the t the National program but they promise it should all be up in a few days.)
So it would be faster to just status match.
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Old Apr 30, 15, 9:57 am
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Chipped Enabled (EMV) for UA Pres Plus MasterCard

Airport PR folks had said this week that the Chase United cards have started issuing them with the EMV chip. So called Chase and phone rep said that the Pres Plus MasterCard (compared to the other Visa UA Club cards) has not yet transitioned to chip and will be doing so later on in the year. Can anyone confirm this same experience? Thanks.
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Old Apr 30, 15, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by lw2b
Airport PR folks had said this week that the Chase United cards have started issuing them with the EMV chip. So called Chase and phone rep said that the Pres Plus MasterCard (compared to the other Visa UA Club cards) has not yet transitioned to chip and will be doing so later on in the year. Can anyone confirm this same experience? Thanks.
on going discussion@ http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-presplus.html
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Old May 4, 15, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by lw2b
Airport PR folks had said this week that the Chase United cards have started issuing them with the EMV chip. So called Chase and phone rep said that the Pres Plus MasterCard (compared to the other Visa UA Club cards) has not yet transitioned to chip and will be doing so later on in the year. Can anyone confirm this same experience? Thanks.
Just got my renewal card a few days ago, no chip.
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Old May 4, 15, 12:35 pm
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Do any Chase MCs have a chip?
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Old May 4, 15, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by ctownflyer
Do any Chase MCs have a chip?
none reported with MP branding

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-presplus.html
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Old May 4, 15, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
AFAIK, no Chase MCs have chips.
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Old May 4, 15, 5:28 pm
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I called a few weeks back after getting my renewal card without at chip and was similarly advised that an EMV PP card would be issued later in 2015.
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Old May 5, 15, 6:14 am
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Originally Posted by ctownflyer
AFAIK, no Chase MCs have chips.
Believe my parents have a Freedom card from Chase that's MC with chip
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