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Earn more PQMs for premium cabin travel starting in 2016

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Hi everyone,

Starting January 1, 2016, you’ll earn more Premier qualifying miles (PQMs) for full-fare and discounted First or Business – up to double the current rate. The higher PQM rates go into effect for flights starting January 1, 2016 regardless of booking date.

New 2016 PQM Earning for United and United Express:

Full-fare First or Business (F, J): 300% (Currently 150%)
Discounted First or Business (A, C, D, Z, P): 200% (Currently 150%)
Full-fare Economy (Y, B): 150% (No Change)
Discounted Economy (M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N): 100% (No Change)

Please check back shortly for full details regarding this change at mileageplusupdates.com. In addition to United and United Express operated flights, PQM earnings for select Star Alliance partners are also increasing.

Thank you,

-UA Insider
Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
This change does not impact PQS.

UA Insider
Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
Hi everyone. For clarification, there are no changes to the PQD credit card waiver.

-UA Insider
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:01 pm
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Earn more PQMs for premium cabin travel starting in 2016

Hi everyone,

Starting January 1, 2016, you’ll earn more Premier qualifying miles (PQMs) for full-fare and discounted First or Business – up to double the current rate. The higher PQM rates go into effect for flights starting January 1, 2016 regardless of booking date.

New 2016 PQM Earning for United and United Express:

Full-fare First or Business (F, J): 300% (Currently 150%)
Discounted First or Business (A, C, D, Z, P): 200% (Currently 150%)
Full-fare Economy (Y, B): 150% (No Change)
Discounted Economy (M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N): 100% (No Change)

Please check back shortly for full details regarding this change at mileageplusupdates.com. In addition to United and United Express operated flights, PQM earnings for select Star Alliance partners are also increasing.

Thank you,

-UA Insider
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:07 pm
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PQS?

Curious if there's a concurrent change to PQS as well?
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:14 pm
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This change does not impact PQS.

UA Insider

Originally Posted by wt_fresca View Post
Curious if there's a concurrent change to PQS as well?
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:17 pm
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I like this.. especially if no change to MP qualifications for CY16. ^
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:23 pm
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I give it a meh. I do purchase P fare now since my upgrades rarely clear because of TODs, but I am never short of PQMs.
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:24 pm
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Love this....so long as UP fares continue receiving premium treatment.
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:32 pm
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The flyers who benefit from this are those who usually travel on OPM. From IAH, a F-buying passenger now can get to 1K with only two TATL and one domestic trip. Fly three times a year and be 1K . Just about every professional staff member working international at the company I retired from will be a 1K. This will definitely bloat the upper tiers of M+ with those looking to use RPUs/GPUs on vacations. CPUs will be even rarer for lower tiers.

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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:34 pm
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Love it, with CPUs and even RPUs rarely clearing, I have been buying discounted domestic F at very reasonable prices, this is great!
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:36 pm
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Thanks for including current earning so one can immediately compare the two.
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:36 pm
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This is excellent. Good job UA!
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:43 pm
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Woot woot!

Based on my planned travel in 2016, I might just need to take a small 'dollar run' at the end of next year, as I'll be making out with several P and A fares throughout the year. If I can get away with a quick R/T to ORD at full Y next December to make 1K, I'll be happy!
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:44 pm
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I for one am pleased with this change, though it will impact my MM timeframe (as it means I'll fly less BIS overall given I'll be earning more PQM for them!).

I have flown a ton this year in P, Z, A, C, and even a couple of times F fares, and a few times in Y/B. I think I'd have earned at least 2x more RPUs had this scheme been in effect this year (I'd have to consult my spreadsheet, but another 50%-150% bonus would not be insignificant on all those paid first transcons and midcons).


Originally Posted by Pat89339 View Post
I give it a meh. I do purchase P fare now since my upgrades rarely clear because of TODs, but I am never short of PQMs.
It would make it easier for me to decide whether or not to fly the "long" way or to farther destinations on my 100% discretionary travel... e.g. I'd take the DEN connection to/from SNA instead of the SFO one, saving myself hours of travel time round-trip. Or I'd fly to LAX nonstop instead of connecting to SNA, given I don't need to keep an eye on my PQM as much as I do right now.

I'll finish the year at about 105k PQM and $13.5k PQD, FWIW.
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Old Dec 16, 15, 1:47 pm
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Great change!

PQD's are easy, but PQM's are always a little tougher for those of us who have all domestic travel. As I'm sure is intended by the change, this will probably get me to buy up to F occasionally, for the extra 50% PQM.

Too bad I have a TATL flight in P on 12/28 though...
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Old Dec 16, 15, 2:02 pm
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With the increase in accruing PQM's via premium fares will the PQM req's for each status level increase as well?? ie Plat =100k; 1K=125k etc. etc.
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Old Dec 16, 15, 2:03 pm
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I suppose this change encourages the type of buying behavior UA really wants to see - people buying up to F and other higher fare classes instead of el-cheapo economy.

I don't see myself benefitting from this anytime soon as my company's expense policy explicitly denies any class other than lowest fare economy - even for long haul international. I know there are many other companies with this same requirement.

This will mostly benefit the upper-crust and executive manager levels flying on OPM who are allowed to buy higher fares or wealthy leisure travelers willing to shell out the extra bucks.

I love how a person can be a top-tier "frequent" flyer elite with all of 3 TATL round trips in F while the domestic segment warrior who flies weekly (mostly on RJs) still has to stuggle to get 120 PQS.
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