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sister-in-law flies 1 TPAC roundtrip every month, after 108k PQM, still only a Silver

sister-in-law flies 1 TPAC roundtrip every month, after 108k PQM, still only a Silver

Old Sep 21, 17, 1:13 pm
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sister-in-law flies 1 TPAC roundtrip every month, after 108k PQM, still only a Silver

My sister-in-law flies one TPAC roundtrip on UA every month. She just returned from her 8th roundtrip a week ago. She showed me her UA account online and it showed just over 108,000 PQM for 2017. Last year, she did about 120,000 PQM, but only got Silver. She is still a Silver now and probably still be a Silver for 2018. The problem is that her company just buys whatever the lowest fare available on UA at time of reservation. The PQD for 2017 is only $4270.

I, on the other hand, have Gold status with just a little over $1200 PQD and 50K+ PQM, because I use my home address in a foreign country.(where I spend about 5 months per year and have bank/utilities/credit card accounts and national health insurance)

Here's my question... what if I let her use my foreign home address as her UA account address? Since I own the house, I can just "lease" her a room and give paperwork to show for it.(she does spend a few days in that house if she happens to be in that city) Or better yet, I don't mind selling 1/2 of the house to my brother so he and my sister-in-law become co-owners.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:15 pm
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8 TPAC flights for a total of $4270???
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:18 pm
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Is she ticketing outside of 016 stock but flying partners? Could explain the low PQD figure.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by malgudi View Post
8 TPAC flights for a total of $4270???
This caught me, too. Average TPAC RT prices at least $1000 if not more. It is amazing that she is able to get an average of $533.75!
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:22 pm
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I've seen these questions asked on numerous threads, especially lately.

My question would be, does UA even care? Because if they did, there would be other requirements of proof of residence, the same as drivers license, and vehicle registration, as to which state one is a resident.

Tax returns, would be another way of find out where a persons primary residence it located.

I frankly don't really care who gets 1K w/o paying the big bucks.

Just askin', if one can decide where they want to call home in order to qualify on the cheap?
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by MrWilliamston View Post
Or better yet, I don't mind selling 1/2 of the house to my brother so he and my sister-in-law become co-owners.
Sell or buy half a house to get UA Gold status?
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Two Bee View Post
.... there would be other requirements of proof of residence, the same as drivers license, and vehicle registration, as to which state one is a resident.

Tax returns, would be another way of find out where a persons primary residence it located....
All of which is legally protected confidential information which neither United, nor any other business is entitled to receive a copy of outside of very specific circumstances, such as applying for a mortgage where the requesting company has regulations, policies and procedures to request, review, protect and safely dispose of that information.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:39 pm
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Isn't there a more optimal way to ticket, fly, and credit the miles when you're buying deep-discount Y?

Gotta be something more optimal than UA Silver!!
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Old Sep 21, 17, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by abaheti View Post
Sell or buy half a house to get UA Gold status?
$1... I trust my brother and sister-in-law with my life. (way more than I trust my own parents or kids)
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:15 pm
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West Coast-> China runs about $550 round trip these days. 8 round trip * $500 = ~$4k which makes sense.

She's better off crediting the flights to other airlines and earn miles based on distance than cash price.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:29 pm
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Sounds like your sister-in-law could of got *G with SQ already. With *G from an international carrier she can have access to all UA clubs even on domestic itineraries (nothing to write home about, but its "free"). Additionally, depending on where she is going in Asia she can just fly SQ.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:30 pm
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more surprised i am that she still has her sanity than that she has only UA silver status, after that many hours in UA Y on a monthly/yearly basis
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by malgudi View Post
8 TPAC flights for a total of $4270???
I've watch ORD-PEK often at the $500-$600 range so i could believe it.


She could get the UA MPE card, spend 25K and at least get Plat. At least she could use the lounges and get a domestic upgrade every now and then.

Depends what she is looking for out of status. GPUs I presume?
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:41 pm
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Is a Chase MP credit card waiver an option? $25K annual spend waives PQD for Plat and below.

As for the non-USA residency approach, it takes more than a lease.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by eng3 View Post
I've watch ORD-PEK often at the $500-$600 range so i could believe it.

She could get the UA MPE card, spend 25K and at least get Plat. At least she could use the lounges and get a domestic upgrade every now and then.

Depends what she is looking for out of status. GPUs I presume?
Unless her company is buying W or higher, GPUs are not gonna work.

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