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Old Mar 27, 18, 8:14 pm
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need 30k quick PQMs

Hey flyer talk community. Can you help? I was graciously granted a status match by UA (from AA) and I need to score 35K PQMs over the next few months. I don't believe my work travels won't get me all the way there, does the community have any ideas for how to score PQMs as cost effectively as possible? 25K or more? ideally out of DEN for a departure point? THANK YOU for your advice! I really appreciate it.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 8:17 pm
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Check out the MR forum or play with Google flights.

flights to sin, pek, etc can be found pretty cheap, even if you need to position out of sfo, lax, ewr, etc.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 8:18 pm
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You might want to ask this question in the Mileage Run sub-forum. They can give you all kinds of crazy ideas on routes to take.
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need 30k quick PQMs .... I was graciously granted a status match by UA (from AA) and I need to score 35K PQMs over the next few months. I don't believe my work travels won't get me all the way there, does the community have any ideas for how to score PQMs as cost effectively as possible? 25K or more? ....
If you don't mind, why did you take on a challenge when you have so little planned travel? You will not be able to try again for another 5 years,
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Old Mar 27, 18, 9:25 pm
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A round-trip to Singapore can net you around 20K for US$500, as long as you're OK with the misery of back-to-back ultra-long-hauls in economy.
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Fly to RT Melbourne or Sydney in Business Class. Nice flights. Beautiful destinations.
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Originally Posted by gcm4795 View Post
Hey flyer talk community. Can you help? I was graciously granted a status match by UA (from AA) and I need to score 35K PQMs over the next few months. I don't believe my work travels won't get me all the way there, does the community have any ideas for how to score PQMs as cost effectively as possible? 25K or more? ideally out of DEN for a departure point? THANK YOU for your advice! I really appreciate it.
are you looking for the cheapest way, or the quickest way?

Quickest would be business class to almost anywhere in Europe or Asia (double check your mileage earnings with partner airlines before booking the ticket if you arenít on UA metal)

cheapest out of DEN seems to be 2x trips to China. Air Canada has flights to PVG and PEK for around $500 over the next month or so. You would also need a Chinese visa.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
If you don't mind, why did you take on a challenge when you have so little planned travel? You will not be able to try again for another 5 years,
+1. When I did my status match to UA Platinum I knew I had two work trips planned to Asia during that period.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 8:33 am
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+1. When I did my status match to UA Platinum I knew I had two work trips planned to Asia during that period.
OOPS, thought StuckinITH was the OP.
You were matched to Platinum, so according to the Wiki the threshold you need to hit is 18,000 PQM's, 2 asian RT's from SFO should have you easily at 20,000 PQM's

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Perhaps I'm missing something, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me to manufacture 30k PQM to meet a 35k challenge . . . if you can't come close to meeting a challenge organically, you're not likely to benefit from the status.

The easy way to do this would be a single round trip ultra long haul business class, e.g., SFO-SIN, EWR-HKG, or a long connecting itinerary in J (over 7500 miles each way). If you intend to fly Y, it's going to take at least two of those.
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Fly to RT Melbourne or Sydney in Business Class
If OP (and myself for that matter) can/could afford this OP probably wouldn't be seeking to get to Gold in the first place.
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Originally Posted by jhayes_1780 View Post
2 asian RT's from SFO should have you easily at 20,000 PQM's
SFO-SIN-SFO is close to 17K by itself (more depending on routing). If you can route SFO-HKG through SIN, you'd get over 20K on that one trip.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by jhayes_1780 View Post
You were matched to Platinum, so according to the Wiki the threshold you need to hit is 18,000 PQM's, 2 asian RT's from SFO should have you easily at 20,000 PQM's

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You are right, but when I did request the status match/challenge I was BA Gold which is equivalent to One World Emerald which is equivalent to AA Executive Platinum. So, I was hoping that I would get an offer for UA 1K as other people seemed to get. And the OP got it too. Obviously, I was not so lucky..... By my accounting, as I was shooting for 1K, I needed to know that I had those two planned trips to Asia before applying for the status match/challenge. So, a trip to PEK in Business gave me 27816 PQM, short of the 35000. And a trip to PVG in Economy gave me 16112 PQM.

What I was trying to say is that I would not have started the status match/ challenge process if I did not have the flights lined up to meet the requirement.

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Old Mar 28, 18, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
SFO-SIN-SFO is close to 17K by itself (more depending on routing). If you can route SFO-HKG through SIN, you'd get over 20K on that one trip.
Does UA fly HKG-SIN? I vaguely remember a restriction for status matches that state that only UA metal counts.


Edit: Found it on the status match website:

"8. Valid on flights operated by United and United Express. Not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Flights must be posted to the MileagePlus account in order to qualify. MileagePlus award travel does not qualify for this offer. Basic Economy tickets do not qualify for this offer. Class-of-service bonus Premier qualifying miles (PQM) and Premier qualifying segments (PQS) will count toward this offer; however, other bonus PQM/PQS, promotional PQM/PQS, and/or credit card PQM do not count toward this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice."

Although it is vaguely worded, one could also take this to mean that Premier benefits are only valid on UA/UA express during the match period.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 10:04 am
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Originally Posted by david_oz View Post
Cheapest out of DEN seems to be 2x trips to China. Air Canada has flights to PVG and PEK for around $500 over the next month or so. You would also need a Chinese visa.
Challenge PQMs must be on UA/UX operated flights
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