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[Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs/PQSs in 2018 for Elite Status in 2019"

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Previous years' thread -- [Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs/PQSs in 2017 for Elite Status in 2018
[Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs in 2016 for Elite Status in 2017
[Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs in 2015 for Elite Status in 2016
& [Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs in 2014 for Elite Status in 2015

PQDs are mostly earned by flying, but not all elites are subject to PQD requirements. PQDs can also be earned by Economy Plus purchases (by flight or subscription), although for anyone seeking to qualify for Gold or above an annual plan (min. $499) gets you nothing. There is no way to "pay" UA to fulfill PQD requirement in the qualifying year. There may be a status buy-up in January of the next year -- not cheap and does not come in small increments,
Non-USA registered MP members are exempt from PQD requirements.
Others can be exempt from PQDs up to the Premier Platinum level by having a Chase PresidentalPlus credit card {not open to new members} or by annually spending $25,000 or more as a primary MP branded Chase credit cardholder.
PQMs can be earned by flying UA or various flight partners and by various bonuses related to flying (class or service, promos, ...)
PQMs can be purchased by Premier Accelerator purchases.
Consolidated Award / Premier Accelerator questions
United Airlines Award/Premier Accelerator Rates [2018]
Certain legacy (not available to new customers) Chase MP credit cards earn PQMs or FPQMs

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Will UA Grant 2019 Elite Status if I am XXX PQM/PQS/{PQD} Short of Qualifying in 2018?
and previously - Will UA Grant 2017 Elite Status if I am XXX PQM/PQS/{PQD} Short of Qualifying in 2016?

Is it worth it to stretch for 1K (over Plat)? [2018 Consolidated]
Is it worth it to stretch for Plat (over Gold)? [2018 Consolidated]
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2018 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2017)
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Old Aug 6, 18, 7:41 pm
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[Consolidated] "I need XXX UA PQD's/PQMs/PQSs in 2018 for Elite Status in 2019"

I'm currently on my way to gold status, at 48k miles of the 40k but i'm only at $4,200 of the $6,000 I need. Since i travel for work but our system generally books the lower fair is there any tips on how to get more PQD?

A few things i already found and looked into was getting the Explorer card, but it does say you need to spend $25k annual to waive the PQD, which I wouldn't want to spend by end of the year. Buying the accelerators seems really expensive as they are usually well over $1,000 when I look. I figure i might as well take trips in that case.

Is there any hot tips like which class fare is the best to purchase for the best value of getting PQD ?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 6, 18, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by icyx View Post
our system generally books the lower fair is there any tips on how to get more PQD?
If you're always buying the lowest fare, the only option is to buy more of them.
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Old Aug 6, 18, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by icyx View Post
A few things i already found and looked into was getting the Explorer card, but it does say you need to spend $25k annual to waive the PQD, which I wouldn't want to spend by end of the year. Buying the accelerators seems really expensive as they are usually well over $1,000 when I look. I figure i might as well take trips in that case.
More importantly, the accelerator purchases don't qualify as PQD.

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Is there any hot tips like which class fare is the best to purchase for the best value of getting PQD ?
Well, sure; the best fare for getting PQD is a one-way, non-stop flight, operated by UA, from a coastal airport to an international airport with low arrival taxes. (The US flight segment tax only applies when you're in US airspace; it's prorated on international flights; flights operated by partner airlines only earn PQD if ticketed on a United ticket).

However, there are no useful tips. PQD is "the amount you spent to fly UA, or to fly partner airlines on United-operated tickets, not counting taxes." The only way to get to $6,000 is to spend $6,000.

Your other alternatives are to register a foreign address, if you have one (they'll require verification), or to spend $25,000 on the United Explorer card, as you mentioned.
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Old Aug 6, 18, 8:17 pm
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Can you just upfare a couple of them into P/Z/F on your own nickel? That should put you over, and you'll ride up front :-)
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Old Aug 6, 18, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Goaliedad30 View Post
Can you just upfare a couple of them into P/Z/F on your own nickel? That should put you over, and you'll ride up front :-)
If you choose to do that, make sure that you call -- don't try to do it online. Upgrades purchased from the "manage reservation" screen, immediately after booking, or during the check-in process will not accrue PQD. If you call, and tell them you want to "up-fare" to the lowest available business class fare, the extra spending will translate to extra PQDs. The cost should be the current business class fare minus the amount that you already paid.
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Old Aug 6, 18, 8:34 pm
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Doesn't purchasing Economy+ earn PQD?
If the OP doesn't have status, this could boost PQD a bit on each of his/her remaining flights. Certainly probably wouldn't help for $1800, but for $100-200 here and there, def might!
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Old Aug 6, 18, 8:40 pm
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Doesn't purchasing Economy+ earn PQD?
Yes.

OP should have Silver status, based on the numbers posted.

Note that both of these suggestions -- buy-up to first and buy-up to E+ -- are simply other ways to say "spend $6,000." There's no magic bullet -- although the E+ purchases may actually be the most efficient, since I don't believe E+ revenue is subject to the tax and therefore contributes 100% to PQD. (I may be wrong, though; I've been Gold or higher since the institution of PQD, so I've never paid for it).
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Old Aug 6, 18, 9:37 pm
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Thanks for the info on how to upfare and choosing P/Z/F, i'm sure over the phone i could just tell the agent that's what i am after and they could tell me the difference in prices and how many PQD i'll get. After digging some more i found that i can see what i will get for PQM/PQD with my upcoming flights. Well at least most of them, for some reason i can't see the next flight but it should give me a few hundred i hope. Which will put me semi on track to take a handful more flights and i should be golden. I got a trip coming up in Nov that is international and it says I'm getting 500PQD on that, so that should help as well

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Old Aug 6, 18, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by icyx View Post
Thanks for the info on how to upfare and choosing P/Z/F, i'm sure over the phone i could just tell the agent that's what i am after and they could tell me the difference in prices and how many PQD i'll get. After digging some more i found that i can see what i will get for PQM/PQD with my upcoming flights. Well at least most of them, for some reason i can't see the next flight but it should give me a few hundred i hope. Which will put me semi on track to take a handful more flights and i should be golden. I got a trip coming up in Nov that is international and it says I'm getting 500PQD on that, so that should help as well
While the mystatus.united.com "Future flights" tool is helpful, it's not without its flaws. You may find it helpful to start your own spreadsheet and log all of your travel manually. This can be especially helpful for planning and forecasting future travel to know where you're going to land (without actually booking the ticket). I have a relatively crude but helpful Google Sheet that I'd be happy to share. (PM me if you're interested and I'll send a copy.)
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Old Aug 7, 18, 3:02 pm
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Get and use a rewards CC that waives the PQD requirement. I usually hit the miles but not the PQD requirements. My MileagePlus Visa has waived the PQD requirement for a few years now.
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Old Aug 7, 18, 9:11 pm
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MP CC waive PQD requirement for US residents up to Platinum. Otherwise, more tickets if lowest fares are your case.
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Old Aug 8, 18, 8:58 pm
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the CC says it requires 25k spending per year to waive the PQD, but we're already in August. I wouldn't hit 25k spending and from another post, they won't waive it just you have the card.
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Old Aug 8, 18, 10:11 pm
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the CC says it requires 25k spending per year to waive the PQD, but we're already in August. I wouldn't hit 25k spending and from another post, they won't waive it just you have the card.
  • Prepay all of your utilities bills, cell phone etc
  • Purchase lots of gift cards you will use yourself or gift
  • Simply buy up your airfare
  • Purchse your next year airfare this year
Simply put, there is no easy solution.
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Old Aug 8, 18, 10:50 pm
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Purchase your next year airfare this year
To be clear, this can help achieve $25,000 in spending and the PQD waiver. It will not generate any extra PQDs. PQDs, like PQMs, are earned when the flight is flown, not when it's purchased.
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Old Aug 8, 18, 11:52 pm
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Originally Posted by icyx View Post
the CC says it requires 25k spending per year to waive the PQD, but we're already in August. I wouldn't hit 25k spending and from another post, they won't waive it just you have the card.
I would not totally rule this option out. One of the things that you can do is pre-pay your taxes... use a service like Pay1040. Figure out how much spending you'll have for the year naturally on the card, and then pay the rest as taxes. You'll pay about 2%, but you'll get anything you overpay back as a tax refund next year. Alternately, buy gift cards for stores you'll shop from next year anyway (e.g. Amazon). Or, use a service like Plastiq to pay bills you usually pay via check. Again, you'll pay a couple percent, but if you need, say $1000PQD, spending $625 ( $25K * 2.5% ) and getting the waiver is better than paying United $1000 for flights you don't need ( and then having to take the time to fly them ).
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