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Will UA Grant 2020 EliteStatus if I am XXX PQM/PQS/PQD Short of Qualifying in 2019?

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Old Aug 13, 19, 11:13 am
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Will UA Grant 2020 EliteStatus if I am XXX PQM/PQS/PQD Short of Qualifying in 2019?

Does anyone know if UA will give out 1K if you spend enough but fall short on the PQM? I'm likely to hit over $30,000 in spend but will fall short of 100k miles. Any anecdotes of them awarding status based on PQDs only (aside from GS, of course)? Or is $30,000 not actually that much spend and they probably have lots of Platinums spending that much each year?

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Old Aug 13, 19, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by wenstinator View Post
Does anyone know if UA will give out 1K if you spend enough but fall short on the PQM? I'm likely to hit over $30,000 in spend but will fall short of 100k miles. Any anecdotes of them awarding status based on PQDs only (aside from GS, of course)? Or is $30,000 not actually that much spend and they probably have lots of Platinums spending that much each year?
Can't find specifics, but there have been many anecdotal instances of Gold being granted for 12,000+ PQD without the miles. Haven't heard as much for higher status. I would imagine that at double the PQD you are probably in a very small group and might get lucky.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 11:48 am
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Man. That must be some expensive short-hauls. (Assume long-haul flights are getting the OP major double PQMs).

OP - how close will you be? Consider an MR...
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Old Aug 13, 19, 12:17 pm
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OP - how close will you be? Consider an MR...
I agree. I wouldn't leave it to chance and hope for UA generosity.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by wenstinator View Post
Does anyone know if UA will give out 1K if you spend enough but fall short on the PQM? I'm likely to hit over $30,000 in spend but will fall short of 100k miles. Any anecdotes of them awarding status based on PQDs only (aside from GS, of course)? Or is $30,000 not actually that much spend and they probably have lots of Platinums spending that much each year?
I'd think $30k would get it pretty close to considering 1k. $50k and they will consider GS even without hitting 100k. Is it worth the risk? Not sure ... $40k I would say it's a no-brainer.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 8:56 pm
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Will be short $9.00 PQD

Do WiFi subscriptions count toward PQD? Economy Plus subscriptions?
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Old Aug 13, 19, 9:04 pm
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Do WiFi subscriptions count toward PQD? ...
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Economy Plus subscriptions?
Yes for the recipient, but Gold and higher elites can not purchase an E+ subscription for themselves.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 9:11 pm
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Thanks WineCountry
Ugh. The cheapest E+ subscription is $599. Not a viable option.
My current status is Silver. If I buy a E+ seat on one leg of travel, will that count toward PQD?
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Old Aug 13, 19, 9:13 pm
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Thanks WineCountry
Ugh. The cheapest E+ subscription is $599. Not a viable option.
My current status is Silver. If I buy a E+ seat on one leg of travel, will that count toward PQD?
Yes buying an E+ seat will count towards PQD
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Old Aug 13, 19, 9:15 pm
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Thanks. freeagent
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Old Aug 14, 19, 9:22 am
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I'd think $30k would get it pretty close to considering 1k. $50k and they will consider GS even without hitting 100k. Is it worth the risk? Not sure ... $40k I would say it's a no-brainer.
Thanks all. I'm just debating whether to keep putting more big spend on short domestic trips on United or start spreading it (i.e., Southwest flights are often more convenient for me in location and timing). I've debated an MR near end of year, but I'll probably be quite short of the 100k PQM marker, so it would need to be something like a Singapore or Australia run, which sounds brutal in economy!
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Old Aug 14, 19, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by wenstinator View Post
Does anyone know if UA will give out 1K if you spend enough but fall short on the PQM? I'm likely to hit over $30,000 in spend but will fall short of 100k miles. Any anecdotes of them awarding status based on PQDs only (aside from GS, of course)? Or is $30,000 not actually that much spend and they probably have lots of Platinums spending that much each year?
Frankly, I have a hard time thinking of how anyone can spend over $30K and fall short of 100K miles. What kind of travel are you doing, if I may ask?
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Old Aug 14, 19, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by wenstinator View Post
I've debated an MR near end of year, but I'll probably be quite short of the 100k PQM marker, so it would need to be something like a Singapore or Australia run, which sounds brutal in economy!
There's no rule that says a mileage run has to be in economy. Keep an eye on the Premium Fare Deals board, or just price something out and see how it looks. Keep in mind that you may get a PQM bonus for flying in PE or J also, so you might have more flexibility in your destination than you think.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 10:52 am
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That being said, if 1K won't get you upgrades on your regular travel and WN has a better schedule... indeed might be worth considering a switch.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 10:36 pm
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Frankly, I have a hard time thinking of how anyone can spend over $30K and fall short of 100K miles. What kind of travel are you doing, if I may ask?
More than half of that is two biz class flights to Europe, which only netted maybe 40K PQMs. Then a bunch of IAH-DFW and IAH-ORD type flights, often refundable fares (but usually M so no PQM multiplier). The cost of those starts to stack up
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