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New Premier Qualification Requirements for 2020: Only Spend or Spend + Flight Sectors

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tl;dr - PQMs/PQDs/PQS going away, replaced with PQPs. $1 = 1 PQP. See chart below for thresholds:
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New Status Measures
Premier Qualifying Points (PQP): Basically the same as PQD. Everything that was a PQD continues to count, plus:



  • Copay component of miles+copay upgrades
  • Paid upgrades (TOD or "sticker-type")
  • Travel on partner airlines on partner stock (awarded as a fraction of the distance, similar to DL)

Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF): Same as BIS segments (no class of service bonus) except Basic Economy and award tickets don't count.


PQP Earning on Partners
You can now earn PQP on non-016 tickets when flying eligible partners.

"Preferred" Partners (mostly JV partners): 1/5 of the RDM earned, excluding status bonuses (but including fare class) on AC AD AV CA CM EW LH LX NH NZ OS SN.
Others: 1/6 of the RDM earned, excluding status bonuses (but including fare class) on other airlines with MP earnings available.

Note: Because all partners earn RDM by distance when not on an 016-ticket, this effectively awards PQP by distance, from 40% in many JV First and Business cabins to 5% in things like LX K.

Preferred partners:

  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Eurowings
  • Lufthansa
  • SWISS International Airlines
MileagePlus partners:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Air India
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Edelweiss
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Juneyao Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • SAS
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Turkish Airlines

Bulk Tickets
Per UA Insider in this post: Yes you will now earn PQP on bulk tickets but not necessarily for the cash value since the price of the ticket is opaque. Bulk tickets will be equal to the award miles you earn for the ticket (excluding Premier bonus miles, if any) divided by 5.

Foreign Addresses
The PQD waiver for foreign MP addresses will no longer apply beginning in 2020.


Credit Card Holders
The PQD waivers and PQM earnings from all Chase cards are ending. Instead, Chase cards allow you to earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 of eligible spend, but only up to the following limits:

1,000 PQP / $24,000: MP Explorer, MP Club, MP Awards, and MP cards, plus their business equivalents (bonus PQP do not count for 1K)
3,000 PQP / $72,000: MP Select and MP Platinum cards
10,000 PQP / $240,000: Presidential Plus and PP Business cards

Existing Flexible PQM (FPQM) on eligible cards will become FPQP at a 5:1 ratio on 01-Apr-20 and will only be applicable through Platinum status.

Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
United is updating the way MileagePlus members qualify for Premier status in 2020 for the 2021 program year. We recognized that distance was not the best way for us to measure customer loyalty, which is why we are introducing a new qualification structure to better deliver Premier benefits to our most valued customers. In 2020, members will only need to account for two factors to earn status: number of flights taken (Premier Qualifying Flights) and value of tickets purchased (Premier Qualifying Points).

Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF): every flight, a takeoff and landing, will count as a PQF except Basic Economy and tickets booked using miles.

Premier Qualifying Points (PQP): 1 PQP = 1 U.S. dollar spent. You will earn PQPs on the base fare of your ticket (no taxes and fees), Economy Plus and Preferred seat purchases, and now on paid upgrades, MileagePlus upgrade award co-pays and credit for Star Alliance partner flights not ticketed or operated by United.

Qualification requirements for 2020
Here’s how members will qualify for each Premier status level starting January 1, 2020 for status in the 2021 program year:



United Cardmembers who are eligible for a PQD waiver, PQM, or Flexible PQM (FPQM) based on annual card spend will be offered new ways to earn Premier qualifying points (PQP) based on annual card spend. The ability to earn a PQD waiver, PQM, or FPQM on these cards will end on December 31, 2019.

Learn more: https://mileageplusupdates.com/milea...qualification/
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:19 am
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Actually this might be better for my travel plans... Lufthansa premium economy earns at 150% plus the 1K bonus.

sample sfo to fra to Del is close to 11000 x 2 x 1.5 x 2 = 66000 / 5 = 13,200 pqp which is already halfway to 1K. Of course 4 united segments is easy.

or is this wishful thinking the award miles only on actual distance and not the actual award miles awarded with bonuses.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:20 am
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Basically, United prefers those who only travel once a year, with 4 UA segment but spending 25,000 USD on tickets ..

Then, only ONE-TRIP, they will be 1K member... The top FREQUENT-FLYER member?
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by myperks View Post
Actually this might be better for my travel plans... Lufthansa premium economy earns at 150% plus the 1K bonus.

sample sfo to fra to Del is close to 11000 x 2 x 1.5 x 2 = 66000 / 5 = 13,200 pqp which is already halfway to 1K. Of course 4 united segments is easy.

or is this wishful thinking the award miles only on actual distance and not the actual award miles awarded with bonuses.
elite bonuses won’t count for PQP earnings
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by myperks View Post
Actually this might be better for my travel plans... Lufthansa premium economy earns at 150% plus the 1K bonus.

sample sfo to fra to Del is close to 11000 x 2 x 1.5 x 2 = 66000 / 5 = 13,200 pqp which is already halfway to 1K. Of course 4 united segments is easy.

or is this wishful thinking the award miles only on actual distance and not the actual award miles awarded with bonuses.
Bonuses don't count.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:23 am
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Where does one start with all these changes and new calculations required?



International MP members: While we no longer waive the spend requirement for members with international addresses, we have expanded the ability to earn spend credit for these members, which makes qualification consistent for all of our members.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by thinthin View Post
Basically, United prefers those who only travel once a year, with 4 UA segment but spending 25,000 USD on tickets ..

Then, only ONE-TRIP, they will be 1K member... The top FREQUENT-FLYER member?
I wonder what the new GS qualification would be

Also, currently passplus flex individual is $50k for GS. $45k for 1k, so technically they should make changes to improve passplus
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:28 am
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I think the "24 segments plus $10K" for Gold status might not be correct in the OP. As $10K in spend alone qualifies for Gold status. Maybe it should be 24 segments and $8K in spend to align with the Silver and Platinum threasholds? Which is $333 per segment, and somewhat insane.

I'm now just mileage running to cross over the 1MM threshold and achieve Gold status that way. I only have to spend about $5K more in tickets (and that's including the taxes). And which wouldn't even earn me one year of Silver status in this new scheme. I think if I were just starting my FF career, I would just purchase that annual Economy Plus offer and not even make an effort for elite status.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by Fanjet View Post
I think the "24 segments plus $10K" for Gold status might not be correct in the OP. As $10K in spend alone qualifies for Gold status. Maybe it should be 24 segments and $8K in spend to align with the Silver and Platinum threasholds? Which is $333 per segment, and somewhat insane.

I'm now just mileage running to cross over the 1MM threshold and achieve Gold status that way. I only have to spend about $5K more in tickets (and that's including the taxes). And which would even earn me 1 year of Silver status in this new scheme. I think if I were just starting my FF career, I would just purchase that annual Economy Plus offer.
The UA link posted above states “24 PQF and 8,000 PQP” for Gold.

I’ve got about 300K until 1MM and thought it would be fairly easy to reach it. Now, not so much.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:31 am
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Looks like million miler status has become more valuable..
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:32 am
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Brutal after 8 years as a 1K I’m done.

raising the requirements in October is a slap in the face.

im taking my 100,000 miles a year to another airline....
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by Flying Machine View Post
Looks like million miler status has become more valuable..
I wish I could have gotten it this year and would have had I known this was coming, sucks to be so close but this is the last straw for me....
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:35 am
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I've read through the requirements twice, and it's still not clear to me how this all works. But what is clear is that UA has imposed a level of spend that far exceeds the benefits received in return.

I'm not even going to try for UA status next year.

When do they announce the devaluation of MM benefits?

Is the Million Miler program changing?


These changes do not impact the way you qualify for Million Miler status, which is based on the actual distance you fly.


Talk about nonresponsive. No commitment at all that they are not changing MM benefits.
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by myperks View Post
Actually this might be better for my travel plans... Lufthansa premium economy earns at 150% plus the 1K bonus.

sample sfo to fra to Del is close to 11000 x 2 x 1.5 x 2 = 66000 / 5 = 13,200 pqp which is already halfway to 1K. Of course 4 united segments is easy.

or is this wishful thinking the award miles only on actual distance and not the actual award miles awarded with bonuses.
Premier bonus doesn't count for PQP
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:36 am
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This part totally sucks. 20?!

"In 2020, after meeting requirements for 1K status, members can earn 20 additional PlusPoints for every 3,000 PQP thereafter."
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Old Oct 11, 19, 1:42 am
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This validates the push I made this year to reach 3MM. I knew changes were coming and wanted to lock in 1K for life before there was another “enhancement.” Whew!
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