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Earning Status (PQP) on non-016 Tickets and Partner Metal

Old Oct 20, 2019, 6:42 pm
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Partner ticket PQP calculator
Partner Earning

Beginning in 2020, if you fly a partner airline (not UA metal) and your ticket is on the stock of another airline (not 016 ticket), you will earn PQP as a fraction of the distance flown. That fraction is determined by your fare class, and can be found in the tables below.
The way to derive this fraction is to go to the United earnings page for your airline and determine the RDM (not PQM) earning rate for your fare class. Then divide this number by 5 for "preferred partners" and 6 otherwise.
If the fare class of a non-016 *A partner flight allows RDM earnings (and therefore PQDs), the flight also earns Premier Qualifying Flight (PQF) credit.

Preferred Partner Airlines: AC AD AV CA CM EN EW LH LX NH NZ OS SN VA WK
Other Partner Airlines (status earning): A3 AI BR ET HO LO MS OA OU OZ SA SK SQ TG TK TP ZH
Other Partner Airlines (NO Premier credit): 3M 4B 9K EI HA UK VW

Note that for the third category you will earn RDM but no PQP, regardless of ticket stock (this is no change from before when you would not earn PQM).

For flights on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum Premier qualifying points that can be earned per flight {segment} on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines are as follows:

MileagePlus members who purchased tickets on eligible partners prior to these new rules may submit receipts showing tickets were issued prior to April 29, 2020, to [email protected] with the subject line "OA PQP Review" to be considered for PQP earning under the prior rules. Receipts should not be submitted until after travel is completed for flights on or after July 1, 2020.
UA Capping PQP Earn with Partners (update -- per flight segment)

Frequently Asked Questions
What if I fly a United-operated segment on a non-United ticket? You will earn PQP equal to the portion of the fare assignable to that segment. This information is transmitted from the ticketing carrier to United, and will be a somewhat arbitrary number between 0 and the full value of the fare component which includes that segment**. (This is the same as earning PQD on such a segment today.)

**Many reports of this not working even this well, and the potential number being outside this range.

What about codeshare segments? As before, codeshares do not matter. Only the operating carrier (metal) of each segment and the stock of the ticket determine your earnings.

How do I get a non-016 ticket? Any ticket purchased directly from another airline will be a partner-issued ticket, even if it has United segments. (Any ticket purchased from United will be an 016 ticket, even if it has no United segments.) Tickets purchased from an agency will usually have a stock of the marketing carrier of the most significant segment ("first long segment" usually).

What's the trick here? Because PQP are earned as a fraction of the distance flown, flying long distances on low-priced fares can earn more PQP than dollars spent. For any given journey, you should consider where you are earning a favorable ratio of PQP to dollars of at least 1.0 when ticketing this way, and consider ticketing with United if you are not.

What about BULK fares? Bulk fares will also earn PQP by distance, as noted in the table below. This is the only way to earn by distance on United metal.


Earnings Tables
Last updated in the image on 17-Nov-23.
To use: Determine the flight miles of your trip, then multiply by the applicable percentage based on the fare class of the ticket. That is your PQP for that segment. Example: 1000 mile flight on Air Canada booked in W fare code: PQP = 1000*.15=150).

Note that values >= 20% are rounded to the nearest 1%, and smaller values are rounded to the nearest 0.1%. If precise calculations are needed, you should always use the original source material (United website).

Star Alliance Airlines
Warning: It is strongly recommended that you consult the United earnings page for your airline and confirm the earning rate here, as they have been to known to change without notice and apply retroactively to tickets purchased before the change.
Note: There are special rules for AC branded Economy fares on 014 tickets.
GREEN background is a "preferred" partner.


Other Partner Airlines (not Star Alliance)
Warning: It is strongly recommended that you consult the United earnings page for your airline and confirm the earning rate here, as they have been to known to change without notice and apply retroactively to tickets purchased before the change.
GREEN background is a "preferred" partner.

Updated PQP calculator with new per-segment earning cap
Originally Posted by kevflyer
I created a updated version of the PQP calculator to handle the upcoming per segment PQP earning limits. It also calculates RDM:
https://pqp.economiles.com/


More Information on earning PQP and PQF
Earning PQP on flights ticketed and operated by a Star Alliance Partner
Members can also earn Premier qualifying points on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines. Your PQP will be equal to award miles earned divided by 5 if youíre flying on a preferred partner; for other MileagePlus partner airlines, it will be award miles earned divided by 6.

Please note award miles is your base award miles earning plus your fare class bonus award miles earning, if eligible. Premier bonus miles earned are not included within this calculation and are ineligible for Premier qualifying points accrual.

For Star Alliance airlines as well as Air Dolomiti, Azul, Eurowings, Edelweiss, and Olympic:

Preferred partner PQP: Award miles divided by 5

MileagePlus partner PQP: Award miles divided by 6

For example, if you earned 360 award miles for your flight, youíll receive 72 PQP if you flew with a preferred partner, and 60 PQP if you flew with a MileagePlus partner.

PQP Calculator with option to apply max PQP per flight:
https://pqp.economiles.com/

For flights on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum Premier qualifying points that can be earned per flight on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines are as follows:

MileagePlus members who purchased tickets on eligible partners prior to these new rules may submit receipts showing tickets were issued prior to April 29, 2020, to [email protected] with the subject line "OA PQP Review" to be considered for PQP earning under the prior rules. Receipts should not be submitted until after travel is completed for flights on or after July 1, 2020.


For more information on PQP accrual for a specific airline, visit our airline partner pages.

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Earning Status (PQP) on non-016 Tickets and Partner Metal

Old Aug 8, 2023, 9:36 pm
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Does the 500 mile minimum apply when calculating PQP for a BULK fare, 016 ticket, on United metal?
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Old Aug 9, 2023, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by bocasierra
Does the 500 mile minimum apply when calculating PQP for a BULK fare, 016 ticket, on United metal?
The 500 min only remains for LT miles.
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Old Aug 9, 2023, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by navatwal
I am looking to book on United from SFO to India with a desired one way stopover in Dubai.

I see favorable fares and PQP for flights on LH / Swiss to DXB which I am guessing are codeshares, does United do any codeshares to India or Asia whereby I can gain full PQP?

I am guessing that AI and SQ are ineligible.
See the wiki above (remember to click on "show more" in order to see the full table) - or read the first post of this thread. findark did a nice piece of work.

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Old Aug 12, 2023, 8:50 pm
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Hi, is this math accurate around Award/PQP earnings for an EVA Airways flight on D fare?

Route: KIX-TPE-SFO
Total for base fare and airline surcharges: $2100
Mileage Distance: 7,527 miles
Award Class D: 125% bonus
Total Award Miles: 9408
PQF: 2
PQP: 9408/6 = 1568
Max PQP per ticket = 1500

To confirm, the actual fare paid has no implication on PQP when booked direct with partner airlines?
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by bomberman92
To confirm, the actual fare paid has no implication on PQP when booked direct with partner airlines?
Correct.
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by bomberman92
Hi, is this math accurate around Award/PQP earnings for an EVA Airways flight on D fare?
No. The cap is applied per segment, not per ticket ó and itís 1000 for non-preferred partners in Business / First.

https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=KIX,TP...E,SFO,BR,D|SFO,,,

It will earn 1221 PQP.
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Old Aug 13, 2023, 12:01 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan
No. The cap is applied per segment, not per ticket ó and itís 1000 for non-preferred partners in Business / First.

https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=KIX,TP...E,SFO,BR,D|SFO,,,

It will earn 1221 PQP.
I see, super helpful thank you!
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Old Aug 18, 2023, 5:52 pm
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Technical Stop and PQP Cap

Considering a flight from PVG-EWR via. Ethiopian (ET) with a stop in Addis Ababa (ADD) and Lome (LFW). However, the ADD-LFW-EWR segment is the same flight number and I would not be getting off the plane in LFW. With the PQP calculator, found that I would earn 1500 PQP for the trip if ADD-LFW and LFW-EWR were counted in the trip, but only 1000 if they were counted as one. Has anyone had an experience with partner PQP on flights with technical stops/stops to pick up more passengers? Are the segments counted separately or is same flight number considered one segment? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by uaYoungFlyer2023
Considering a flight from PVG-EWR via. Ethiopian (ET) with a stop in Addis Ababa (ADD) and Lome (LFW). However, the ADD-LFW-EWR segment is the same flight number and I would not be getting off the plane in LFW. With the PQP calculator, found that I would earn 1500 PQP for the trip if ADD-LFW and LFW-EWR were counted in the trip, but only 1000 if they were counted as one. Has anyone had an experience with partner PQP on flights with technical stops/stops to pick up more passengers? Are the segments counted separately or is same flight number considered one segment? Thanks!
this credits as a through flight and will earn 1000 PQP max
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 6:51 am
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Question about definition of 'per flight' in UA's PQP limits. Does that mean per one-way routing? Or per flight leg?

Buying C fare Copa ASU-PTY-DEN ticket on Copa (UA preferred partner for PQP purpose - divide by 5 not 6)

ASU-PTY and PTY-DEN = 2 PQF
ASU - PTY distance = 2790 miles x 200% (c fare) = 5,580 RDM / 5 = 1,116 PQP
PTY - DEN distance = 2630 miles x 200% (c fare) = 5,260 RDM / 5 = 1,052 PQP

1,116 PQP + 1,052 PQP = 2,168 PQP

So, would I get 2,168 PQP because it's 2 PQF with <1,500 on each leg? Or would I get 1,500 total, because "per flight" means per itinerary and not per leg?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 7:12 am
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Per leg
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by Shaetan
Per leg
The only time I've seen it otherwise is when it's sold as the same flight number; Singapore's CPT-JNB-SIN for example. A friend battled with UA on that and managed to get the extra 1 PQP but they're typically unmoved.
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Ah man, looks like they changed CM booking class A from 50% to 25% starting August 1. That's a bummer

I know there were a number of recommendations to book CM flights in A to meet PQP goals, so that might throw a wrench in some people's requalification plans
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
Ah man, looks like they changed CM booking class A from 50% to 25% starting August 1. That's a bummer

I know there were a number of recommendations to book CM flights in A to meet PQP goals, so that might throw a wrench in some people's requalification plans
Usually, if you book before the change was announced MP will adjust it to give the full amount
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
Ah man, looks like they changed CM booking class A from 50% to 25% starting August 1. That's a bummer

I know there were a number of recommendations to book CM flights in A to meet PQP goals, so that might throw a wrench in some people's requalification plans
Originally Posted by cfischer
Usually, if you book before the change was announced MP will adjust it to give the full amount
Booking a C fare give 200% RDM, only divided by 5 for PQM. Still some good opportunities out there on CM.
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