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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 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 you’re 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, you’ll 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 Sep 28, 2023, 1:59 pm
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$300 SFO to KIX seems like the best value.
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Old Sep 30, 2023, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Gabdawg
$300 SFO to KIX seems like the best value.
Agreed. You'll want this.
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Old Oct 2, 2023, 5:08 pm
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PQP for Partner Airline Travel

I had ticketed BKK-TPE-SFO on BR in L class (discount premium economy).
The BKK-TPE flight was canceled and the segment was rebooked on StarLux airline (a surprisingly pleasant discovery) to continue TPE-SFO on BR.

United has assigned miles only for the TPE-SFO segment and more importantly only 500 PQP for the 7439 miles traveled. My understanding was PQP would be (miles traveled / 5). FWIW, the ticket was issued through Amex travel. There is no indication that it was a bulk fare.

What am I missing? What is the best option to address the PQP and the missing miles for BKK-TPE?
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Old Oct 2, 2023, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by pradhantushar
I had ticketed BKK-TPE-SFO on BR in L class (discount premium economy).
The BKK-TPE flight was canceled and the segment was rebooked on StarLux airline (a surprisingly pleasant discovery) to continue TPE-SFO on BR.

United has assigned miles only for the TPE-SFO segment and more importantly only 500 PQP for the 7439 miles traveled. My understanding was PQP would be (miles traveled / 5). FWIW, the ticket was issued through Amex travel. There is no indication that it was a bulk fare.

What am I missing? What is the best option to address the PQP and the missing miles for BKK-TPE?
PQP is capped on partner airlines.

You will not get any PQP for BKK-TPE, as it was operated by a non-partner.
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Old Oct 2, 2023, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17
PQP is capped on partner airlines.

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Thanks - forgot the difference between Preferred Partner and MileagePlus Partner :-(
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Old Oct 2, 2023, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by pradhantushar
United has assigned miles only for the TPE-SFO segment and more importantly only 500 PQP for the 7439 miles traveled. My understanding was PQP would be (miles traveled / 5).
Your understanding was incorrect in three important ways:

1 - EVA is a non-preferred partner, so the division factor is 6, not 5
2 - Most fares do not earn miles based upon 100% of the traveled distance (although, in this case, that actually helps you -- L earns 115% of the distance traveled).
3 - As mentioned, PQPs on partner tickets are capped per segment. For non-preferred partners, it's 500 in economy or PE and 750 in business; those caps are doubled for preferred partners.

You can see here that your TPE-SFO segment was capped: https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=BKK,TP...E,SFO,BR,L|SFO,,,

As for the BKK-TPE segment -- you can try requesting Original Routing Credit, but that can be hard to get on a partner flight on a partner ticket. You'll need your original ticket, the boarding pass for your actual flight, and a little bit of luck.
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Old Oct 3, 2023, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan

As for the BKK-TPE segment -- you can try requesting Original Routing Credit, but that can be hard to get on a partner flight on a partner ticket. You'll need your original ticket, the boarding pass for your actual flight, and a little bit of luck.
I've had this done in pre-COVID times, ironically, on same route. Was booked BLR-BKK-TPE on TG - ticketed by TG, first flight was 2 hours late, causing us to miss BKK-TPE. TG re-booked us on China Airlines. Called in after we returned, and was told to email in docs. I think mostly original (TG) BPs and new CA BPs. Actually, was credited a lot quicker than I thought it would take.

Not sure if things are as easy or possible these days, but that's my story. Though OP might be better off, even if they don't get credit, given they were protected on StarLux. That China Airlines flight was one of the worst I've been on - the old 747 made UAs old 744s look good.
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Old Oct 4, 2023, 12:09 am
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Originally Posted by Polytonic
In my limited experience, I've found it's only (economically?) advantageous to credit partner flights for 3 airlines though, AC/NH discount P fares, and SK PY fares when you factor in the cap on PQP earnings per segment. I've researched this pretty extensively at this point, and I've found UA has done a pretty good job at maintaining PQP/$ parity with partners.

I think it's more likely UA will follow DL and raise the 1K PQP figure to something like 54S+28k PQP or 35k PQP outright.
My experience in Europe is that most of the time partners for short European flights are a loss, but there's a few things where the partner credit got me more than the 016-style PQP:

- mid-distance cheap LH group fares in "good fare buckets. E.g. I had a INN-FRA-TLV and back for EUR 257 in classes that give 100/50% miles, and just booked INN-FRA-FUE with 200/150% credit for 835EUR.
- LH group PE to the east coast, or with AC PE connections to the west coast
- a BR MUC-TPE-NRT/CTS in business class also gave a really good return due to splitting up the TPAC into two segments each

All of that doesn't make up for the PQPs lost on all the short European hops, though, but hey, at least I easily hit the 54 segments for 1K.
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Old Oct 6, 2023, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by cfischer
Z is correct and what you want to see. Usually credits correctly, if not, can be corrected.
Not crediting. Actually both LAX-PTY (L->Z) and PTY-UIO (L) are not crediting, while UIO-PTY-LAX (O) credited at 75%. I just called MPSC and have been escalated and will take up to 8 days.
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Old Oct 8, 2023, 8:31 pm
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Originally Posted by HkCaGu
Not crediting. Actually both LAX-PTY (L->Z) and PTY-UIO (L) are not crediting, while UIO-PTY-LAX (O) credited at 75%. I just called MPSC and have been escalated and will take up to 8 days.
PTY-UIO (L) posted in a couple of hours after the call, but LAX-PTY (L->Z) took another day (maybe needed CM to verify original class) to credit as L. Star Alliance Upgrade Award is quite some trouble.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan
As for the BKK-TPE segment -- you can try requesting Original Routing Credit, but that can be hard to get on a partner flight on a partner ticket. You'll need your original ticket, the boarding pass for your actual flight, and a little bit of luck.
Update: MileagePlus chat agent promptly credited PQP and miles for BKK-TPE without any issues. Had to provide all documentation - ticket and all boarding passes.
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Old Oct 16, 2023, 10:49 am
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I have a SQ flight, bought directly from SQ that I want to credit to United for PQP. I already put my United Mileage Plus number in the SQ ticket. What else can I do to make sure this happens seamlessly?
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Old Oct 16, 2023, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by azfanboy
I have a SQ flight, bought directly from SQ that I want to credit to United for PQP. I already put my United Mileage Plus number in the SQ ticket. What else can I do to make sure this happens seamlessly?
nothing, you’re all set! just did this recently and everything posted within a day or two, which was great
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Old Oct 16, 2023, 11:23 am
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Just landed last night (Sunday) around 1030pm on a SK flight, and everything was posted this morning (Monday) in my UA account. The Friday (almost Saturday) SK flight also got posted at the same time.
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Old Oct 17, 2023, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by azfanboy
I have a SQ flight, bought directly from SQ that I want to credit to United for PQP. I already put my United Mileage Plus number in the SQ ticket. What else can I do to make sure this happens seamlessly?
Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
nothing, you’re all set! just did this recently and everything posted within a day or two, which was great

But earning on SQ is poor isn't it? Especially booked through SQ?
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