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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 youre 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, youll 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 Feb 9, 2023, 7:28 pm
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Not a status challenge.

Yes MCO to FRA is EY, it was the only workable itinerary for me to Naples with only 1stop.

i am a lowly Silver but would like to keep it, hence my questions. Might have to take an extra weekend trip to somewhere nice to get those 125 PQP!
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Old Feb 9, 2023, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by amaio
Not a status challenge.

Yes MCO to FRA is EY, it was the only workable itinerary for me to Naples with only 1stop.

i am a lowly Silver but would like to keep it, hence my questions. Might have to take an extra weekend trip to somewhere nice to get those 125 PQP!
I think people were just confused by what seemed like urgency in your post. UA status qualification is on a calendar year basis. So, you have through Dec. 31 to earn the PQP -- and four UA-operated segments -- that you need.
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee
Accrual is per the UA rules, not NH rules. N class earns 100% on UA. So it's 100% of miles flown divided by 5, with a cap of 750 PQP per flight. Assuming you're flying through NRT, this would be (approx) 6753 + 2889, or 750 + 578 PQP, for a total of 1,328 each direction.

This assumes NH ticket. On a UA ticket, you'll earn per the fare paid.
I flew AC YVR-NRT on a G fare (AC Flex) so it would be 75% mileage.
I was only given 468 PQP where I expected 701. The other segments on AC credited accordingly.
I went to MileagePlus chat then called the Premier desk. Both were unable to help and were useless, saying that the mileage is what it is. I provided my ticket and boarding pass as well. How do I escalate?

Last edited by myshaft; Feb 10, 2023 at 10:06 am Reason: PQP change
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by myshaft
I flew AC YVR-NRT on a G fare (AC Flex) so it would be 75% mileage.
I was only given 468 PQP where I expected 701. The other segments on AC credited accordingly.
I went to MileagePlus chat then called the Premier desk. Both were unable to help and were useless, saying that the mileage is what it is. I provided my ticket and boarding pass as well. How do I escalate?
Who issued the ticket?
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by myshaft
I flew AC YVR-NRT on a G fare (AC Flex) so it would be 75% mileage.
I was only given 468 PQP where I expected 701. The other segments on AC credited accordingly.
I went to MileagePlus chat then called the Premier desk. Both were unable to help and were useless, saying that the mileage is what it is. I provided my ticket and boarding pass as well. How do I escalate?

Plugging YVR-NRT on AC in G class earns 50% according to https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=YVR,NR...RT,,,&status=2

Also checking this https://www.wheretocredit.com/air-canada/g shows 50% RDM for Air Canada AC for G Fares

The 468 PQP sounds correct
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by wongbr
Plugging YVR-NRT on AC in G class earns 50% according to https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=YVR,NR...RT,,,&status=2
AC supposedly gives additional miles for Flex tickets. If you switch the airline to AC/Flex, you'll see 75%.
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan
AC supposedly gives additional miles for Flex tickets. If you switch the airline to AC/Flex, you'll see 75%.
Ah my mistake, sounds interesting.. perhaps United doesn't recognize the upfare on the booking class?

I checked out YVR-NRT on Aircanada, shows Economy Standard (50%), Economy Flex (100%), and Latitude (125%).

Not sure where the 75% is from, though
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by wongbr
Ah my mistake, sounds interesting.. perhaps United doesn't recognize the upfare on the booking class?

I checked out YVR-NRT on Aircanada, shows Economy Standard (50%), Economy Flex (100%), and Latitude (125%).

Not sure where the 75% is from, though
The 75% is what AC and UA negotiated. https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ir-canada.html
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Old Feb 10, 2023, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee
Who issued the ticket?
Air Canada.
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Originally Posted by myshaft
Air Canada.
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Is the last two letters of the fare basis FL?
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Old Feb 12, 2023, 10:46 am
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Yes it is.
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Old Feb 13, 2023, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan
The 75% is what AC and UA negotiated. https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ir-canada.html
My 7th chat (3 calls to Premier desk as well) finally got someone who acknowledged the gap. I cannot believe it took them this long to fix. It makes me weary of flying AC again and crediting to UA, because it's the most confusing fare system out of all the partners!
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Old Feb 22, 2023, 8:29 am
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PQP earn not capped on SWISS flight

Hey everyone,

I just got credited for a trip from ZRH-SFO ticket in fare class N. I noticed that the PQP accrual for that flight was 1169, about 50% more than the supposed cap of 750.

Now, I'm definitely not complaining about having 419 more PQPs than I was expecting, but I was wondering if anyone knew why this was? Will United "notice" this mistake and take those away from me, or is there some logical explanation for why I got the extra PQPs?

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Old Feb 22, 2023, 9:06 am
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Originally Posted by kfreezen
Hey everyone,

I just got credited for a trip from ZRH-SFO ticket in fare class N. I noticed that the PQP accrual for that flight was 1169, about 50% more than the supposed cap of 750.

Now, I'm definitely not complaining about having 419 more PQPs than I was expecting, but I was wondering if anyone knew why this was? Will United "notice" this mistake and take those away from me, or is there some logical explanation for why I got the extra PQPs?
Was it a UA-issued ticket?
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Old Feb 22, 2023, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan
Was it a UA-issued ticket?
No, it was a ticket issued by LH.
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