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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 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 Jan 7, 2024, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by bob_the_d
Hey all! Got a partner question. I flew on Asiana on a C ticket. The cost of the ticket was $3,654 on a ticket I flew on the 5th, and it just posted and only deposited 1,000 PQD for that flight. 1,000 feels like it's a flat number that's hitting some sort of cap, but I can't find this documented anywhere. Anyone know if there's some published policy that limits PQD earnings on partner airlines, or did I run into some kind of glitch?
Yes there is a cap per segment for partner flights non on UA ticket stock.. In business 1,000 PQPs and economy 500 for standard partners and 1,500 & 750 for "preferred" partners

Note if not on UA ticket stock, price is not a factor,just distance, fare class and preferred / non-preferred carrier
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 11:48 am
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Heres where you can find that info on which airlines are regular or preferred partners: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ng-credit.html
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Yes there is a cap per segment for partner flights non on UA ticket stock.. In business 1,000 PQPs and economy 500 for standard partners and 1,500 & 750 for "preferred" partners

Note if not on UA ticket stock, price is not a factor,just distance, fare class and preferred / non-preferred carrier
Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
Heres where you can find that info on which airlines are regular or preferred partners: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ng-credit.html
Oh, doh. You think they'd make this clear on the actual page for the partner airlines on united.com, but gotcha this is helpful... but also kind of a bummer. This at least clears it up though, thanks all!
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by bob_the_d
... You think they'd make this clear on the actual page for the partner airlines on united.com, but gotcha this is helpful...
It does mention on the OZ page "You'll earn miles based on flight distance and the purchased fare class and/or fare class flown" meaning not on price.if not on a UA ticket.
You did not mention the route and fare class but the uncapped amount would have likely still been well below the ticket price approach.
This is a fundamental difference in earnings from a UA ticket versus a partner ticket. Remember originally partner tickets earned no PQD/PQPs.
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by bob_the_d
Hey all! Got a partner question. I flew on Asiana on a C ticket. The cost of the ticket was $3,654 on a ticket I flew on the 5th, and it just posted and only deposited 1,000 PQD for that flight. 1,000 feels like it's a flat number that's hitting some sort of cap, but I can't find this documented anywhere. Anyone know if there's some published policy that limits PQD earnings on partner airlines, or did I run into some kind of glitch?
Yep, max of 1,000 PQD on Asiana or other Star Alliance partner flights in Biz Class - my J ticket on Asiana last July was also near $3,000!

You fly Biz Class on a Star Alliance carrier because its better than United Polaris, not to earn the maximum number of PQD as to do that, you need to fly United.
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by sapguy
... You fly Biz Class on a Star Alliance carrier because its better than United Polaris, not to earn the maximum number of PQD as to do that, you need to fly United.
or purchase on UA ticket stock (needing at least one UA flight / codeshare / JV in most cases).
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Old Jan 29, 2024, 12:10 pm
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I'm lloking at JFK-EZE in R on CM. The (WONDERFUL, FABULOUS) PQP tool shows no fare class bonus. ThenUA site though, shows a fare class bonus ot 150% after August 1, 2023.

UA: https://www.united.com/en/us/fly/mil...-airlines.html
PQP Calc: https://pqp.economiles.com/?q=JFK,PT...ZE,,,&status=4

Am I just missing something or does the tool need an update?
PQP Tool indicates 1,103 PQP/leg. Using the UA 150% fare class bonus woul yield 1,654/leg.

Any advice/wisdom?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 29, 2024, 12:12 pm
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I dont think the tool is actively being updated.

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Old Feb 19, 2024, 9:55 am
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Help with TAP Portugal for United Credit

I am looking at flights on TAP Portugal as they are about $3k less than on United. It says on the United site you can get credit for TAP flights but I don't think there explanation is clear. Will I be able to earn segments on United by transferring it from TAP? Any other tips?
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Old Feb 19, 2024, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by distrips
I am looking at flights on TAP Portugal as they are about $3k less than on United. It says on the United site you can get credit for TAP flights but I don't think there explanation is clear. Will I be able to earn segments on United by transferring it from TAP? Any other tips?
You enter your MileagePlus number into your TAP reservation when you make the booking.
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Old Feb 19, 2024, 11:02 am
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You can also use this site to help calculate how many miles and PQP you will earn: https://pqp.economiles.com/

Note that this site is not the end-all-be-all and has many issues, especially with codes that earn differently based on the route you're flying (e.g. AC does that a lot). But it works well enough and I've used it for TP in the past.

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Old Mar 9, 2024, 5:02 pm
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Is this as painful as it sounds in the FAQ?

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.


I have never flown a UA segment on non-016 metal before, but I have an LH stock ticket that would allow me to change the flight so that a segment is on UA (and avoid the ongoing LH strikes). Will I get shorted on PQPs though?
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 6:30 pm
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UA knows exactly how much money it is receiving for that segment, so PQP for the flight should be utterly correct.
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97
Will I get shorted on PQPs though?
Shorted? You wont get shorted, but depending upon the route, the fare class, and the actual fare paid, you could end up with either more or fewer miles than if you stuck with LH.
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 9:16 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97
I have never flown a UA segment on non-016 metal before, but I have an LH stock ticket that would allow me to change the flight so that a segment is on UA (and avoid the ongoing LH strikes). Will I get shorted on PQPs though?
sounds to me like you should decide whether mitigating the impact of the strike or getting the original amount of PQP is more important. If it were me, Id want to take the flight which would get me the greatest chance of getting me where I need to me - in the old days, when it was just me, or me and my wife, getting home later wasnt a big deal. With a family now, I avoid that if I can. But thats just me.

you can always just take the UA flight and ask them to make you whole later if you get less PQP than originally, but honestly, they might throw some more award miles youre way, probably not add extra PQP.
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