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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 Mar 15, 2024, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by TBD
Shouldn't ... but has.

I called LH after failing to secure a seat online (I got an error, but don't remember what it was). LH agent took payment information. I didn't get the seat, though, nor was I actually charged. On check-in at the airport, I inquired on why I couldn't check-in online. I was told that's the case for all UA tickets on 4Y. This was a year ago - hopefully things have improved.
I have had no issues with 4Y on 016 tickets.
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Old Mar 17, 2024, 5:43 pm
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PQP with partner flights cap question

The limitations on PQPs for partner flights - is that's per segment or per direction or per itinerary? If I'm flying on SQ: EWR-SIN-MEL-SIN-EWR, is that 1 flight, 2 flights or 4 flights for purposes of the PQP cap? Thanks!

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Old Mar 17, 2024, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by sh76us
The limitations on PQPs for partner flights - is that's per segment or per direction or per itinerary? If I'm flying on SQ: EWR-SIN-MEL-SIN-EWR, is that 1 flight, 2 flights or 4 flights for purposes of the PQP cap? Thanks!

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ng-credit.html
per segment - ewr-sin-ewr are going to be capped.
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Old Mar 17, 2024, 8:41 pm
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Per segment.

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Old Mar 24, 2024, 11:04 pm
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I recently flew a domestic flight on NH (KOJ-HND) which I booked as a "Super Value 75M" (economy) fare for 9570 JPY (~$65). To my surprise, it credited to UA in E class, which UA thinks is discount P.E. and gives 125%. I got 728 base miles (plus bonus from status) and 146 PQP. Is this a known bug/loophole in UA's system? (Not that I'm complaining, mind you.)
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Old Mar 25, 2024, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by njwatson32
I recently flew a domestic flight on NH (KOJ-HND) which I booked as a "Super Value 75M" (economy) fare for 9570 JPY (~$65). To my surprise, it credited to UA in E class, which UA thinks is discount P.E. and gives 125%. I got 728 base miles (plus bonus from status) and 146 PQP. Is this a known bug/loophole in UA's system? (Not that I'm complaining, mind you.)
Bug? No. They’re just crediting what NH tells them. No idea why NH would report an E fare for that flight, but that’s on them.

146 PQP for $65 is a nice value but not outrageously so.
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 1:51 pm
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Does the Premier 500 mile minimum apply here? Or is that only for LTM?
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce
Does the Premier 500 mile minimum apply here? Or is that only for LTM?
I think it depends on the partner, but I don't know why, since the calculations are opaque. I think I had it not apply with CA, but I did have it apply with LH and AC.
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
I think it depends on the partner, but I don't know why, since the calculations are opaque. I think I had it not apply with CA, but I did have it apply with LH and AC.
what about UA bulk/specialty?
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce
Does the Premier 500 mile minimum apply here? Or is that only for LTM?
Based on my experience, no.

Originally Posted by fumje
I think it depends on the partner, but I don't know why, since the calculations are opaque. I think I had it not apply with CA, but I did have it apply with LH and AC.
Why would calculations be opaque on partner issued tickets crediting to UA? Isn't it usually flight distance times multiplier factor divide by 5 or 6?
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce
what about UA bulk/specialty?
Don't know on that.

Originally Posted by Repooc17
Based on my experience, no.



Why would calculations be opaque on partner issued tickets crediting to UA? Isn't it usually flight distance times multiplier factor divide by 5 or 6?
The PQP is award miles divided by 5 or 6, but the award miles figure derives from variable scaling depending on fare class (for example: AC), and my experiences were sometimes the fare class the flight listed with the MP credit with doesn't match the fare class the partner had shown, or sometimes a UA ticket was taken over by the partner and the credit changed from UA's PQP to something else that I think was distance-based but not certain. My experiences were mostly with discount economy fares also, so the numbers are small to begin with, and then it's hard to be sure why something is off by 3 or 8 pqp.

I do have to revise my previous answer about AC to no 500-mile min, though. I found another flight I had more recently, from a few months ago, and it was too far below what 500 miles would have gotten. So they must not currently be getting 500-mile minimum if they ever were.
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
Don't know on that.



The PQP is award miles divided by 5 or 6, but the award miles figure derives from variable scaling depending on fare class (for example: AC), and my experiences were sometimes the fare class the flight listed with the MP credit with doesn't match the fare class the partner had shown, or sometimes a UA ticket was taken over by the partner and the credit changed from UA's PQP to something else that I think was distance-based but not certain. My experiences were mostly with discount economy fares also, so the numbers are small to begin with, and then it's hard to be sure why something is off by 3 or 8 pqp.

I do have to revise my previous answer about AC to no 500-mile min, though. I found another flight I had more recently, from a few months ago, and it was too far below what 500 miles would have gotten. So they must not currently be getting 500-mile minimum if they ever were.
Got it. I think we are talking about the same thing. Yes, award miles would be the more simpler description than what I had posted. I don't think I have experienced discrepancy in fare bucket reporting - I would assume the purchased fare bucket should be the same bucket reported to earning carrier, but it may change in the event of involuntary or voluntary transaction.
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 10:14 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje
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The PQP is award miles divided by 5 or 6, but the award miles figure derives from variable scaling depending on fare class (for example: AC), and my experiences were sometimes the fare class the flight listed with the MP credit with doesn't match the fare class the partner had shown, or sometimes a UA ticket was taken over by the partner and the credit changed from UA's PQP to something else that I think was distance-based but not certain. My experiences were mostly with discount economy fares also, so the numbers are small to begin with, and then it's hard to be sure why something is off by 3 or 8 pqp.

I do have to revise my previous answer about AC to no 500-mile min, though. I found another flight I had more recently, from a few months ago, and it was too far below what 500 miles would have gotten. So they must not currently be getting 500-mile minimum if they ever were.
AC is probably one of the mysterious in reporting fare class. This is more an AC issue than UAs.
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Old Apr 4, 2024, 8:33 am
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I have had no issues with 4Y on 016 tickets.
You were right.
Unlike my last trip, I was able to select seats on a UA-ticketed / 4Y-operated flight.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 10:30 pm
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I flew SFO-FRA-MLA a couple of days ago. Got miles for SFO-FRA on UA58.

But no miles for FRA-MLA on LH.

Is there usually a delay in crediting LH flights? It was in business class both segments.
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