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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 May 8, 2024, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by So Pang
If I am buying a ticket via AC, with the following segments, when I use the pqp.economiles.com calculator, should I enter all the operating airlines as AC and LH respectively, or all entries should be AC?

Segment 1: YYZ - FRA, AC metal, fare: P
Segment 2: FRA - PMO, LH metal, fare: P
Segment 3: PMO - FRA, Lufthansa Cityline metal, fare Y (showing Economy on AC Ticket , Y)
Segment 4: FRA - YYZ, AC metal, fare P

If I put all segments as AC, LH, LH (I assumed LH Cityline is a legitimate partner for earning UA Status), AC, the PQPs are: 1186, 170, 255, 1186 = 2797

If I put all segments as AC, the PQP on each segment is: 1186, 255, 212, 1186 = 2839

Which way is the proper way to input the airline in this situation?

Thanks!
For a non-016 ticket (like an AC ticket) the operating carrier table is used to determine the PQP. So AC for the AC operated flights, LH for the LH operated flights.

Yes LH Cityline flights earn regularly as a LH flights.
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Old May 15, 2024, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by kevflyer
Long overdue but I just updated the pqp.economiles.com calculator.

Airlines added:
Virgin Australia
Emirates
flydubai
JSX

All existing airlines have been updated to reflect current mappings.

Note:
Silver Airways' W fare shows up on the table under both discount economy (75%) and no mileage credit (0%) - I've mapped it to 75%; someone correct me if this isn't the case.
Not sure if this is a bug, but it looks like Virgin Australia flights are reporting 0 PQP/PQF in the calculator. I was under the impression Virgin Australia flights earned PQP/PQF as a UA partner.
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Old May 24, 2024, 7:39 pm
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Question Earning PQD on AC Bid Upgrade Program

Air Canada has a bid upgrade program, allowing customers to bid dollars to try and "win" an upgrade.

If I successfully bid, do the incremental dollars spent (the bid) earn PQD's on UA's MileagePlus program?

If not, am would buying up to P or Z be the only way to increase my PQD earning?
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Old May 24, 2024, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by IAATM
If I successfully bid, do the incremental dollars spent (the bid) earn PQD's on UA's MileagePlus program?
No.
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Old May 24, 2024, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by IAATM
...If I successfully bid, do the incremental dollars spent (the bid) earn PQD's on UA's MileagePlus program? ...
No, UA will never know about it
Originally Posted by IAATM
.. If not, am would buying up to P or Z be the only way to increase my PQD earning?
But how much will depend on the ticket stock.
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Old May 25, 2024, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
how much will depend on the ticket stock.
It's plated on AC, so 014 ticket stock, so my understanding that PQD's will accrue based on booking code (P or Z) multiplied by distance flown, right?

If so, then buying up to business gets me more PQD's because doing so will put me in a higher booking class, right?
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Old May 25, 2024, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by IAATM
It's plated on AC, so 014 ticket stock, so my understanding that PQD's will accrue based on booking code (P or Z) multiplied by distance flown, right?
Everything you need to know about earning PQD on AC can be found here and here. Basically, it's miles times class multiplier divided by five with a max of 1,500 (Business Class) or 750 (other classes) for AC.

Originally Posted by IAATM
If so, then buying up to business gets me more PQD's because doing so will put me in a higher booking class, right?
It all depends on how AC's buyup program works.
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Old May 25, 2024, 2:00 pm
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Either AC reports the original flight back with the 016 ticket and you get normal PQP or AC reports the flight as a 014 ticket and you accrue like it is a 014 ticket.
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Old May 25, 2024, 2:05 pm
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Either AC reports the original flight back with the 016 ticket
Where did this coe from? There is no 016 ticket involved anywhere.
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Old May 25, 2024, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by IAATM
It's plated on AC, so 014 ticket stock, so my understanding that PQD's will accrue based on booking code (P or Z) multiplied by distance flown, right?

If so, then buying up to business gets me more PQD's because doing so will put me in a higher booking class, right?
Yes but .... partner segment PQP caps can become an issue

As long as your are talking a true upfare, run each condition thru https://pqp.economiles.com/ to see the gain vs cost, you would like to get at least 1 PQP / $ ( plus the better seat)

Note -- You can but PQP from UA for roughly 1 PQP per $ (without the better seat benefit)
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Old May 26, 2024, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Yes but .... partner segment PQP caps can become an issue. As long as your are talking a true upfare, run each condition thru https://pqp.economiles.com/ to see the gain vs cost, you would like to get at least 1 PQP / $ ( plus the better seat)
Understood, thanks!
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Old Jun 3, 2024, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by Polytonic
Not sure if this is a bug, but it looks like Virgin Australia flights are reporting 0 PQP/PQF in the calculator. I was under the impression Virgin Australia flights earned PQP/PQF as a UA partner.
Thanks. Fixed that.
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Old Jun 9, 2024, 1:44 pm
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Earnings on Lufthansa V-Class - different on identical flight in 2023 vs 2024?

Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if someone can explain why my PQM and PQP earnings are different on an identical flight on Lufthansa V-Class from September 2023 and March 2024?

Background: United Gold Member in both years.

Flight 1: October 2023:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 3,769
Bonus miles earned: 1,885
Total miles earned: 5,654
PQP: 750

Flight 2: March 2024:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 2,880
Bonus miles earned: 1,728
Total miles earned: 4,608
PQP: 528

According to the Economiles PQP calculator, I should have received the same PQM and PQP for my March 2024 flight as my September 2023 flight.

Can someone shed some light on why my PQM and PQP earnings are different for the exact same flight and fare class from September 2023 to March 2024?

Thanks so much
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Old Jun 9, 2024, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by livewanderplay
Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if someone can explain why my PQM and PQP earnings are different on an identical flight on Lufthansa V-Class from September 2023 and March 2024?

Background: United Gold Member in both years.

Flight 1: October 2023:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 3,769
Bonus miles earned: 1,885
Total miles earned: 5,654
PQP: 750

Flight 2: March 2024:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 2,880
Bonus miles earned: 1,728
Total miles earned: 4,608
PQP: 528

According to the Economiles PQP calculator, I should have received the same PQM and PQP for my March 2024 flight as my September 2023 flight.

Can someone shed some light on why my PQM and PQP earnings are different for the exact same flight and fare class from September 2023 to March 2024?

Thanks so much
where were the tickets purchased from? the PQP calculator you mentioned is only relevant when the ticket is not issued on UA 016 ticket stock
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Old Jun 9, 2024, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by livewanderplay
Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if someone can explain why my PQM and PQP earnings are different on an identical flight on Lufthansa V-Class from September 2023 and March 2024?

Background: United Gold Member in both years.

Flight 1: October 2023:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 3,769
Bonus miles earned: 1,885
Total miles earned: 5,654
PQP: 750

Flight 2: March 2024:
Frankfurt (FRA) - Vancouver(YVR)
LH 492 FRA-YVR | V Class
Base miles: 2,880
Bonus miles earned: 1,728
Total miles earned: 4,608
PQP: 528

According to the Economiles PQP calculator, I should have received the same PQM and PQP for my March 2024 flight as my September 2023 flight.

Can someone shed some light on why my PQM and PQP earnings are different for the exact same flight and fare class from September 2023 to March 2024?

Thanks so much
Was each flight ticketed the same? Perhaps your first flight was LH ticket stock (thus maxing out at 750 PQP for an economy flight) whereas the second flight was ticket by United - in which case you would only get PQPs based on purchase price x status multiplier. That would account for the discrepancy.
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