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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 youíre 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, youíll 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 Jun 19, 2023, 7:36 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan
Yes, even in this case. For that segment, you earn by AC's rules even though it's a LH flight number and an LH ticket.
Got it! Thanks. One more question if you don't mind, that same ticket, under the same circumstances, there's a LATAM Airlines leg GRU-GIG, but on codeshare with Lufthansa, Lufthansa flight number. In this case, it won't earn anything, as Latam is not a United partner, right?
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Old Jun 19, 2023, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by tiagosimk
Got it! Thanks. One more question if you don't mind, that same ticket, under the same circumstances, there's a LATAM Airlines leg GRU-GIG, but on codeshare with Lufthansa, Lufthansa flight number. In this case, it won't earn anything, as Latam is not a United partner, right?
Correct.
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Old Jun 22, 2023, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17
You should check the fare code. As long as it's not I, O, R, X, you should get something.
​​​​​​https://www.united.com/en/us/fly/mil...lufthansa.html
The fare code is eligible for earnings so I'll definitely get some PQP. I am confused though on the PQF question now. United.com says

International Basic Economy tickets on Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS are ineligible for Premier qualifying flights. International Basic Economy may be booked in various fare classes.
My options when booking on LH.com were Economy Light, Economy Basic, or Economy Flex. Economy Light appears to be LH's version of 'Basic Economy'. I did not book that. I did book Economy Basic though (because Economy Flex was like five times the price). Economy Basic appears to be LH's version of 'regular economy'. So while this is going to sound like a very dumb question, I have to ask: Does 'Economy Basic' on LH count as 'Basic Economy' for UA's PQF earning purposes? Or does that only apply to 'Economy Light'. Am I overthinking this? I'm probably overthinking this.
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Old Jun 22, 2023, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97
The fare code is eligible for earnings so I'll definitely get some PQP. I am confused though on the PQF question now. United.com says



My options when booking on LH.com were Economy Light, Economy Basic, or Economy Flex. Economy Light appears to be LH's version of 'Basic Economy'. I did not book that. I did book Economy Basic though (because Economy Flex was like five times the price). So while this is going to sound like a very dumb question, I have to ask: Does 'Economy Basic' on LH count as 'Basic Economy' for UA's PQF earning purposes? Of does that only apply to 'Economy Light'. Am I overthinking this? I'm probably overthinking this.
just economy light
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Old Jun 22, 2023, 5:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97
... Economy Basic appears to be LH's version of 'regular economy'. ...
Yes
Originally Posted by ty97
... Does 'Economy Basic' on LH count as 'Basic Economy' for UA's PQF earning purposes? ...
No, it is regular economy.
And yes, they could have not made it more confusing if they tried.
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 10:21 am
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My family and I did a lot of LH and LO non UA metal flights this year. Fare class M but 220- tickets booked direct with LH. Whatís the process to sending this data to United to be applied towards PQP? (if Iím understanding correctly what Iím reading above)
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by Travelpro85
My family and I did a lot of LH and LO non UA metal flights this year. Fare class M but 220- tickets booked direct with LH. Whatís the process to sending this data to United to be applied towards PQP? (if Iím understanding correctly what Iím reading above)
assuming you didnít have your UA MP# attached to begin with (and didnít have LH/LO numbers either) you can fill out the form for missing mileage credit

https:/www.united.com/ual/en/us/mileageplus/mileagecredit/
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
assuming you didnít have your UA MP# attached to begin with (and didnít have LH/LO numbers either) you can fill out the form for missing mileage credit
https:/www.united.com/ual/en/us/mileageplus/mileagecredit/
Flight numbers don't matter. If these flights have not yet been credited to any FQTV program then indeed the 'credit miles' link above should work for a 220 ticket just fine.
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by cfischer
Flight numbers don't matter. If these flights have not yet been credited to any FQTV program then indeed the 'credit miles' link above should work for a 220 ticket just fine.
Agreed that flight numbers donít matter, but I think the point was that if you attached a Miles & More number at booking, you would not then be able to get retroactive MileagePlus credit.
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 4:42 pm
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I couldnít work out any method of figuring out the booking class for my NH domestic flight. I expected nothing but it showed up today as E so I got the precious PQF. This is a long thread but did miss anything about NH (it was a 75 day advance purchase value fare).
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by rather_be_on_a_griffin
I couldnít work out any method of figuring out the booking class for my NH domestic flight. I expected nothing but it showed up today as E so I got the precious PQF. This is a long thread but did miss anything about NH (it was a 75 day advance purchase value fare).
Did you get a receipt from ANA upon purchase? The fare code should be listed there.
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Old Jul 4, 2023, 5:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17
Did you get a receipt from ANA upon purchase? The fare code should be listed there.
You get a link to retrieve the receipt but it only mentions the fare rule ( super value 75 L) and not the booking code. I think international flights are handled differently but for domestic (only) it seems like a complete mystery.
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Old Jul 23, 2023, 4:08 pm
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I am sure this is a stupid question, apologies in advance. I saw that United is giving PQP for award travel. If I use a partner's award (in this case Air Canada), and choose MP as my FFN, will it get me PQP, or it only works with UAL award tickets and UAL miles? TIA!
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Old Jul 23, 2023, 4:10 pm
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Originally Posted by raccah
I am sure this is a stupid question, apologies in advance. I saw that United is giving PQP for award travel. If I use a partner's award (in this case Air Canada), and choose MP as my FFN, will it get me PQP, or it only works with UAL award tickets and UAL miles? TIA!
Will not work. Award PQPs are given for UA award flights and 016 (UA) tickets only.
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Old Jul 23, 2023, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17
Will not work. Award PQPs are given for UA award flights and 016 (UA) tickets only.
and it must be UA metal
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