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2020 UA MP elite status buy-up offers(for higher status than earned in 2019)

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See https://promotions.united.com/offers/premierstatus for your offer ( Now available for 2020)

In recent years, in January (typically the second week or so), UA has offered status-buy programs. Generally, UA has limited to no more than an additional 15K PQMs or 15 PQSs ( and similar limits for PQDs).

Past year programs
January 2013 17 Jan 2013
January 2014 13 Jan 2014
January 2015 12 Jan 2015
January 2016 19 Jan 2016
2017 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2016) 20 Jan 2017
2018 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2017) 24 Jan 2018,
2019 UA MP elite status buy-up offers(for higher status than earned in 2018)-- 11 Jan 2019
2020 offers -- 10 Jan 2020

Buy up ≈ MAX(rounded PQM gap fee, rounded PQD gap)
Those rules seem to work >90% of the reported cases. (at least in 2017,2016,2015)

PQM gap chart form earlier years, with PQDs requirements things have gotten more complex

Code:
to Silver to Gold to Plat to 1K
 1K $199 $299 $349 N/A
 2K $349 $499 $649 $999
 3K $499 $649 $849 $1,399
 4K $649 $799 $999 $1,699
 5K $799 $949 $1,149 $1,949
 6K $949 $1,099 $1,299 $2,199
 7K $1,099 $1,249 $1,449 $2,449
 8K $1,249 $1,399 $1,599 $2,699
 9K $1,399 $1,549 $1,749 $2,949
 10K $1,549 $1,699 $1,899 $3,149
 11K $1,699 $1,849 $2,049 $3,349
 12K $1,849 $1,999 $2,199 $3,549
 13K $1,999 $2,149 $2,349 $3,749
 14K $2,149 $2,299 $2,499 $3,949
 15K $2,299 $2,449 $2,649 $4,149
Is it worth it to stretch for 1K (over Plat)? [2019 Consolidated]
Is it worth it to stretch for Plat (over Gold)? [2019 Consolidated]
Is it worth it to stretch for Gold (over Silver)? [2019 Consolidated]
Is it worth it making Premier Silver? [2017-2019 Consolidated]

Will UA Grant 2020 EliteStatus if I am XXX PQM/PQS/PQD Short of Qualifying in 2019?
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Old Jan 7, 20, 5:29 pm
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2020 UA MP elite status buy-up offers(for higher status than earned in 2019)

UA has traditionally offered buys in mid-January, 2020 offers came live 10 January 2020

https://promotions.united.com/offers/premierstatus

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Old Jan 7, 20, 5:29 pm
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I assume we should expect offers for 2020 to come out soon? Didn't see a 2020 thread yet.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by chemengin View Post
I assume we should expect offers for 2020 to come out soon? Didn't see a 2020 thread yet.
Consulting the wiki, the earliest has been 11 January, the latest 24 January and the mean 17 January.
So probably still a week or so out.

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Old Jan 9, 20, 7:08 pm
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Just missed re-qualifying by a few dollars

I just missed maintaining my current UA 2019 status into 2020 by ~$400 qualifying dollars. I know that AA has the option to pay $ or miles to keep your status, but it doesn't seem like UA has the same option (at least I can't find it).
Any hope of bridging this gap after the fact? If not, I guess I will be switching to AA.
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Old Jan 9, 20, 7:14 pm
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Welcome to FT!

UA will often offer status buy-ups in January.

2019 UA MP elite status buy-up offers(for higher status than earned in 2018)
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Old Jan 9, 20, 7:18 pm
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Wow, Kacee, I would have never found that - thanks for the link!
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Old Jan 10, 20, 5:49 am
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FYI, buy up appears to now be active, and certainly looks in-line with prior years; I was at nearly 73k PQM, 29 PQS, 7.2k PQD. Buy-up to Platinum is listed at 2799.

(Given the changes we already know, I'm not dropping the equivalent of several first-class domestic tickets on 40 points; half of my travel is EWR to BOM, where most of the 777 has status. With the new JFK-BOM route, 2020 has now started as my first year with Delta.)

GLTA!
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:48 am
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Seeing the same thing

2019:
Basic Member
30k+ PQM (mostly one NZ J trip)
1700 PQD

$1450 buyup to Silver. No thanks.

My SO was Gold
70.5k PQM
50 PQS
6.7k PQD

$3650 buyup. So ~$1400 for the PQD and $2250 for the PQM, I suppose.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 7:59 am
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2019 Total PQM balance: 66,027

2019 Total PQS balance: 27.5

2019 Total PQD balance: $7,373



$3599 buy up....thats 2 business class tix to Europe, NOPE!
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Old Jan 10, 20, 8:49 am
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I keep getting this error when I try and get my offer:

Thanks for your interest

Unfortunately, the account number you entered is not eligible for this offer or your information was entered incorrectly.
Im definitely entering my correct info. Come on United at least try to take my money..
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by NJDevils26 View Post
I keep getting this error when I try and get my offer:

Im definitely entering my correct info. Come on United at least try to take my money..
Same. ~65k PQMs, just barely $6k PQDs. I mean, I'm not going to bite (going to concentrate my travel back on DL), but I was curious what the numbers might be.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:15 am
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1,700 PQM short of Platinum and my offer is $849. No, thanks.

Although, I am waiting for some ORC to be worked out. If it goes through, that would add about 1,200 PQM. Would I get a different offer then?
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:16 am
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What is the link for the 2020 buy up? The promotions.united.com/offers/premierestatus link still references 2019 buy up.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:53 am
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What is the link for the 2020 buy up? The promotions.united.com/offers/premierestatus link still references 2019 buy up.
https://promotions.united.com/offers/premierstatus login then reload the page.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by spark666 View Post
What is the link for the 2020 buy up? The promotions.united.com/offers/premierestatus link still references 2019 buy up.
Link is correct. When you sign in and click through it says "Unlock [XXXXXX] status for 2020"

Just the front page needs updating, apparently.
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