United Changing Elite Requirements
United is revamping their elite status program starting in January 1, 2020. Flyers under the old system had to earn a combination of Premier Qualifying Miles, Premier Qualifying Segments and Premier Qualifying Dollars.
The new system gets rid of those metrics and now qualification will be based on Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) and Premier Qualifying Flights (PQFs). Flyers earn 1 PQP for every qualifying dollar spent. For partner airlines, United will calculate the number of redeemable miles and divide that number by 6 for PQPs (for Lufthansa, Air Canada, ANA, and Copa the dividing number will be 5).
PQFs will replace the segments requirement, but there will not be a fare class multiplier. Basic Economy and award tickets do not earn PQFs.
The new requirements are:
- Silver= 4,000 PQP + 12 PQF; OR 5,000 PQP
- Gold= 8,000 PQP + 24 PQF; OR 10,000 PQP
- Platinum= 12,000 PQP + 36 PQF; OR 15,000 PQP
- 1k= 18,000 PQP + 54 PQF; 24,000 PQP.
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