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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.

Travel News

  • Article: Review of 737 Max Certification Finds Fault with Boeing and F.A.A. The report found that while the F.A.A. had been aware of the MCAS system, the information about MCAS was so fragmented and was delivered to fragmented groups. The report also stated that Boeing failed to informed the F.A.A. of the changes in the design of the MCAS system during the plane’s development.
  • American Airlines is changing up its executive organization chart due to the retirement of its Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. For full coverage of the changes, check out Cranky Flyer
  • California is banning single-use plastic bathroom bottles starting in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms, and 2024 for hotels with less than 50 rooms.
  • United’s brand new Bombardier CRJ550 regional 50 seat aircraft is now launching with flights between Chicago O’Hare and: Bentonville. Arkansas; Cedar Rapids; Cincinnati; Columbus; Des Moines; Grand Rapids; Greensboro; Harrisburg; Indianapolis; Madison, Wisconsin; Oklahoma City; Richmond, Virginia; St. Louis; and Tulsa.
  • Spirit Airlines is expanding service from Nashville by adding non-stop flights to Austin, Cancun, Newark, and Los Angeles starting next year. [Spirit] 
  • Airbus delivered its 1,000 A320neo to IndiGo, the Indian ultra-low-cost carrier who ordered 430 A320neos. 
  •  A new airport with commercial service opened up in Williston Basin, North Dakota (XWA). The airport is in an oil-rich area of North Dakota and will be served by United Airlines from Denver and Delta from Minneapolis.
  • A cat traveling in cargo on a Lufthansa flight disappeared after landing at Washington Dulles [USA Today]
  • A Spirit Airlines flight was delayed twice due to drunk passengers. First, a drunk passenger vomited on a sober passenger, and all passengers had to deplane. After reboarding the aircraft, two more drunk people locked themselves in the bathroom. [Travel Pulse]

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