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On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement increasing Medallion Qualifying Dollars needed for status in 2015, United just announced that they are also increasing the amount of Premier Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Premier qualification.

New United PQD Requirements.
New United PQD Requirements.

United is increasing the PQD requirements for earning 2016 Premier status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, as follows:

  • Premier Silver PQDs increasing to $3,000 (Previously $2,500)
  • Premier Gold PQDs increasing to $6,000 (Previously $5,000)
  • Premier Platinum PQDs increasing to $9,000 (Previously $7,500)
  • Premier 1K PQDs increasing to $12,000 (Previously $10,000)

However, the Premier Qualifying Dollar waiver will still remain at $25,000 or more in eligible purchases on MileagePlus co-branded credit cards, such as the United MileagePlus Explorer Card, in the qualification year for Premier Silver, Premier Gold and Premier Platinum qualification, but does not apply for Premier 1K qualification.

My Take

It’s no surprise that United decided to copy Delta on increasing their revenue requirements. These moves are clearly being made to increase the number of United Chase which is fine, but let’s call it like it is- this means it’ll be harder to qualify for status, and frankly I don’t see any additional perks/benefits that will make it worth jumping through these extra hoops.

If you do want to go for United 1K, there is no credit card waiver, unlike Delta where the waiver applies for all tiers, so you’d have to actually spend the $12,000 on flights each year for 1K. At least they are trying to protect their top-tier level and not trying to dilute it with those who qualify for the revenue requirements through the credit card waiver.

What are your thoughts on United’s latest change to the MileagePlus program?

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.

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  • Special offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
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  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United-operated flight at the MileagePlus Standard Award level
  • $95 annual fee
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