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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℠ Explorer Card

The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit. With the current offer you'll earn 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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More Things to Know
  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • New! Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • New! Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • New! 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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