United’s Selling Elite Status for 2017

Jan 20, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Did you miss out on earning United elite status through January 2018? Well, check your inbox — UA’s sending out offers to buy status, just as American began doing late last year.

One TPG contributor who earned Gold status in 2015 but will be dropping to the “Member” (everybody else) level at the end of this month received the following offer:

Yes, $1,399 is a tremendous amount to pay for United Premier Silver status, which many thousands of customers can actually get for free through the Marriott RewardsPlus partnership. With that program, Marriott Platinum members can get United Silver status without any flying at all — and since Marriott is now instantly matching Starwood elite status, this offer applies to SPG Platinum members as well.

Not only that, but we value United Silver status at just $920 — and that’s assuming you fly enough to earn it through flight purchases. Getting $1,399 in value from this status level is a long shot, so your ~$1,400 is better spent on flights — or something else altogether.

What was your United status purchase offer? 

H/T: Eric L.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.