United elites: It’s the last day to make your bonus selection

May 13, 2021

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At the end of April, United Airlines detailed its three latest bonus promotions, giving current elite members an opportunity to earn extra redeemable miles, or to close the gap on 2021 status.

The airline’s latest promo, called “Pick Your Path,” lets current elites choose between up to 3,750 bonus Premier Qualifying Points, or PQPs, an “Easy PQP” deposit of up to 1,500 points or double miles with MileagePlus X, for up to 10,000 bonus miles in total.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

You’ll need to finalize your selection right here by 11:59 p.m. Central Time tonight, May 13 — if you don’t make your pick by then, you’ll automatically be registered for the “Welcome-back bonus,” giving you an opportunity to earn the greatest number of PQPs, assuming you fly between now and July 27, 2021.

If you have plans to fly within that timeframe, the “Welcome-back bonus” is the option I’d pick. If a current Premier 1K member selects that offer and takes three trips by July 27, they’ll end up with 3,750 bonus PQPs, in addition to the 3,750 they received at the beginning of the year — halfway to the reduced 2021 requirement, without factoring in any PQPs earned from flying.

According to the head of United’s MileagePlus program, Luc Bondar, there are more promotions on the way — if you’re a current elite member, there’s a chance that requalifying in 2021 may not require much effort at all.

Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
0% on purchases for 12 months
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
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Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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