United Announces Changes to MileagePlus Premier Qualification Requirements

By Paul Riegler on 13 November 2014
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A United jet taking off in Newark

A United jet taking off in Newark

United Airlines announced it was raising one of its requirements for elite status, effective for the 2016 calendar year.

On Thursday, the Chicago-based airline said it would raise its Premier Qualification Dollar, or PQD, requirement for earning Premier status.  Meeting PQD thresholds was first added to qualify for elite status for 2015.   PQDs measure a member’s annual spending on United flights.

The PQD requirement for Premier Silver members will increase from $2,500 to $3,000, for Premier Gold members from $5,000 to $6,000, for Premier Platinum members from $7,500 to $9,000, and for Premier 1K members from $10,000 to $12,000.

Last month, Delta raised its Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement for earning Medallion status by a similar percentage.

The PQD requirement only applies to members with addresses within the United States and United will continue to exempt members who spend $25,000 or more on a co-branded United credit card from the PQD requirement for Silver, Gold, and Platinum status.

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