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Premier status qualification

Premier 1K status

Effective January 1, 2019, the Premier® qualifying dollars (PQD) requirement for Premier 1K® status will be raised from $12,000 to $15,000.

We’re adjusting qualification requirements for Premier 1K status with the goal of offering our most appealing program benefits to our most loyal customers and making these benefits, such as upgrades, more easily available.

Premier qualifying miles (PQM) for Basic Economy Fares

Effective for travel on or after December 11, 2018, all Basic Economy tickets will earn 50% PQM and 0.5 Premier qualifying segments (PQS). Basic Economy tickets may be booked in various fare classes.

PQM fare class bonus for P‑class fares

P‑class fares with a travel date on or after January 1, 2019, will change from earning 200% PQM to 150% PQM. P‑class fares are a type of discounted premium cabin fare.


FAQs about Premier status qualification

No, Premier qualification requirements for 2019 status, which is determined by travel activity in 2018, are not changing. These changes are effective for 2020 Premier status, which is determined by 2019 travel activity.

Yes, beginning on January 1, 2019, the new Premier qualification requirements will take effect and P‑class fares flown will earn 150% PQM, regardless of when the ticket was purchased. To qualify for Premier 1K status, U.S. based members flying in 2019 will also need to meet the higher $15,000 PQD requirement.

The PQD requirement for Premier 1K status will be raised to $15,000. This doesn’t impact qualification requirements for 2019 status; the new $15,000 requirement is effective for 2020 Premier 1K status, which is determined by 2019 travel activity.

The PQD waiver for international members remains in place. There will continue to be no PQD waiver for U.S. members for Premier 1K status.

No, members will continue to earn PQD based on the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges and for Economy Plus® purchases. Learn more about PQD.

We’re adjusting qualification requirements for Premier 1K status with the goal of offering our most appealing program benefits to our most loyal customers and making these benefits, such as upgrades, more easily available.

Yes, the PQM fare bonus that is earned for travel on a P‑class fare, which is a type of discounted premium cabin fare, will decrease to 150%, and Basic Economy will increase to 50%.

No, members will continue to earn PQS based on the number of paid flown segments traveled and fare class purchased. Learn more about PQS.