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Earning Premier qualifying credit with your co-branded MileagePlus credit card

For the 2021 program year, MileagePlus members who are also primary UnitedSM MileagePlus Chase Cardmembers are eligible to earn Premier qualifying points (PQP) based on their annual credit card spend.

  • New in 2021 — Earn toward Premier 1K® status: Members can now apply PQP earned through co-branded MileagePlus® credit cards toward Premier 1K status.
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    Cardmembers must meet the Premier qualifying flight (PQF) requirement for 1K status. Cardmembers with the UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Card and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Card will continue to be able to apply the card-earned PQP to Premier 1K status without having to meet the PQF requirement.
  • Earn up to 1,000 PQP: The UnitedSM Explorer Card, UnitedSM Explorer Business Card, United ClubSM Infinite Card, United ClubSM Card, United ClubSM Business Card, United MileagePlus® Awards Card, United MileagePlus® Card with annual fee, UnitedSM Business Card, and United MileagePlus® Business Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year.
  • Earn up to 3,000 PQP: The United MileagePlus® Select Card and United MileagePlus® Platinum Class Visa Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 3,000 PQP in a calendar year.
  • Earn up to 10,000 PQP: The UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Card and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 10,000 PQP in a calendar year.
  • Maximum of 5,000 PQP: The maximum number of PQP that can be earned on eligible card spend in a calendar year is 5,000 PQP per MileagePlus account. PQP earned from the UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Card and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Card are excluded from this cap.
  • The United GatewaySM Card and United MileagePlus® Card with no annual fee do not earn PQP for card spend.
  • All eligible Cardmembers must take a minimum of 4 flights on United or United Express® to be eligible for Premier status.
  • All PQP earned on eligible card spend and Flex PQP can be applied up to Platinum. For the 2021 program year, Flex PQP will continue to be applied up to Platinum status, while the card-earned PQP can be applied to 1K status if the Cardmember meets the PQF requirement for 1K. Cardmembers with UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Card and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Card will continue to be able to apply the card-earned PQP to 1K status without having to meet the PQF requirement for 1K.
Chase is not responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the 2021 MileagePlus program year stated benefits and services. PQP earned on eligible credit card spend will be awarded within 6 weeks of meeting the spend qualifications.

For program year 2021, MileagePlus members who are also the primary account holder of a First Hawaiian Bank United® Card are eligible to earn PQP based on their annual credit card spend.

  • Earn up to 1,000 PQP: First Hawaiian Bank United Credit Card earns 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year.
  • The maximum number of PQP that can be earned on eligible card spend in a calendar year is 5,000 PQP per MileagePlus account.
  • All eligible Cardmembers must take a minimum of 4 flights on United or United Express to be eligible for Premier status.
  • All PQP earned on eligible card spend can be applied up to Platinum. For program year 2021, the card-earned PQP can be applied to 1K status if the Cardmember meets the PQF requirement for 1K.
First Hawaiian Bank is not responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the 2021 MileagePlus program year stated benefits and services. PQP earned on eligible credit card spend will be awarded within 6 weeks of meeting the spend qualifications.
The United MileagePlus Chase Card changes below were announced on April 5, 2020.

Earning Premier qualifying credit in 2020 with eligible United MileagePlus Chase Cards

Here’s how we’re giving you an opportunity to get closer to Premier status with your United Explorer or United Club Card in the 2020 calendar year:

Eligible cards Existing PQP benefit
Based on net card spend 1/1/20 – 12/31/20
Additional PQP promotion
Based on net card spend 5/1/20 – 12/31/20
Total PQP earning opportunity in 2020
United Explorer
United Explorer Business
NEW United Business
500 PQP for every $12,000 in net card spend; up to 1,000 PQP Additional 500 PQP for every $12,000 in net card spend; up to 1,000 PQP Up to 2,000 PQP

Enough for Silver status with 6 PQF
United Club
United Club Business
United Club Infinite
500 PQP for every $12,000 in net card spend; up to 1,000 PQP Additional 500 PQP for every $12,000 in net card spend; up to 3,000 PQP Up to 4,000 PQP

Enough for Gold status with 12 PQF
* The existing PQP benefit and the promotional PQP benefit are only applicable up to Platinum status
  • Existing PQP benefit: Explorer, Explorer Business, the NEW United Business Card, Club Card, Club Business Card, and NEW Club Infinite Cardmembers can already earn up to 1,000 PQP through credit card spend from January 1 to December 31, 2020. These Cardmembers can earn 500 PQP at $12,000 in spend and again at $24,000 in spend in the 2020 calendar year.
  • Additional PQP promotion: In addition to the existing PQP earn opportunity, Cardmembers may earn even more PQP on their net card spend from May 1 through December 31, 2020.
  • Not an Explorer or Club Cardmember? Learn more about each card’s benefits and our new Cardmember bonus mile offer.

For program year 2020, MileagePlus members who are also primary United MileagePlus Chase Cardmembers are eligible to earn PQP based on their annual credit card spend.

  • Starting on January 1, 2020, United Cardmembers who are eligible for a PQD waiver, PQM, or Flexible PQM (FPQM)1 based on annual card spend will be offered ways to earn Premier qualifying points (PQP) based on annual card spend2. The ability to earn a PQD waiver, PQM, or FPQM on these cards will end on December 31, 2019.
  • We’ll no longer waive the 4-segment minimum for members with eligible MileagePlus Chase Cards. Each member must take a minimum of 4 flights on United or United Express to be eligible for Premier status. Removing these waivers aligns qualification requirements for all of our members.
  • The UnitedSM Explorer Card, United ClubSM Card, UnitedSM Explorer Business Card, United ClubSM Business Card, United MileagePlus® Awards Card, United MileagePlus® Card, and United MileagePlus® Business Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year, that can be applied up to Platinum.
  • The United MileagePlus® Select Card and United MileagePlus® Platinum Class Visa Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 3,000 PQP in a calendar year, that can be applied up to 1K.
  • The UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Card and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Card earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 10,000 PQP in a calendar year, that can be applied up to 1K.
  • UnitedSM TravelBank Cards do not earn PQP for card spend.
  • Please visit our Premier Qualification page for information about your specific card benefits.

Flex PQM

On April 1, 2020, any residual Flex PQM (FPQM) balances will be converted and can be used as Flex PQP (FPQP) going forward at a ratio of 5:1. For example, a balance of 10,000 FPQM would become 2,000 FPQP. Flex balances that are converted can only be applied up to Platinum.

Chase is not responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the 2020 MileagePlus program year stated benefits and services. PQP earned on eligible credit card spend will be awarded within 6 weeks of meeting the spend qualifications.

Frequently asked questions

If you’re a primary Cardmember of certain United MileagePlus Chase Cards, you can earn PQP based on what you spend on your card during the calendar year.

UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Cardmembers will have the opportunity to apply their Flex PQM to their 2019 activity to qualify for status in 2020. January through March 2020, Cardmembers will be able to convert their Flex PQM to Flex PQP at a ratio of 5 Flex PQM to 1 Flex PQP. Any Flex PQM not converted by April 1, 2020, will be automatically converted to Flex PQP. There will be no new earn of Flex PQP.

During the 2020 and 2021 calendar years, UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Cardmembers will earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 in card spend, up to 10,000 PQP. PQP earned on and after January 1, 2020, will be applicable to Premier status levels up to and including 1K. Flex PQM was previously limited to Platinum status and below.

The PQD waivers for international members and for MileagePlus Chase Cardholders are going away because we are providing new ways to earn spend credit toward Premier status. Members can now earn spend credit on flights ticketed and operated by our Star Alliance partners, as well as earn Premier qualifying credit from spend on select MileagePlus Chase credit cards. These changes align the way all members qualify for Premier status.

Like in the 2020 program year, PQP earned from your MileagePlus credit card will not count toward extra PlusPoints after reaching Premier 1K, but it can help you qualify for Premier 1K status which earns +280 PlusPoints.* In order to earn extra PlusPoints after reaching 1K status, you must earn 17,000 PQP to qualify for an additional +20 PlusPoints.

*Among United MileagePlus credit cards, only PQP earned from UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM and UnitedSM Presidential PlusSM Business Cards count toward extra PlusPoints after 1K status.
1For cardmembers with a Flex PQM balance beginning April 1, 2020, any remaining Flex PQM balance will be automatically converted to Flex PQP at a ratio of 5:1. For example, a balance of 10,000 Flex PQM would become 2,000 Flex PQP.
2United TravelBank Cardmembers do not earn PQP for card spend. United MileagePlus Chase Cardmembers with PQM and Flex PQM earn will also be notified of this change by Chase.