Premier status qualification
New Premier status qualification requirements for 2020
We’re taking a new approach to Premier® status qualification to ensure that our program is valuable for all Premier members, whether you travel hundreds of miles each week, or a few thousand miles multiple times a year. Premier qualifying miles, Premier qualifying segments and Premier qualifying dollars are going away, and you’ll now earn Premier qualifying credit based on just two factors: the value of the tickets you’ve purchased, and the number of flights you’ve taken.
Why are we making these changes?
Measuring Premier qualification based on the dollars you spend and number of flights you take rewards customers equally. We’re making these changes to ensure our most loyal members get the best value from their benefits.
We also wanted to get rid of factors like fare class multipliers, which made it harder to track your qualifying activity.
Read on to delve into the details of 2020 Premier qualification.
About Premier qualifying flights and Premier qualifying points
With Premier qualifying flights (PQF), every flight you take gets you closer to status. And by a flight, we mean a takeoff and landing — no more fare class multipliers and confusing segment math.
Basic Economy tickets will be eligible to earn Premier qualifying points, but will not accrue PQF. Award tickets also do not accrue PQF.
You’ll receive 1 Premier qualifying point (PQP) for each U.S. dollar you spend. Like before, only the base fare of your flight earns PQP. Taxes and fees don’t count toward your spend requirements.
Although spend requirements for each tier are increasing, there are also more ways to earn PQP and meet your spend requirement than before:
- Base fare + surcharge
- Economy Plus® seating or subscriptions
- Preferred seat purchases
- *NEW* MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays
- *NEW* Paid upgrades
- *NEW* Flights ticketed and operated by our Star AllianceTM partners
Qualification requirements by Premier status level
Here’s how to qualify for each Premier status level beginning on January 1, 2020, for status in the 2021 program year:
|Premier status||PQF + PQP||Or PQP only|
|Premier Silver||12 PQF and 4,000 PQP||5,000 PQP|
|Premier Gold||24 PQF and 8,000 PQP||10,000 PQP|
|Premier Platinum||36 PQF and 12,000 PQP||15,000 PQP|
|Premier 1K||54 PQF and 18,000 PQP||24,000 PQP|
Earning PQF and PQP on partner flights
Previously, if you flew on a Star AllianceTM partner airline and your flight was not ticketed by United, you couldn’t earn Premier qualifying dollars. With the new program, you’ll receive spend credit on these flights in the form of Premier qualifying points. Your PQP will be equal to award miles* earned divided by 5 if you’re flying on a preferred partner; for other MileagePlus partner airlines, it will be award miles earned divided by 6.
For Star Alliance airlines as well as Air Dolomiti, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Eurowings, Edelweiss, Juneyao Airlines and Olympic Air:
|Star Alliance partner||PQP total|
|Preferred partner PQP||Award miles divided by 5|
|MileagePlus partner PQP||Award miles divided by 6|
For example, if you earned 360 award miles for your flight, you’ll receive 72 PQP if you flew with a preferred partner, and 60 PQP if you flew with a MileagePlus partner.
You’ll earn PQF on partner airlines as well, except when flying on light fares, basic fares, and award tickets. Learn more about earning with partner airlines.
While we no longer waive the spend requirement for members with international addresses, we have expanded the ability to earn spend credit for these members, which makes qualification consistent for all of our members.
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)2 based on annual card spend will be offered ways to earn Premier qualifying points (PQP) based on annual card spend3. 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.
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
A member today who flies 15 segments, earns $2,700 in PQD, spends $800 on MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays, and earns 3,000 award miles by purchasing tickets on a Star partner, wouldn’t qualify for Silver status. If this member’s activity was the same in 2020, they would qualify for Silver for the 2021 program year: They’d receive the same spend credit they enjoy today on United tickets and earn additional spend credit from MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays. They’d also earn PQP credit for Star Alliance flights not ticketed or operated by United, equal to award miles* divided by 5 or 6.
During the 2020 calendar year, Presidential Plus Cardmembers will earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 spent, 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.
Terms and conditions
1. New qualification requirements will be effective on January 1, 2020, for status in the 2021 program year.
2. For 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.
3. United 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.