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United minimum spend requirement for MileagePlusElite Levels

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United minimum spend requirement for MileagePlusElite Levels

http://www.mileageplusupdates.com/

Not surprisingly, United is following Delta and introducing a minimum spending level in its MileagagePlus Premier qualification requirements. This comes into force in January 2014 and will determine elite status for the 2015 period onwards.

Note this is for MP members living in the United States.

The minimum spend requirement (Premier Qualifying Dollars or PQDs) will be in addition to attaining either the Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) or Premier Qualifying Segments (PQS), and the minimum of four paid segments on United, United Express or Copa flights. The requirements will therefore be -

Silver - 25,000 PQM or 30 PQS, and $2,500 PQD

Gold - 50,000 PQM or 60 PQS, and $5,000 PQD

Platinum - 75,000 PQM or 90 PQS, and $7,500 PQD

1K - 100,000 PQM or 120 PQS, and $10,000 PQD

For 2014, the minimum spend is waived for Silver, Gold and Plat qualification with a $25,000 spend on a United branded credit card. This waiver does not apply to 1K qualification.

The minimum spend requirement includes the following -

- Base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges

- Flights flown by United, United Express, or Copa Airlines

- Flights operated by a Star Alliance® or a MileagePlus partner airline and issued on a United ticket (ticket number starting with 016)

- Economy Plus purchases on paid for flights

Certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator, group/tour, and opaque fares do not earn PQD.

The discussion on FlyerTalk is here -

flyertalk.com/forum/united-mileageplus-conso…

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1. Re: United minimum spend requirement for MileagePlusElite Levels

Is the "International Surcharge" not a carrier-imposed charge? It doesn't show up in my spend report on United. Help.

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2. Re: United minimum spend requirement for MileagePlusElite Levels

RW G,

The UA status level info covers almost all possible charges, and identifies those that do, and do not apply toward PQD's.

I was a bit concerned, as we are planning on maintaining 1K status, and the new PQD's caught our attention. As it turned out, considering our flights for 2014, and the prices paid (and tabulated), we will make that hurdle by about June.

Please note that for status levels below 1K, there are several additional ways to get the necessary PQD's, that do NOT apply to 1K. We must spend the $'s, within the limitations of what gets credited, and there are no "short-cuts." Still, with a bit of calculation, we'll make the PQD's before mid-year, so not a concern. However, I did add a column to my UA spreadsheet, just to account for the PQD's - just in case.

Good luck,

Hunt

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3. Re: United minimum spend requirement for MileagePlusElite Levels

RW,

Yes, the international surcharge (YQ) is a carrier imposed surcharge, and should count towards your PQDs. Essentially for international flights it's the base fare plus the YQ.

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