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Certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator, group/tour, and opaque fares do not earn PQD.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