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United is extending everyone’s current elite status through January 31, 2022 and extending club memberships by 6 months as well as extending PlusPoints upgrades by 6 months that were set to expire through January 31, 2021.
They are also dropping requirements to earn status by 50%.
|2021 status||Earn Premier qualifying flights||and PQP||or meet a higher PQP goal|
United’s $18,000 / $24,000 top elite status level was a stretch even in good times. It was always going to present a challenge once the economy turned. No one expected it to turn this way, or this deep. And the airline is least-well positioned for it in its elite program.
That’s why in addition to dropping requirements to earn status this year, they’re increasing the ability to earn qualification via credit card.
United credit card customers can earn 500 premier qualifying points after $12,000 in spend each year, and another 500 premier qualifying points after $24,000 in spend, for a maximum total of 1000 PQPs that count for status up to the Platinum level. (This credit card spend won’t help earn 1K status.) However,
At the same time that we’re decreasing the published program’s PQP requirements, via a promotion from May 1 – December 31, 2020, we’re doubling (for United Explorer cards) or quadrupling (for United Club cards) the maximum number of PQP that Cardmembers can earn from card spending during 2020 to help achieve a higher level of status than you already have. More details to come later.
- The UnitedSM Explorer Card has a limited time offer to earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. It has a $0 annual fee the first year then $95.
- The New! United ClubSM Infinite Card comes with United Club membership and has an offer to earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Annual fee is $525.
United is also waiving award redeposit fees for travel through May 31, 2020 (this needs to be extended farther out) and also waiving redeposit fees for award ticket cancellations made more than 30 days prior to departure through end of December 31, 2020.
The airline also promises to “mak[e] it easier to earn status in 2021 for the 2022 program year” but have not yet announced what that will look like.