Status in 2015 would require not just miles flown in 2014, but a minimum amount of spending for each status level as well.
- Silver: $2500 minimum qualifying revenue
- Gold: $5000 minimum qualifying revenue
- Platinum: $7500 minimum qualifying revenue
- 1K: $10,000 minimum qualifying revenue
Anyone with an address outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia is exempt. Military and diplomatic (APO, DPO or FPO) addresses are exempt from the revenue requirement.
In addition they announced a one-year exemption for earning status up to Platinum (but not 1K) for Legacy Presidential Plus cardmembers and for co-brand credit card members who spend $25,000 on the card in a year.
No one expected this to be one year only, but United has been silent on extending this exemption. Until now, oddly, and via Twitter.
Assuming we can rely on United to tell us what United’s policies are, spend on a United co-brand credit card in 2015 will allow US members of MileagePlus to earn elite status up to Platinum based on miles flown alone, waiving the minimum ticket spend requirement.
Which, to me, is important given United’s challenges in actually tracking revenue.