United Airlines now only counts spending – and not miles – for earning elite status. You can either straight up count your spending, or you can count the number of flights taken and spending. Miles aren’t even a part of the equation.
The crazy thing is that many customers spending enough to earn top elite status in United’s new program probably don’t even benefit much from the status.
|Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) +|
|Level||Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF)||Premier Qualifying Points Only|
|Silver||4000 PQP + 12 PQF||5000 PQP|
|Gold||8000 PQP + 24 PQF||10,000 PQP|
|Platinum||12,000 PQP + 36 PQF||15,000 PQP|
|1K||18,000 PQP + 54 PQF||24,000 PQP|
United’s new metric is “PQPs” and “PQFs,” they say, because that’s ‘simpler.’ Go to their website, though, and they haven’t even gotten their act together to display elite status tracking for 2020. They still show miles, segments, and dollars. And this isn’t merely academic now that United promised to post activity to MileagePlus accounts within 2.5 minutes of gate arrival.
United says they’ll have it all fixed by Friday.
For flights in 2020, you’ll earn Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP), which will begin appearing in your account on January 3 at 2:00 a.m. CT. Until this time, your 2020 Premier qualifying balances and flight accruals will not be displayed, but rest assured that any activity starting January 1, 2020, is being counted on our end and will be displayed correctly on January 3.
They want your money, more money than ever before, but can’t even make the investment to be ready for their own new system in time. Sad.
Maybe they can spend some of these new elite qualifying dollars on working IT, or working inflight internet?