Loyal reader Mark P. sends me this note:
United extended my 1k status for 2015 due to my “long term commitment to United”. I flew over 126,000 miles, 48 segments, and [had] $7000 in [Premier Qualifying Dollars]. I also had over $25,000 spend on the United [credit card] to qualify for the waiver to get me to Platinum.
For 2014 spending towards 2015 status you had to spend at least $2500 for Silver, $5000 for Gold, $7500 for Platinum, and $10,000 for 1K status.
For 2015 they increased the spending requirements by the same 20% as Delta.
As before these requirements should only apply to members with US addresses (they’ve cracked down on address changes), and members who spend $25,000 or more on a co-brand United credit card during the year can earn up to Platinum status regardless of their spend on United tickets. (United isn’t even all that good at tracking revenue.)
Spending on the United credit card doesn’t exempt members from the minimum requirement for 1K status. You can spend $25,000 on the United Explorer card (or other United cards) and then it doesn’t matter how much revenue you give United your flying alone can earn Mileage Plus Premier Platinum status. But no matter how much you spend on their co-brand cards, you have to meet the minimum spend requirement in addition to flying requirements for 1K status.
Except when you don’t, as in Mark P’s case where he flew enough for 1K status but didn’t spend enough and United, it seems, gave the status to him anyway.