Status challenges exist to steal business from competing airlines and hotel chains. United Airlines offers their Global Services with unpublished requirements and does not allow status matches to the exclusive tier, but it appears they now offer a challenge – and that’s better than nothing.
From the anecdotal evidence I have gathered, a Global Services challenge is available to those who held the status in the previous year but did not get granted the status in the current year. The first step is to check the website (as it could be in process) at mystatus.united.com.
Assuming you have not achieved Global Services from travel the previous year, you can request a status audit. Presumably, you can ask for this any time you feel like you may be eligible for Global Services in your given market but are unlikely to be approved unless you previously held GS and may have simply been overlooked in the last year.
Without a doubt, current 1K status would be a requirement and this does not appear to be a true open challenge but rather, to an extremely limited group of whom have already qualified in the past.
How High Is The Challenge?
As I posted last year, United offers limited public status challenges (which require a match from a competing carrier at the same level) to Silver, Gold and Platinum Premier levels. They do not publicly offer a status match or challenge to 1K nor Global Services.
However, for those that lost Global Services but want a challenge to regain it, they have a different type of requirement. While Delta recently changed to require some level of spending with respect to their status challenges, United and American have not followed suit – that is, with the exclusion of the Global Services challenges.
Here is what each United status challenge requires during the 90-day challenge period:
- Silver Premier Status (7,000 miles or 8 segments)
- Gold Premier Status (12,500 miles or 15 segments)
- Platinum Premier Status (18,000 miles or 22 segments)
- 1K Premier Status (32,000 miles or 45 segments)
- Global Services ($15,000 in base flight spend over 90 days)
While neither the 1K nor Global Services are public offers they seem to be available generally. In fact, there is a record on the internet from as early as 2015 from what I could quickly find, that the same challenge existed then.
Is There a Concierge Key Version?
The Points Guy found a similar offer midway through last year for American’s Concierge Key at a slightly higher, $16,000 in the same 90 days. Both suggest that required spending for the prestigious invite-only status are around $60,000 annually, though other data points indicate that as little as half as much can be good enough to get you in the door. Delta does not seem to offer an equivalent challenge.
Have you ever heard of a Global Services status challenge before? Even if you couldn’t make $60k this year, could you push $15,000 through in 90 days to complete it? Would it be worth it if you did?