Without fanfare or any sort of announcement at all, United Airlines has extended the elite status of some MileagePlus members for another full year and extended the validity of PlusPoints for 6-12 months.
United Airlines Extends MileagePlus Elite Status Through January 31, 2023
Yesterday, I noticed that the expiration of my PlusPoints had been extended from January 31, 2022 to July 31, 2022, representing a six month extension. Then yesterday evening I noticed that my digital 1K card had a new expiration date: January 31, 2023.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I am very close, but even with the quarterly promotions have not re-qualified for 1K status for 2023 (I would have next week).
Navigating to FlyerTalk, I saw that many other United MileagePlus members have received a status extension for another year…it was not just me. MileagePlus status earned in 2019 for 2020 and extended last year through 2021 has now been extended through 2022.
However, not every elite member has received a status extension…at least not yet. It is not clear why United chose some and passed over others or if United is simply in the process of updating everyone’s elite status.
United Airlines Extends PlusPoints 7-12 Months
And not just status, but Plus Points too. Plus Points represent United’s upgrade currency and are given to Platinum and 1K members upon hitting status. United has taken a bifurcated approach to Plus Points extension:
- Those who have already re-qualified for status in 2021 (for 2022) through flying now have all their PlusPoints expiring on January 31, 2023
- Those who have not re-qualified for status through flying now have all their PlusPoints expiring on July 31, 2023.
- MileagePlus Platinum and 1K members who have received a complimentary status extension rather than earned it have not (yet) received a new allotment of PlusPoints.
At time of publishing, United Airlines has not offered a statement to Live and Let’s Fly concerning this news.
United becomes the last major U.S. airline to offer a status extension, following in the footsteps of Delta and American (American Airlines has only offered a two-month status extensions). At this point, however, it does not appear that everyone received a status extension. Those top-tier elite members who did not earn status through flying in 2021 have not received a new allotment of PlusPoints (nor did they last year). United has yet to officially confirm the news, but we will update this story once we hear back from United.
Has your United status been extended? Will this move make you more loyal to United in 2022?