United Airlines will not raise spending requirements to earn MileagePlus Premier elite status in 2024. In fact, it will still give a starter bonus, as it has the last two years.
No Change To United MileagePlus Premier Status Spending Requirements In 2024
While United has strongly hinted it would not significantly modify status requirements in 2024 (2025 program year), the news is now official: spending requirements will remain identical to current levels.
Next year, in order to earn elite you will need to spend (and potentially fly) at the following levels:
|Premier status||PQF + PQP||Or PQP only|
|Premier Silver||12 PQF and 4,000 PQP||5,000 PQP|
|Premier Gold||24 PQF and 8,000 PQP||10,000 PQP|
|Premier Platinum||36 PQF and 12,000 PQP||15,000 PQP|
|Premier 1K||54 PQF and 18,000 PQP||24,000 PQP|
Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF) represent segments and Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) represent dollars spent. You can offset the spending requirements by flying quite a bit on United Airlines or on a partner.
As always, a minimum of four segments on United Airlines are necessary to achieve elite status, except for those with MillionMiler status.
Earning on Star Alliance + Other Partners – Distance Matters
All Star Alliance and select partner tickets, even when not booked with United, can count toward meeting your PQP minimum.
United does not have access to your ticket prices, so will instead award PQPs based upon a fraction of the redeemable miles you will earn on the flight.
|Star Alliance partner||PQP total*|
|Preferred partner PQP||Award miles divided by 5|
|MileagePlus partner PQP||Award miles divided by 6|
*PQPs are capped at 1,500 PQPs per segment for business or first class or 750 PQPs per segment for economy or premium economy class on preferred partners or 1,000 PQPs / 500 PQPs (respectively) on other partners.
Preferred partners include:
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air New Zealand
- All Nippon Airways
- Austrian Airlines
- Azul Brazilian Airlines
- Brussels Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- SWISS International Airlines
It is a bit confusing, but perhaps an example will help.
Let’s say you are flying a J fare on a Lufthansa-issued ticket from LAX-FRA. Currently, J fares earn 200% of actual miles flown. That means the 5,806 mile journey earns 11,612 award miles.
United award PQPs based upon dividing that award mile amount by five for preferred partners and six for other partners. So since Lufthansa is a preferred partner, divide 11,612 by 5 and you get 2,322.40 PQP. However, PQPs on partner flights are capped at 1,000 in business or first so you would earn only 1,500 PQP.
Why No Major Changes To MileagePlus? Even Head Start PQPs Are Coming.
While Delta greatly increased requirements, scaled them back, but still ultimately substantial raised the requirements, particularly for top-tier Diamond status, United has is not even raising spending requirements to correlate with inflation.
We’re staying loyal to MileagePlus members the same way they’ve remained loyal to us by keeping 2023 Premier status qualification requirements in place for 2024. That includes continuing to give members a head start with PQP deposits, which they’ll receive once again in early 2024 to use toward their status goals.
Those head start PQPs will deposited based upon year-end MileagePlus status and be half the amount that were deposited this year:
- Premier Silver: 250 PQPs (versus 500 PQPs this year)
- Premier Gold: 500 PQPs (versus 1,000 PQPs this year)
- Premier Platinum: 750 PQPs (versus 1,500 PQPs this year)
- Premier 1K: 1,250 PQPs (versus 2,500 PQPs this year)
United Airlines has officially unveiled its elite status program for next year and the changes are muted in terms of required spending. You will need to spend the same this year as last to achieve elite status and you will even receive a starter bonus in February once again.
But that’s not all the changes…
Shortly, I’ll discuss how United will make it easier to earn elite status with credit card spending in 2024.
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