United Airlines has confirmed that select MileagePlus members were granted a status extension and also announced that elite qualification requirements will be reduced once again next year.
United Confirms Elite Status Extension – Limited To Select MileagePlus Members
In a statement to Live and Let’s Fly, United confirmed it had extended the status of “select” Premier members as an “extra gesture” to show appreciation for their loyalty:
“We know many of our most loyal customers haven’t been able to travel and earn like they used to, so as an extra gesture to show that we understand and appreciate their loyalty, we’re extending PlusPoints and select Premier members’ status. On Monday, we will distribute a customer email with this news to qualifying Premier members.”
United also confirmed that it will extend the expiration of PlusPoints for all members, depending upon their 2021 travel patterns. Those who earned re-earned elite status at the same or highly tier by reaching published levels or through the Fly to the Finish Promotion will see their PlusPoints have been extended one year to 1/31/2023. Other flyers will see their PlusPoints extended six months to 7/31/2022.
Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members who were gifted a status extension will not receive additional PlusPoints in the new year.
While it not clear whether a specific formula was used to consistently choose elite members which qualified for the gifted status extension, United looked at members who were impacted by closed borders, restricted international travel, and company travel restrictions.
Reduced Requirements For Earning Status Will Continue In 2022
Live and Let’s Fly has also learned that United will again offer a reduced threshold for elite status qualification in 2022. It will resemble the 2021 structure, with the following spending and/or segments required to earn elite status in 2022:
- Silver – 3,000 PQP/8 PQF or 3,500 PQP
- Gold – 6,000 PQP/16 PQF or 7,000 PQP
- Platinum – 9,000 PQP/24 PQF or 10,000 PQP
- 1K – 13,500 PQP/36 PQF or 15,000 PQP
United will continue to monitor travel trends and restrictions in deciding whether to offer bonuses or gifted Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) as it has each quarter this year.
United Airlines has confirmed it has offered a number of MileagePlus elites a complimentary status extension, but not everyone…at least not yet. PlusPoints will be extended for all members and United will maintain lower earning thresholds for elite status next year.
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