|United 737-900ER in Denver|
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
United is Selling Half of Premier Status
The United Airlines premier qualification system is somewhat complex with four components. To qualify you have to do the following in a calendar year: fly four segments on United (Express and Copa count on all these), spend a certain amount of money on fares on United (taxes, fees, and Star Alliance partners not included), and either fly (all partners count) a certain number of segments (PQS) or miles (PQM). A tad complicated for my tastes and most members too I suspect.
If you are running short of segments or miles, United will sell them to you for an exorbitant fee, 15,000 PQM / 15 PQS - $1950 14,000 PQM / 14 PQS - $1820 13,000 PQM / 13 PQS - $1690 12,000 PQM / 12 PQS - $1560 11,000 PQM / 11 PQS - $1430 10,000 PQM / 10 PQS - $1300 9,000 PQM / 9 PQS - $1170 8,000 PQM / 8 PQS - $1040 7,000 PQM / 7 PQS - $910 6,000 PQM / 6 PQS - $780 5,000 PQM / 5 PQS - $650 4,000 PQM / 4 PQS - $520 3,000 PQM / 3 PQS - $390 2,000 PQM / 2 PQS - $260 1,000 PQM / 1 PQS - $130. I’d rather just book a cheap flight or two and enjoy a weekend of flying around. These trips also help with spending requirements while also adding to my million miler total. My goal is to hit a million miles with United and relax because I’ll have lifetime Gold status. Until then the annual premier qualification math and email offers like this will bug me.