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In November, United announced that it was increasing the qualification requirements for elite status in 2024 (what you need to achieve in 2023 to reach status). It also noted that it would help existing Premier members (at all levels) get there faster with a jumpstart bonus of Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) deposited into their accounts in early February.
Those bonus Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) started arriving yesterday. The amounts vary by status as seen above (Global Services members also receive 2,500 PQP, which is the equivalent of spending $2,500 on airfare).
As I wrote about last month, I did not retain Global Services status in 2023, but did qualify for Premier 1K® (no soft landing, I actually qualified). I’m not sure how much I’ll use the 1K® status this year as I’m planning on flying mostly Delta, but we’ll see. The PQPs hit my account this morning.
If you held Premier status as of February 1st, you will receive a PQP deposit according to your status level. If you received status from a status match, you will not receive the bonus. This bonus will also be deposited next year as long as you hold Premier status that you earned in 2023. I’m not sure why United raised the requirements and then started giving bonuses, but that is its prerogative.
United Premier Status is Harder to Achieve This Year
As a reminder, Premier status is more difficult to achieve this year. The amounts needed to earn status for next year are above.
Anthony’s Take: I won’t be flying United as much this year, but this will help me on my way to requalify for 1K®. Any bonus is always a gift, but with higher qualifications it makes you wonder why United didn’t just lower the thresholds for each level.
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