United Offers Premier Members the Opportunity to Buy Up to Next Level

by Anthony Losanno

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Last week, United quietly extended the status of many members that did not requalify in 2022 for the same status they had previously held. These extensions seem to have been mostly granted to members with mailing addresses outside of the United States.

UA Buyup Status

Today, United went live with offers to buy up to the next Premier level. These offers can either be paid for with cash or miles and reports on FlyerTalk indicate that these rates are rather exorbitant. Click here to see if you have an offer. There are no offers to upgrade to Global Services. Here are some examples:

  • Premier Gold to Platinum for $2,768 or 307,500 miles
  • Premier Gold to Platinum for $3,374 or 337,410 miles
  • Premier Silver to Gold for $2,758 or 275,760
  • Premier Platinum to 1K® for $8,372, or 837,200 miles
  • Premier Silver to Gold for $3,590 or 359,010 miles
  • Premier Gold to Platinum for $7,674 or 852,667 miles
  • Premier Platinum to 1K® for $4,584 or 509,333 miles
  • Premier Platinum to 1K® for $9,359 or 935,900 miles

These offers are really costly and one will need to weigh what incremental value they would receive from upgrading their status. I can’t imagine spending this much for an upgrade to status.

UA Jumpstart

MileagePlus members that took advantage of the offer are noting that United is promising to deposit the PQPs (Premier Qualifying Points) based on the purchased status. These will be deposited after February 1st. The PQPs will be deposited based on status in the amounts above.

Anthony’s Take: Spending thousands of dollars or hundreds of thousands of miles doesn’t seem like a wise investment to move up a tier in the MileagePlus program. This money would be better spent on EconomyPlus seats and buy-ups to first class versus spending this to attain an inflated Premier level.

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Pete January 19, 2023 - 8:10 am

Almost $7,000 to go from Platinum to 1K for me. Yikes!

Alex H January 19, 2023 - 1:14 pm

$2600 to go from silver to gold. Not too bad, considering. I’ll hit gold anyways this year on my travel.


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