United MileagePlus Premier Program Changes for 2023
United Airlines revealed today some big changes to its 2023 MileagePlus Premier program. The airline says these updates with give you more opportunities to achieve Premier status and allow United to provide more value and benefits to all members. But in fact it’s a mixed bag of good and bad news. Check out the details provided by United Airlines.
Qualification requirements for Premier status
In addition to flying a minimum of 4 flight segments on United or United Express, you’ll need to earn a combination of Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP) or a certain number of PQP to qualify for each Premier status level through January 31, 2025, based on your activity between January 1 and December 31, 2023.
PQF = Premier qualifying flights | PQP = Premier qualifying points
New features and changes in 2023
For the past two years, we adjusted our MileagePlus Premier program requirements to reflect the frequency of travel during uncertain times. With travel now in full swing, our standard requirements are returning. But we are giving you a boost and adding new qualifying activities to our 2023 MileagePlus Premier program.
Jumpstart your PQP balance
United Airlines is giving you a head start on your status goals to make retaining or upgrading status easier. In early 2023, we will automatically deposit PQP into MileagePlus accounts based on the 2023 Premier status you reached at the end of 2022. All members with Premier status as of February 1, 2023, except for those that hold Trial status, will receive PQP deposits applied to their 2023 balances, according to their status level. Eligible members will enjoy this head start toward status in 2024 as well.
Qualifying for award tickets
Yet another positive change is that when you use MileagePlus miles for award flights operated by United or United Express, you are now eligible to earn Premier qualifying credits. Eligible award flights will help you achieve status with 1 PQP earned per 100 miles redeemed, as well as 1 PQF earned per United or United Express flight.
PQP and PQF from qualifying award flights will count toward earning all status levels, whether through both PQF and PQP or PQP only thresholds. PQP from award flights will also count towards earning incremental PlusPoints for eligible members. Learn more.
Increased credit card PQP caps
For 2023, the maximum PQP able to be earned for card spend will double for the United Quest℠ card from 3,000 to 6,000 PQP and for the United Club℠ Infinite card from 4,000 to 8,000 PQP. Eligible United℠ MileagePlus Chase Cardmembers will continue to earn 500 PQP per $12,000 spent. The maximum number of PQP that can be earned on eligible card spend in a calendar year across multiple credit cards has increased from 5,000 PQP to 15,000 PQP, making it even easier to reach Premier status goals through card spend.
Award ticket redeposit fee removal
Yet more good news here, as all redeposit fees associated with canceling award travel have been removed. United was the first airline to permanently eliminate change fees early in the pandemic so it’s good to finally see them get rid of award ticket redeposit fees as well.
Earn more PlusPoints
United is the only U.S. global airline that allows you to earn unlimited extra upgrade points after reaching the highest published status level. To align with travel returning to normal levels, Premier 1K members will earn incremental PlusPoints for every 3,000 PQP earned beyond 18,000 PQP (starting at 21,000 PQP) once they have met the published Premier 1K requirements in 2023.
United Airlines is making some big changes to its MileagePlus Premier program for 2023. The bad news is that there are increased requirements to earn status going forward. For Premier 1K for example, if you don’t fly 54 flights per year, you will need to spend $24,000 on tickets to keep your status.
But while United is increasing requirements, it’s also giving you some extra options to get there quicker. You can now earn Premier qualifying credits with award tickets and the number of PQPs you can earn from United credit card spend has been doubled. Additionally there’s a a jumpstart bonus.
Let me know what you think about these changes, and how they affect you.