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As much as I love flying with United Airlines, over the past year or so, their frequent flyer programme has descended dramatically. With a combination of massively devaluating their award chart for premium cabin travel, imposing a revenue requirement, and also if that wasn’t enough, changing MileagePlus to be a revenue-based programme.

I was going to switch from Miles&More to MileagePlus last year. So. freaking. glad. I. didn’t. Long story short, United is basically copying every single move that Delta is making. They change something, United follows a couple of weeks later. The most recent change came this week, United is raising the Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD) required to attain/maintain status with them.


Premier LevelOld PQDNew PQD
Premier Silver$2.5k USD$3k USD
Premier Gold$5k USD$6k USD
Premier Platinum$7.5k USD$9k USD
Premier 1K$10k USD$12k USD

Of course MileagePlus members with an address outside of the United States are exempt from this requirement. It is really sad to see United do this as I think before all of the recent changes, MileagePlus was actually a good programme.

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