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 Level||Old PQD||New 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.