You will earn PQD on the following:
You earn PQD for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges on eligible flights. Basic Economy and certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque fares, do not earn PQD. Just as with Premier qualifying miles (PQM) and Premier qualifying segments (PQS), we will credit the account of the member who travels, not the member who purchases the ticket.
PQD will count toward qualification in the year when you travel, not necessarily in the year when you purchase the ticket, as long as the flight is eligible to earn PQD.
You will earn PQD for Economy Plus purchases, whether a one-time purchase or a subscription.
PQD from one-time Economy Plus purchases credit to the member who travels in Economy Plus seating. PQD from Economy Plus subscriptions credit to the holder of the subscription.
No. The only non-ticket purchases that may earn PQD are Economy Plus purchases.
No. Government-imposed taxes, fees and charges do not count toward PQD.
No matter where you purchase your ticket, flights operated by United and United Express are eligible for PQD, even when marketed by another airline or issued on another airline’s ticket.
When flying with Star Alliance and MileagePlus partner airlines, you will earn PQD as long as the ticket is issued by United (ticket number starting with "016").
All tickets issued through United channels, such as united.com, are issued as United tickets (ticket number starting with "016"). As always, be sure to include your MileagePlus number in your reservation.
Basic Economy and certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque fares, do not earn PQD. Find additional information about earning PQD when you fly in the PQD terms and conditions.
No. Eligible flights can be purchased with any form of payment accepted by United.
Yes. When a ticket is purchased and a dollar-value credit is applied as a form of payment for some or all of the ticket value, the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharge amount quoted before applying the credit will count toward PQD for eligible flights.
Yes. When a discount (such as percent-off or dollar-off certificate or code) is applied, it adjusts the base fare to reflect a new discounted price. This new base fare is displayed along with any carrier-imposed surcharges, and this total amount will count toward PQD on eligible flights. Please check your ticket receipt for the discounted base fare and the carrier-imposed surcharges.
Yes, however, PQD will not credit to your account automatically. Please call 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) to request PQD credit. For general questions about missing credit (award miles, PQM, PQS, PQD), call 1-800-421-4655.
No. Basic Economy tickets are not eligible to receive PQD.
Your PQD balance will display alongside your PQM and PQS balances on your “My Account” page on united.com. The PQD you earn for each eligible flight and Economy Plus purchase will show on your “Account Activity” page.
PQD from eligible flights and one-time Economy Plus purchases will usually credit to your account two days after you take your flight.
PQD from Economy Plus subscription purchases will usually credit to your account two days after purchase, or for recipients of a gifted Economy Plus subscription, two days after activation. If you have an existing Economy Plus subscription, PQD will credit two days after the renewal is purchased.
We use an industry-standard method to determine the portion of the ticket’s base fare and carrier-imposed surcharge value to allocate to each eligible flight segment. This method takes into account both the distance of the flight and the cabin you purchased.
You can view your progress toward the PQD waiver at mystatus.united.com
For questions about your Net Purchase balance that counts toward the PQD waiver, please call the Chase number on the back of your credit card.
The PQD requirement only applies to members whose primary address on their MileagePlus account is in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Members who use U.S. military or diplomatic addresses (APO, DPO or FPO) are exempt from the PQD requirement.
No. In order to earn Premier status, you will need to:
Please note that certain waivers to the PQD requirement apply in 2017.
No. The PQD requirement for Premier qualification will not affect any Premier status earned by being a Million Miler. However, if you are a Million Miler and want to qualify for a higher Premier status, the PQD qualification requirements will apply.
No. Spending on your credit card does not earn PQD.
However, in 2017, the PQD requirement for Premier Silver, Premier Gold and Premier Platinum qualification is waived for primary Cardmembers whose address with MileagePlus is within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and who, in combination with their authorized users, spend at least $25,000 in Net Purchases during the applicable calendar year on MileagePlus co-branded credit cards issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Net Purchases made between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, will count toward the $25,000 threshold in the applicable year.
There is no PQD waiver for Premier 1K® qualification.
Net Purchases are purchases of goods and services made by you or any authorized user on your account minus any returns or refunds, and do not include balance transfers, cash advances, cash-like charges such as travelers checks, foreign currency, and money orders, any checks that are used to access your account, overdraft advances, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. Purchases made by authorized users will qualify toward the primary Cardmember’s Net Purchases total but authorized users are not eligible for the PQD Waiver. If the primary Cardmember has multiple MileagePlus Chase credit cards, Net Purchases on those cards will be combined to calculate the $25,000 spend for the PQD waiver.
In 2017, the PQD requirement for Premier Silver, Premier Gold and Premier Platinum qualification is waived for primary United MileagePlus Presidential Plus Card members whose accounts are open and not in default. There is no PQD waiver for Premier 1K qualification.
Please note that the Presidential Plus card is no longer available to new applicants.
Yes, provided that your cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A., you are the primary Cardmember for all applicable cards, and your accounts are open and not in default, then the Net Purchases during the same calendar year on those cards will be combined toward the $25,000 spend for the PQD waiver for the applicable calendar year. See the PQD terms and conditions for more information about qualifying Net Purchases.
For information about the MileagePlus Premier program, please visit the Premier Benefits and More page.