Premier status

MileagePlus® Premier® status gives you an elevated travel experience at every step of your journey. Premier members enjoy benefits like complimentary access to Economy Plus® and preferred seating, waived fees, upgrades, priority travel services and more.

We’re making it easier to reach Premier status

We know you still might not be traveling as much as you used to, which is why we’re taking steps to make it easier to reach Premier status through 2022.

You’ll still need to fly a minimum of 4 flight segments on United or United Express® to qualify for Premier status, but here’s a breakdown of the other requirements:

Premier requirements chart
2022 Premier status

Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)

Or PQP only
Premier Silver 8 PQF + 3,000 PQP 3,500 PQP
Premier Gold 16 PQF + 6,000 PQP 7,000 PQP
Premier Platinum 24 PQF + 9,000 PQP 10,000 PQP
Premier 1K® 36 PQF + 13,500 PQP 15,000 PQP

Premier requirements chart

  • Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)

    8 PQF + 3,000 PQP
  • Or PQP only

    3,500 PQP

  • Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)

    16 PQF + 6,000 PQP
  • Or PQP only

    7,000 PQP

  • Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)

    24 PQF + 9,000 PQP
  • Or PQP only

    10,000 PQP

  • Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)

    36 PQF + 13,500 PQP
  • Or PQP only

    15,000 PQP

Footnotes

  • 2022 Premier status expires January 31, 2023.

  • No distance requirement: With United, there’s no distance requirement to earn status, so you can qualify with just PQP, or PQP and PQF, and every flight gets you closer to earning Premier benefits.
  • Jump-start your journey toward Premier status: We’ll automatically add PQP to your MileagePlus account based on the 2021 Premier status you hold at the end of 2020. You’ll receive the PQP no later than February 1, 2021, to give you a head start on maintaining your current status or reaching a higher status level.
  • Reach Premier 1K with PQP earned from your eligible credit card: For the 2021 program year, we’re also making changes to the way some of our credit cards earn PQP and qualify for Premier status. Now, PQP earned from your United MileagePlus credit card — including the United Explorer Card — count toward Premier 1K status when you meet the PQF requirement. Learn more
  • Your PlusPoints benefits are getting an upgrade: If you have PlusPoints that expire on or after January 1, 2021, we have some good news. We’re extending PlusPoints by an additional six months beyond their expiration to give you more time to use your upgrade benefits on upcoming trips. This includes all PlusPoints earned from 2019 and 2020 activity. Eligible PlusPoints will be extended no later than December 15, 2020. Additionally, as a special promotion in 2021, we’re making it easier to earn extra PlusPoints after reaching Premier 1K status. We’re still the only U.S. global airline that offers members of our highest published status level unlimited opportunities to earn upgrades.

For full details, and to learn more about all of the changes we’ve made, visit mileageplusupdates.com

 

Our Premier status levels

The number of flights you take and value of the tickets you've purchased will help you achieve Premier status. These earnings are shown as Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP)1. Learn more about how to qualify

In addition to flying a minimum of 4 flight segments on United or United Express, here’s what you’ll need to qualify for 2022 Premier status, based on your travel activity in 2021:

Premier Silver
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8 PQF and 3,000 PQP or 3,500 PQP


Top benefits:

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Eligible for Complimentary Premier Upgrades

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Complimentary access to Economy Plus4 at check-in for you + 1 companion

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1 complimentary checked bag (70 lbs./32 kg)

7x

miles earned on every flight

Premier gold
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16 PQF and 6,000 PQP or 7,000 PQP


Top benefits:

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2 complimentary checked bags (70 lbs./32 kg)

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Complimentary access to Economy Plus4 at booking for you + 1 companion

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Star Alliance™ Gold status

8x

miles earned on every flight

Premier platinum
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24 PQF and 9,000 PQP or 10,000 PQP


Top benefits:

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40 PlusPoints upon meeting the requirements for Premier Platinum status

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Complimentary access to Economy Plus4 for you + 8 companions

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3 complimentary checked bags (70 lbs./32 kg)

9x

miles earned on every flight

Premier 1K
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36 PQF and 13,500 PQP or 15,000 PQP


Top benefits:

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280 PlusPoints upon meeting requirements for Premier 1K status

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Pre-boarding

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1 free drink and snack in Economy10

11x

miles earned on every flight

Learn more about how to qualify for Premier status in 2020.

Looking for details? Compare the benefits at each level.

MileagePlus credit cardmembers can earn PQP toward Premier status, too.


Join the MileagePlus program today to start your journey to Premier status — members earn 5X miles for every flight.

 

MileagePlus Premier status offers an enhanced travel experience at every step

Learn more about how to qualify for Premier status in 2020.

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MileagePlus credit cardmembers can earn PQP toward Premier status, too.

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MileagePlus Premier status offers an enhanced travel experience at every step



At the airport

Benefits like complimentary checked bags2 and the ability to change your flight at check-in and confirm a seat with no change fee help make your airport experience smoother and more convenient whenever you fly United.3

  • Compare airport benefits at each level
    BenefitSilverGoldPlatinum1K
    Priority check-incheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority security screening, where offeredcheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority boardingBoarding Group 2Boarding Group 1Boarding Group 1BoardingPre-board
    Complimentary checked bags in Economy, 70 lbs. (32 kg)1 complimentary checked bag2 complimentary checked bags3 complimentary checked bags3 complimentary checked bags
    3 complimentary checked bags in premium cabin, 70 lbs. (32 kg)checkmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    United Club℠ annual membership discountNot availableNot available$50 discount$100 discount
    Access to most sold-out flightsY-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departureY-class ticket, at least 24 hrs. before departureY-class ticket, at least 2 hrs. before departureY- or B-class ticket, at least 1.5 hrs. before departure
    Confirmed flight changes within 24 hours of departure7Free within same fare classFree within same fare classFree within same fare classFree within same fare class
    CLEAR® discounted annual membership$109$109$109Waived


In flight

Let us make your flight a little more comfortable with complimentary access to Economy Plus seating4, eligibility for complimentary Premier upgrades5 and more on United flights.

  • Compare in-flight benefits at each level
    BenefitSilverGoldPlatinum1K
    Complimentary Premier Upgrades (as early as)Day of departure48 hours72 hours96 hours
    Complimentary access to Economy Plus or preferred seatingPreferred seating at booking; Economy Plus at check-inAt bookingAt bookingAt booking
    Complimentary Economy Plus for travel companions1188
    Preferred seating for travel companions8888
    Instant upgrades to the premium cabin on Economy ticketsY or B class faresY or B class faresY or B class faresY, B or M class fares
    PlusPointsNot availableNot available40*+280 additional*
    1 free drink and 1 snack in Economy**Not availableNot availableNot availablecheckmarkavailable

    *PlusPoints will be available starting December 4, 2019, to members who have met all the requirements for Platinum or 1K status. Members can earn incremental PlusPoints when they keep flying beyond 1K status.

    **Due to COVID-19, we’ve made some temporary changes to our inflight service, so we won’t be handing out individual snacks and beverages. Learn more about our current inflight offerings.

    alert icon We’ve introduced a new, innovative upgrade benefit, replacing Regional Premier Upgrades and Global Premier Upgrades with PlusPoints. For more information, see mileageplusupdates.com


  • Compare benefits at each level while Earning and using miles
    BenefitSilverGoldPlatinum1K
    Extra miles per dollar on United®, United Express® and select partner airlines7X fare68X fare69X fare611X fare6
    No blackout dates for award flights on United and United Expresscheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Better award availability in Economycheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Better award availability in select premium cabinsNot availableNot availablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority award waitlistingcheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Standby for international award flightscheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable


Support and customer service

Our Premier members receive special resources and perks, like a Priority Desk phone line for quick help when it matters most.

  • Compare customer service benefits at each level
    BenefitSilverGoldPlatinum1K
    Premier Priority Desk phone linecheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmarkcheckmark
    Phone booking service fees$25$25WaivedWaived
    Fee for changing or canceling an award ticket with redeposit 31 or more days before departureNo feeNo feeNo feeNo fee
    Fee for changing an award ticket for travel originating in the U.S. 30 or fewer days before departureNo feeNo feeNo feeNo fee
    Fee for canceling an award ticket for travel originating in the U.S. with miles redeposit 30 or fewer days before departure$100$75$50No fee
    Fee for changing or canceling international award tickets that do not originate in the U.S. 30 or fewer days before departure$100$75$50No fee

    Learn more about award ticketing and service fees8



Star Alliance partner benefits

Premier members also get Star Alliance Silver or Gold status, meaning you’ll enjoy recognition and benefits on all Star Alliance member airlines. And you’ll earn Premier qualifying credit1 when traveling to more than 1,200 destinations. Star Alliance Gold members also have access to the largest lounge network in the world. Learn more about lounge access.


  • Compare benefits at each level for Star Alliance partners
    BenefitStar SilverStar Gold
    Priority reservations waitlisting2checkmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority airport standby3checkmarkavailablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority airport check-in3Not availablecheckmarkavailable
    Extra baggage allowance4Not availablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority baggage handlingNot availablecheckmarkavailable
    Gold Track (Priority Security and Immigration)5Not availablecheckmarkavailable
    Airport lounge access6Not availablecheckmarkavailable
    Priority boarding3Not availablecheckmarkavailable

    Footnotes

    • On eligible fare classes, which vary by Star Alliance member airline.
    • Not permitted for Star Alliance award tickets.
    • Where available.
    • On eligible flights operated by United and United Express as well as most connecting travel on Star Alliance member airlines. Your eligibility depends on the airline you check in with (which is the airline operating your itinerary’s first flight). Please refer to each airline's bag policies for further information.
    • To see where Gold Track (Priority Security & Immigration) is available, visit staralliance.com/gold-track
    • The following rules and restrictions apply:
      • When traveling on a Star Alliance member-operated flight, eligible Star Alliance Gold members (MileagePlus Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold) may visit designated Star Alliance member lounges. United Star Alliance Gold members may access any United Club only when holding a boarding pass for a same-day international Star Alliance member flight. United Star Alliance Gold members may access other Star Alliance member lounges before any departure on a Star Alliance member airline flight.
      • Guests must enter with eligible Star Alliance Gold members (MileagePlus Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold) and must depart on a Star Alliance airline, though not necessarily on the same flight as the member. At some destinations, where no member carrier lounge is present, a contract lounge may be available. Star Alliance Gold members may access these facilities when traveling with a Star Alliance member airline that has an agreement with the contract lounge. The same rules and restrictions for member carrier lounge access apply to a contract lounge facility.

    The benefits of Star Alliance Silver status and Star Alliance Gold status are subject to change and subject to the rules of Star Alliance.



MileagePlus partners

Premier members enjoy exclusive offers through our partners, like complimentary elite status with Marriott Bonvoy™ and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards®. Many other partners offer preferred rates. Learn more about earning and using miles.

MileagePlus rules: The accrual of miles and Premier® qualifying credits, redemption of awards and provision of benefits through the United MileagePlus program, including the Premier Program, are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the MileagePlus program. See the complete rules and details of the MileagePlus program

Terms and conditions

Footnotes

  • The fare is the base fare of the ticket plus carrier-imposed surcharges, excluding any government-imposed taxes and surcharges. For tickets purchased in a currency other than U.S. dollars, we will convert the purchase to U.S. dollars using an industry standard exchange rate and then calculate the number of miles you will earn. Please note that the price displayed when purchasing a ticket on united.com includes up to a 7.5% U.S. Federal Transportation Tax on the base amount of the fare on itineraries wholly within the United States. This tax also applies to certain itineraries between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You will not earn PQP or award miles for the full amount of the displayed price for these itineraries because the U.S. Federal Transportation tax is not eligible to earn PQP or miles.
  • Complimentary checked baggage allowance applicable only on United® and United Express® operated flights, and is determined by Premier status at time of check-in with United. To determine specific checked baggage service charges, please use the Baggage Calculator.
  • Customers who do not receive complimentary Premier Access may have the option to purchase Premier Access for a particular flight. A Premier Access purchase includes priority check-in, security lane access (where available) and boarding, but it does not include priority baggage handling.
  • Complimentary Economy Plus and preferred seating access is determined by the highest Premier status of the travelers on the reservation. Complimentary Economy Plus seating for travelers on award tickets is based on the traveler's status at booking for Premier Gold and above or at time of check-in for Premier Silver, rather than the status of the member whose miles were used to purchase the award ticket. Complimentary (and paid) access/upgrades to Economy Plus are not valid for tickets containing Basic Economy.
  • Upgrades of any type are not allowed for Basic Economy fares or Economy (first bag charge/no changes allowed) fares. This includes Complimentary Premier Upgrades, Instant Upgrades, PlusPoints upgrades, MileagePlus Upgrade Awards, Star Alliance Upgrade Awards, and Paid upgrades.
  • United Airlines reserves the right to exclude certain flights, fares, tickets, routes, products and/or programs from earning MileagePlus award miles and/or Premier qualifying credits. Learn more about earning miles on United flights.
  • In order for same-day confirmation to be free, flights must be in the same fare class with the same origin and destination as the original ticket.
  • There is a $125 redeposit fee for members who do not show up for their flight and request a redeposit of their miles. This fee applies to all members.
  • The benefits of Star Alliance Silver status and Star Alliance Gold status are subject to change and subject to the rules of Star Alliance.
  • Due to COVID-19, we’ve made some temporary changes to our inflight service, so we won’t be handing out individual snacks and beverages. Learn more about our current inflight offerings.