How to qualify for MileagePlus Premier status



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Fly with us and our partners to unlock the elevated experience that United MileagePlus Premier® status provides.

To track your progress, visit the Premier status tracker.

Premier qualifying activity and status levels

Your progress toward status is measured by three types of qualifying activity earned during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Your status is valid from the day you qualify through the end of the next program year:

1. Premier qualifying miles (PQM)

Based on the number of miles flown and type of fare purchased

2. Premier qualifying dollars (PQD)

Determined by base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges (only for U.S.–based customers)

Or

1. Premier qualifying segments (PQS)

Based on the number of flight segments flown and type of fare purchased*

2. Premier qualifying dollars (PQD)

Determined by base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges (only for U.S.–based customers)

*Your fare class is a letter associated with the fare you purchased, and can be found on your confirmation, reservation, and receipt.

  • Earning PQM, PQS and PQD when you fly with United and our partners

    Earning Premier qualifying credit on United and partner airlines
    Flights operated byTickets issued byPQMPQSPQD
    United, United Express®Any airlineavailableavailableavailable
    Star Alliance™ partner airlines and Azul

    United

    (ticket number starting with "016")

    availableavailableavailable
    Star Alliance partner airlinesAirlines other than UnitedavailableavailableNot available
    Other MileagePlus partner airlines

    United

    (ticket number starting with "016")

    Not availableNot availableavailable
    Other MileagePlus partner airlinesAirlines other than UnitedNot availableNot availableNot available

    Certain exclusions to Premier qualifying credit (PQM/PQS/PQD) may apply. Premier earnings vary by airline.

    Premier status is not based on the balance of United MileagePlus award miles in your account.

    United reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to make all calculations of mileage and Premier qualifying credits, to revise any calculations (including any estimates) as appropriate, and to consider all of our calculations final.

    Earning PQM and PQS on United and United Express flights

    United and United Express flights
    Eligible purchased fare classes
    Premier qualifying miles (PQM)
    Premier qualifying segments (PQS)
    J300%1.5
    C, D, Z200%1.5
    P, O, A, R, Y, B150%1.5
    M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G100%1
    Basic Economy50%0.5

    United Premium Plus℠ fare classes earn 150% PQM and 1.5% PQS. Learn more about United Premium Plus

    More information about earning PQD

    Members earn PQD for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges on the following flights and purchases:

    • Flights operated by United and United Express
    • Flights operated by a Star Alliance or a MileagePlus partner airline with tickets issued by United (ticket numbers starting with "016")
    • Economy Plus® purchases
    • Preferred seating purchases

    Some exclusions may apply.

    Certain specialty tickets, including but not limited to unpublished, consolidator/bulk, group, tour and opaque fares, do not earn PQD.

    When you purchase your ticket for flights within the U.S. on united.com, the ticket price includes a U.S. Federal Transportation Tax of up to 7.5 percent of the base amount of the fare. This tax also applies to some flights between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You will not earn PQD or award miles for the full amount of the displayed price for these flights because the U.S. Federal Transportation tax does not earn PQD or miles.

    See the PQD FAQs and Terms and conditions for more information.

    PQM, PQS and PQD are credited to the account of the member who travels, not the member who purchases the ticket.

    Award miles, PQM, PQS and PQD may not be earned on certain United and MileagePlus partner airline tickets. These include, but are not limited to:

    • United tickets purchased and used in violation of United's Contract of Carriage, fare tariffs or the MileagePlus Program Rules
    • All free travel and all MileagePlus award travel
    • Charter flights
    • Industry free or industry reduced-rate tickets
    • Promotional certificates
    • Unpublished or opaque fares, including but not limited to those booked through priceline.com and Hotwire
    • Tickets, products or services purchased and used in violation of the terms and conditions applicable to United's MileagePlus partners
    Additional conditions
    • Certain premium cabin flight segments may earn different award miles and Premier qualifying credits than those defined for your ticketed fare class in the chart above. In these cases, earning is based on the first letter of the fare basis code, which may correspond to an economy cabin fare class including Y, B, M, H, Q, U, V, W, S, T, L, K, or G. You can determine your fare basis code when booking a reservation on united.com by selecting the Fare Rules and Restrictions link on the itinerary review page prior to purchase.
    • If you make a ticket purchase through United for a flight operated by another airline (known as a codeshare flight), the fare class that appears on your ticket may differ from the fare class that the operating airline uses to determine flight miles earned. If a partner flight is not eligible to earn award miles, then it is also not eligible to earn Premier qualifying miles, segments or dollars.
    • All Basic Economy tickets will earn 50% Premier qualifying miles and 0.5 Premier qualifying segments. Basic Economy tickets may be booked in various fare classes.
    Earning PQM with the MileagePlus Presidential Plus Credit Card
    • Existing MileagePlus Presidential Plus Credit Card members can use the card to accelerate their progress toward Premier status. Cardmembers can convert their Flexible Premier qualifying miles (Flex PQM) into Premier qualifying miles that count toward Premier status. Flex PQM can only be used toward qualification for levels through Premier Platinum. Flex PQM cannot be combined with Premier qualifying miles (PQM) to earn additional Premier upgrades or to obtain Premier 1K® status. You must earn 100,000 PQM exclusive of Flex PQM in order to qualify for Premier 1K status.
    • The MileagePlus Presidential Plus Credit Card is no longer available to new applicants.

    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

Million Miler status

Members can also achieve lifetime status through our Million Miler program by flying 1 million miles or more with United and United Express carriers.

2019 qualification requirements

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Premier Silver
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25,000 PQM or
30 PQS plus
$3,000 PQD

Premier gold
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50,000 PQM or
60 PQS plus
$6,000 PQD

Lifetime status when you reach 1 million miles.

Premier platinum
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75,000 PQM or
90 PQS plus
$9,000 PQD

Lifetime status when you reach 2 million miles.

Premier 1K
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100,000 PQM or
120 PQS plus
$15,000 PQD

Lifetime status when you reach 3 million miles.

Footnotes

  • For status through the end of the 2020 program year
  • PQD requirement waived up to Platinum with $25,000 United Chase Visa Card spend
  • Minimum 4 segments flown on United or United Express-operated flights required for all levels

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