Jan192015

United Mileage Plus Buy 2015 Status Promotion

United Mileage Plus Buy 2015 Status Promotion is a targeted offer many members, including me, received this past week. The changes in Mileage Plus this year to require a spend component kept me from pursuing Silver elite with 25,000 miles. The miles were not the problem. I could have flown United Airlines to Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 2014 and surpassed 34,000 PQM. I still would have been $700 short on the PQD spend component applied to US residents for Mileage Plus Premier Silver elite.

You reach MileagePlus® Premier® status by earning the required number of Premier qualifying miles (PQM) or Premier qualifying segments (PQS). If you live in the United States, you also have to meet a minimum annual spending level, which is tracked with Premier qualifying dollars (PQD).

You earn PQM, PQS and PQD by flying United, United Express®, Copa Airlines and select airline partners.

I flew American Airlines to Dublin, Ireland instead in November.

Your current MileagePlus member details:

  • Total PQM balance at the end of 2014: 23,221
  • Total PQS balance at the end of 2014: 16
  • Total PQD balance at the end of 2014: $1,254.00

Qualified level for 2015: Member

United Mileage Plus 2015 Elite Qualification Requirements

United 2015 elite requirements

No problem. United Mileage Plus will sell me Silver elite for 2015.

For $949.

United 2015 Silver elite purchase price

United Mileage Plus has weeded out budget flyers like me from their elite ranks. Even if I were to buy up to Silver elite for 2015, the spend component increases 20% this year to qualify for 2016 status at $3,000 and 25,000 miles for Premier Silver elite qualification. The PQD spend requirement increases 20% for all four levels of Mileage Plus Premier elite.

United 2016 elite requirements

Chasing status is a costly pursuit for a budget traveler these days with United Mileage Plus and Delta SkyMiles.

FlyerTalk has a thread showing different offers targeted United Mileage Plus members received showing the cost to buy up with this promotion.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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