United Airlines 2023 MileagePlus Premier Updates

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United Airlines announced some new updates to the 2023 MileagePlus Premier program. The biggest update is the requirements needed to earn Premier status which is as follows:

  • Premier Silver: 12 PQF + 4,000 PQP or 5,000 PQP
  • Premier Gold: 24 PQF + 8,000 PQP or10,000 PQP
  • Premier Platinum: 36 PQF + 12,000 PQP or 15,000 PQP
  • Premier 1K: 54 PQF + 18,000 PQP or 24,000 PQP

As a reminder, you’ll still need to fly a minimum of 4 flight segments on United or United Express to earn status.

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Qualifying for award tickets

MileagePlus members will now earn Premier qualifying credits on award travel, a move similar to that of Delta.

Here’s how United describes this new change:

An exciting change we are making in 2023 is that when you use MileagePlus miles for award flights operated by United or United Express, you are now eligible to earn Premier qualifying credits. Eligible award flights will help you achieve status with 1 PQP earned per 100 miles redeemed, as well as 1 PQF earned per United or United Express flight.

PQP and PQF from qualifying award flights will count toward earning all status levels, whether through both PQF and PQP or PQP only thresholds. PQP from award flights will also count towards earning incremental PlusPoints for eligible members.

Increased credit card PQP caps

For 2023, the maximum PQP able to be earned for card spend will double for the United Quest card from 3,000 to 6,000 PQP and for the United Club Infinite card from 4,000 to 8,000 PQP. Eligible United MileagePlus Chase Cardmembers will continue to earn 500 PQP per $12,000 spent.

The maximum number of PQP that can be earned on eligible card spend in a calendar year across multiple credit cards has increased from 5,000 PQP to 15,000 PQP, making it even easier to reach Premier status goals through card spend.

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Award ticket redeposit fee removal

All redeposit fees associated with canceling award travel have been removed, so you have more choice and control over managing plans. United is committed to meeting customer expectations by providing more flexibility throughout the travel experience.

Lastly, In early 2023, United will automatically deposit PQP into MileagePlus accounts based on the 2023 Premier status you reached at the end of 2022 as follows:

  • Premier Silver: 500 starting PQP balance
  • Premier Gold: 1,000 starting PQP balance
  • Premier Platinum: 1,500 starting PQP balance
  • Premier 1K: 2,500 starting PQP balance

What are you thoughts on the changes to the United Airlines Premier program? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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  1. What are you thoughts on the changes to the United Airlines Premier program? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

  2. This is a very helpful site for anyone, each and every man can easily operate this site and can get an overview of your website is pretty good. Your work is amazing.

  3. I now will need to achieve Gold status the same PQF’s and PQP’s that I needed to achieve Platinum status in 2022. That is a pretty hefty increase.

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