Earlier today I wrote about United’s new elite status requirements, which will mean you’ll need to spend more to earn United status. You’ll want to read that post first in order to understand the jargon in this post.
Currently, you can waive the PQD spend requirements on United flights by spending $25K on United credit cards. You still need to fly on United to earn elite status, but you don’t need to meet the minimum spending requirements.
That goes away on 1/1/20.
In its place you can now earn 500 PQPs for spending $12K annually or 1,000 PQPs for spending $24K annually on United cards.
This applies to the:
- United Explorer Consumer Card
- United Club Consumer Card (Click on Apply Now and then Club card)
- United Awards Consumer Card (Grandfathered and no longer available).
- United Explorer Business Card
- United Club Business Card (Click on Apply Now and then Club card)
The United TravelBank card won’t earn PQPs.
While each of those cards is capped at 1,000 annual PQPs, you can stack together PQPs earned from all of your cards.
Note that if you are combining PQPs earned from credit cards and flights, the highest status you can earn it Platinum.
Similar to other Chase cards, it is also possible to have multiple of the same United card even though Chase won’t approve you for a card if you currently have it. For example if you currently have a United Explorer Consumer, Explorer Business, Club Consumer, and Club Business, you could upgrade the Explorer Consumer to another Club Consumer and then apply for an Explorer Consumer. Or you could downgrade the Club Consumer to another Explorer Consumer and then apply for a Club Consumer. That’s how I got multiple Chase Freedom cards by downgrading them from other cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Of course all of these cards are subject to 5/24 rules and you can’t convert non-United cards into United cards, so it won’t be easy to rack up United cards quickly.
Here is how many PQPs you need for status:
While United is removing the need to fly a certain amount of miles to earn status, you will still need to fly on 4 paid flight segments to earn status.
So if you happen to have 5 United cards and spend $24,000 on each, you would earn 5,000 PQPs. But unfortunately you would still have to fly on 4 paid United flight segments (1 round-trip with connecting flights or 2 round-trips with nonstop flights) in order to earn elite status.
Of course if you still have the grandfathered United Select or Platinum cards you can also earn 500 PQPs annually for every $12K spend, but these cards can earn up to 3,000 PQPs annually and they can be applied to any status, including 1K.
And if you still have the grandfathered United Presidential Plus card you can also earn 500 PQPs annually for every $12K spend, but these cards can earn up to 10,000 PQPs annually and they can be applied to any status, including 1K.
Will you still spend on United credit cards to earn PQPs after the PQD waiver is eliminated?