Changes to PQM Earnings on Partner Airlines and United’s Response

It was reported earlier in the week on FlyerTalk that United had been changing the elite qualifying (PQM’s) miles that you can earn on partner airlines. United didn’t make any official announcement about this change, but rather than just updated the tables on its website.

UA Insider PQM Reply
UA Insider PQM Reply

I just went through all the United’s PQM earning partner airlines and compared the current charts on United.com to what I was able to pull up from Google cache. This also confirms what United representative posted.

Adria

No changes

Aegan

No changes

Air Canada

No changes

Air China

No changes

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand New
Air New Zealand New
Air New Zealand Old
Air New Zealand Old
Air New Zealand Trans Tasman New
Air New Zealand Trans Tasman New
Air New Zealand Trans Tasman Old
Air New Zealand Trans Tasman Old

ANA

No changes

Asiana

No changes

Austrian

No changes

Avianca

No changes

Brussels Airlines

No changes

Copa

No changes

Croatia Airlines

Croatia Airlines New
Croatia Airlines New
Croatia Airlines Old
Croatia Airlines Old

Egypt Air

Egypt Air New
Egypt Air New
Egypt Air Old
Egypt Air Old

Ethiopian

No changes

LOT

LOT New
LOT New
LOT Old
LOT Old

Lufthansa

No changes

Scandinavian

No changes

Shenzhen

No changes

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines New
Singapore Airlines New
Sinagpore Airlines Old
Sinagpore Airlines Old

South African

South African New
South African New
South African Old
South African Old

Swiss

No changes

TACA

No changes

TAM

TAM New
TAM New
TAM Old
TAM Old

TAP

TAP New
TAP New
TAP Old
TAP Old

Thai

Thai New
Thai New

Thai

Thai Old
Thai Old

Turkish

Turkish New
Turkish New
Turkish Old
Turkish Old

US Airways

No changes

Conclusion

It is unfortunate that United lowered so many of its partner airline PQM earnings on premium cabins to just 100%. At least, they are willing to credit per the previous chart, if your ticket was issued before the changeover date. It is likely that you need to contact United to have it credited manually, however.

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