United Airlines has launched a promotion to purchase Premier Qualifying Miles or Segments to keep your current MileagePlus status or bump it for the 2015 membership year.
The offer is targeted to those that are relatively close to the status level (you cannot buy Premier 1K outright), but you can now buy up to 1K (not previously possible).
You can access this offer on United’s website here.
This offer doesn’t come cheap and my personal MileagePlus account was not eligible for it due to low number of PQMs in 2014 and lifetime Premier Gold status (they would have needed to sell me a buy up to Platinum).
The offer prices that members have reported to have received on a FlyerTalk thread (access here) don’t make much sense for most. You individual circumstances may always vary, however,
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Status period: 1. For members who currently hold 2014 Premier® status and purchase the same or lower Premier status level in 2015, your 2015 Premier status level will be effective on the later of the following two dates: (i) February 1, 2015, or (ii) 5-7 business days after the purchase date, and will be effective through January 31, 2016, unless a higher status is earned. 2. If you do not have Premier status and you purchase 2015 Premier Silver status, or if you hold 2014 Premier status and you purchase a higher status level than your current Premier status, you will receive the higher 2015 Premier status level within 5-7 business days of the purchase date and your higher status level will be effective through January 31, 2016, unless a higher status is earned.
Purchase terms and conditions: 1. Offer is for select MileagePlus members and only the original recipient of this offer is eligible to participate. 2. 2015 Premier status and/or all Premier qualifying miles (“PQM”) and Premier qualifying segments (“PQS”) purchased with this offer are nonrefundable. 3. Offer valid for purchase between January 13, 2015, and February 28, 2015. 4. Must be a MileagePlus member to participate in this offer. 5. Offer allows purchase of offered 2015 Premier status and a specified number of PQM and PQS toward 2015 Premier qualifying activity for 2016 Premier status. 6. PQM and PQS purchased through this offer only count toward qualification for 2016 Premier status and do not count toward award redemption. 7. PQM and PQS purchased through this offer do not count toward the Premier qualifying dollar requirement for 2016 Premier status qualification or lifetime miles. 8. Premier status and all PQM and PQS are sold in U.S. dollars through this offer. 9. Premier status is nontransferable. 10. Other restrictions apply. 11. Pricing is based on how close the member’s 2014 Premier qualifying activity is to reaching the 2015 Premier status qualification requirements, as well as other criteria. 12. Offer and fees may vary by member and are subject to change without notice. 13. 2015 Premier status and PQM and PQS purchased through this offer will be posted to the account of the member listed on the purchase page within 5-7 business days of the purchase date.
Miles accrued, awards and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the United MileagePlus Program and/or the Premier Program, including without limitation the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements of the Premier Program, and/or the revisions of calculations (including any estimates), will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to www.united.com.
*Pricing is based on how close the member’s 2014 Premier qualifying activity is to reaching the 2015 Premier status qualification requirements, as well as other criteria.