United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge For 2020 (Longer Qualification Period)

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United Airlines has revised its MileagePlus Premier Status match that comes with a challenge for 2020.

The status from this challenge is valid through January 31, 2021, if earned before June 30. Those that earn the status on or after July 1 will have it through January 2022.

You can access this offer on United’s website here.

The status match is valid for 120 days instead of 90 for enrollments made between March 12 – May 31, 2020.

Here’s an example of Delta and AA status levels which UA matches:

Here are the challenge requirements:

Note that you must fulfill both the premier qualifying flights (PQF) and premier qualifying points (PQP) requirements to complete the challenge successfully.

There is a long list of airlines on the website from which United matches + others:

You can also choose the start date +- 30 days from today. Note that you must attach a clear screenshot of status with a competing airline that shows the expiry date. You can only do match/challenge once every five years.

Here’s the Silver, Gold, and Platinum benefits matrix:

Here are the notes by United about this offer:

  • Offer is not valid for members who have participated in the MileagePlus status match program or received a Premier Status exception within the last 5 years.

  • Members who hold elite status because of a trial or temporary elite status in the other airline program, are not eligible for the MileagePlus Premier status match program.

  • Premier membership materials will be not issued for the 120-day Offer Period. You may enjoy Premier benefits on United- or United Express-operated flights by providing your account number when making reservations or at check-in. During the 120-day Offer Period, you may not have access to all reciprocal Premier benefits with United’s partner airlines, including access to Star Alliance lounges.

  • Through this offer, you will not be able to qualify for a higher Premier status level than the one you are matched to in MileagePlus. For example, if you are matched to Premier Silver, you will not be able to earn Premier Gold status through this offer, even if you will fly more than the 6 PQF and earn more than 2,000 PQP on flights operated by United or United Express during the Offer Period. However, you will be able to qualify to a higher status level if you reach one of the published qualification thresholds for Premier status.

  • Upon meeting both the PQF and PQP requirements to retain Premier Platinum status through this offer, members will be awarded 20 PlusPoints, which will be credited to their account within 7-10 business days. Premier members can earn 40 PlusPoints upon meeting all standard published qualification requirements of Premier Platinum status and 280 PlusPoints upon meeting all the standard published qualification requirements of Premier 1K® status.

  • If you are unable to complete both the PQF and PQP requirements within the 120-day Offer Period, your matched MileagePlus Premier status will expire, and you may be returned to a lower earned Premier level, or general member status, at United’s sole discretion.

  • Qualifying PQF and PQP must be posted to your MileagePlus account.

Conclusion

It makes most sense to complete the challenge on or after July 1 this year because the status is then valid through February 2022 instead of 2021.

The air travel has come close to a complete halt for many due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Extending the status completion from 90 to 120 days may help some members who would like to get started with United Airlines.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

    1. Offer is not valid for members who have participated in the MileagePlus® status match program or received a Premier Status Exception within the last 5 years.
    2. To request a MileagePlus status match, a participant must be a member of MileagePlus and hold an active account with an eligible airline and have an eligible elite level valid for the current calendar year. Members who have qualified for their current elite level with the other airline due to meeting published criteria, lifetime status awards or completion of a promotional offer are eligible for the status match program. Members who hold elite status because of a trial or temporary elite status in the other airline program, are not eligible for the MileagePlus Premier status match program. Requests from members who otherwise meet the criteria for a premier status match will not receive such status if the member already holds equivalent or higher status in the MileagePlus Program.
    3. United reserves the right to rescind any status match granted, if during the course of an audit or investigation United determines that an individual is in violation of the MileagePlus program rules.
    4. Premier membership materials will be not issued for the 120-day Offer Period. You may enjoy Premier benefits on United®- or United® Express-operated flights by providing your account number when making reservations or at check-in. During the 120-day Offer Period, you may not have access to all reciprocal Premier benefits with United’s partners, including access to Star Alliance lounges.
    5. Through this offer, you will not be able to qualify for a higher Premier status level than the one you are matched to in MileagePlus, even if you will fly more than qualifying travel requirements during the Offer Period. However, you will be able to qualify to a higher status level if you reach one of the published qualification thresholds for Premier status.
    6. If you are unable to complete the PQF and PQP requirement within the 120-day Offer Period, your matched MileagePlus Premier status will expire, and you may be returned to a lower earned Premier level, or general member status, at United’s sole discretion.
    7. Qualifying PQF and PQP must be posted to your MileagePlus account.
    8. Offer valid for qualifying paid travel completed within 120 days from time of account upgrade (the “Offer Period”).
    9. Participation does not guarantee Premier status. Matched status will expire after 120 days, unless the matched level or a higher level of Premier status is earned or awarded prior to that date.
    10. Valid on flights operated by United and United Express. Not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Flights must be posted to the MileagePlus account in order to qualify. MileagePlus award travel does not qualify for this offer. Basic Economy tickets do not qualify for this offer. Promotional PQF or PQP, and/or credit card PQF or PQP do not count toward this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice.
    11. Customers who earn Premier status through this promotion will have their accounts updated in the system within five to seven business days of completion and posting of the outlined PQF and PQP requirement for the status level matched to in MileagePlus.
    12. Earned 2020 Premier status is valid through January 2021. The MileagePlus status is valid through January 2022 for customers who earn Premier status through this promotion on or after July 1, 2020.
    13. Upon meeting the PQF and PQP requirements to retain Premier Platinum status through this offer, members will be awarded 20 PlusPoints, which will be credited to their account within 7-10 business days. PlusPoints will not otherwise be awarded based on matched status or status reached through the MileagePlus Premier Status Match challenge.
    14. The sale, barter or other transfer or attempted sale, barter or other transfer of any mileage, certificates, awards, benefits or status, other than as authorized and/or sponsored by United, is expressly prohibited. Any mileage, certificates, awards, benefits or status sold, bartered or otherwise transferred is in violation of the Rules and any accounts or Members involved in such sales, barters or other transfers may be subject to United’s remedies as described in the MileagePlus program rules. The acquisition, use, transfer or attempted acquisition, use or transfer of mileage, certificates, awards, benefits or status that have been acquired by purchase, barter or other transfer in violation of the Rules may result in United’s exercise of United’s remedies as described in the MileagePlus program rules.
    15. 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 united.com/mileageplus. (TB9234)

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