United Airlines has quietly changed the maximum number of Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) that can be earned on partner flights effective July 1, 2020.
The airline changed the elite qualification criteria from 2020 (read more here), moving entirely away from Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) to PQPs. This changed made earning elite status easier and cheaper on partner flights where the PQPs would be calculated based on the number of base miles earned divided by 5 or 6.
You can access United’s page for PQP changes here.
Here are the new partner PQP earnings:
As noted above, if your flights are on or after July 1, 2020, and your ticket was issued on or before April 29, 2020, you can earn under the current schedule.
Here’s how United changed how members earn status in 2020:
Race to the bottom continues in the US aviation sector while they all are waiting for handouts from the government (aka taxpayers).
This PQP earning change significantly penalizes those that fly on Star Alliance partner airlines and credit their flights to Mileage Plus.
I have lifetime status with both United (1P), and American (Platinum) earned while I was living in the States. I am, however, crediting most partner flights into other Star Alliance and Oneworld programs that reward more those of us who fly rather than swipe or churn credit cards.