I noticed a thread on Flyertalk that shares the new elite status challenge requirements for 2013 (though the page does say it is subject to vary by month).  You do have to have equivalent status on a non-Star Alliance airline to qualify for this challenge, so this isn’t a shortcut way to go from no status with anyone, to elite status with United, but it can be a good way to leverage what you already have if you want to shift some flying to United.

If you meet the criteria to participate in the Premier status match offer, your account will be upgraded for 90 days to Premier Silver, Premier Gold or Premier Platinum status based on the level you hold in your current frequent flyer program. During that time you have to earn a certain number of elite (premier) qualifying miles or segments to keep the status.  You can’t officially challenge for 1K.

Here were the old flight requirements:

Premier Silver Fly 10,000 flight miles or 15 flight segments on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Silver status
Premier Gold Fly 17,500 flight miles or 22 flight segments on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Gold status
Premier Platinum Fly 25,000 flight miles or 30 flight segments on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Platinum status

Here are the new flight requirements:
Premier Silver Fly 7,000 PQM or 8 PQS on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Silver status
Premier Gold Fly 12,500 PQM or 15 PQS on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Gold status
Premier Platinum Fly 18,000 PQM or 22 PQS on flights operated by United, United Express or Copa to retain Premier Platinum status

As you can see, not only were the miles and segments required lowered across the board, but the wording was changed from “flight miles” to premier qualifying miles so class of service bonuses and such do apply.  You can get all the details about how the challenge works and how to request a challenge by heading to United’s site.  Of course the lower challenge requirements are great for those who are trying to get United elite status via this method, and perhaps aren’t as great for United elites who feel their are already too many elites for the airline to handle.

If you want to wait, those who challenge after July 1 will have their status valid for a full year and a half, but the requirements can change before July so weigh the risks accordingly.

Posted by mommypoints | 11 Comments

11 Responses to “United Lowers 2013 Elite Status Challenge Requirements”

  1. These lowered requirements are only good until Jan 31, so you’d only get the status for this year and would have to fly enough for your tier to keep it next year. You could do 18K in 3 months to get Plat, but you’d still need 75K in 12 months to keep it next year.

    They’ll likely return to normal levels in February. I’m planning on doing the challenge after July 1 so that my status is good for the following program year as well.

  2. mommypoints says:

    Amol, I see on the page they may vary month to month, but hadn’t seen that described as will probably jump back up in Feb. I am in general a big fan of doing challenges after July 1 to maximize longevity, but doing them early in the year is also pretty good – especially if you think you may re-qualify anyway. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Thanks Mom. I see I’m not eligible yet as still have UA Gold til the end of Feb. I appreciate the post

    Rick

  4. Lauren says:

    thanks for this! interesting

  5. Lauren says:

    So if I completed the challenge today, my status would be valid until when? Feb of 2014?

  6. Tommy says:

    Wow.. I wonder if we can still get his lower requirements., We just got the challenge to Plat late Dec. And does the “wording” make any differences? miles is miles right?

  7. Hmmmmmm, do you think i should do the status challenge for the DEN-NRT March 31 flight?

  8. Danny says:

    Would united match AA gold for gold? Or is AA plat required?

  9. Scott says:

    So if you’re AAdvantage Platinum and do a status challenge with United, does that equate to earning Premier Gold if you meet United’s challenge?

  10. mommypoints says:

    For anyone interested in the challenge, look at the requirements in terms of miles for what you have with another airline compared with United and that will tell you what they will likely challenge you to. For example, AA Gold is 25,000 miles as is UA Silver, so that is what it will “match” to.
    Kathy, might as well!
    Lauren, yes.
    Tommy, I don’t know that answer – I would guess no, but you could always ask. No, miles aren’t miles as some fares give 150% elite qualifying miles and under the old wording/terms that would have just counted at 100%.

  11. Tommy says:

    So does that mean we are able to retain our status quicker once under the challenge? Depend on the flight of course

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