We’re quickly arriving at the end of the 1st quarter of 2017, which means it’s time to sit down and calculate how your progress is going toward earning status through next year. In my case, I’ve never held United Premier 1k status, mainly because there’s no way I can reach the $12,000 PQD requirement. If only United allowed the PQD waiver for 1K also… In any case, I’m content with Platinum status, as it provides with everything I ‘need’. Here’s what the numbers look like today for the desired 2018 Platinum status. You can easily check your status progress here.
Per United’s Premier Status qualification page, I need to earn 75k PQM’s or 90 PQS’s, plus $9K PQD’s (this will be waived upon spending $25k with my United MileagePlus Explorer credit card). If my travel will be consistent throughout the year, then by the end of each quarter I should have some 19k PQM’s or 23 PQS’s. Obviously, in my case, PQM’s are the target, so I’m doing well for the 1st quarter and will enter the 2nd quarter ahead.
One key thing to note is that the sooner status requirements are met, the more ‘bonus’ status time you have. If I complete status requirements by June, then I’ll have status for the rest of this year, before the target year 2018 even begins.
But, is it worth it to earn United Premier status? Post to come on that.