Can you collect United Miles (PQM) on a flight you purchased but didn't take?

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  1. travelttime

    travelttime New Member

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    I need 3,000 miles to reach my next premier status and I'm trying to find the cheapest way to do that. Therefore, I wondered if I could buy a cheap one-way ticket (that would earn 3,000+ miles), not physically be on the flight, and still be able to earn the miles for the ticket. Does any one know if this would work?
     
  2. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Miles are only credited for flights taken and not for flights purchased.
     
  3. Jenny & Curt
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    Jenny & Curt Gold Member

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    No, but you can book a refundable fare, wait to see the "buy extra PQM" offer, buy the PQMs and then cancel the refundable fare. Lots of tips here and on TOBB about how to do it, but if you need more help, ask here. Do you have enough PQDs?
     
  4. Photonerd71

    Photonerd71 Silver Member

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    The PQD's are the key. (Unless you are taking advantage of having the right CC and the PQD waver this year). But, assuming you have enough PQDs the refundable ticket route will work. (Or buy them off a trip you actually plan on taking)

    Sent using a small piece of fruit.
     
  5. Jenny & Curt
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    Also, note that the purchased PQMs are not priced at a constant throughout the year. As year-end approaches, the law of supply and demand may bite you in the butt, so if you know you'll need 'em, buy 'em now.
     
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