GS requirements

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  1. Desidivo

    Desidivo Silver Member

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    Just curious if anyone has found out what the GS requirements are. So far I have spent $45K flying 200K miles. Wondering how close I am.
     
  2. HubletUAFlyer

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    You may be lucky but my guess is you'll miss.

    Its an unpublished criteria and may vary from year to year.

    Keep your fingers crossed though...you never know
     
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  3. Wandering Aramean
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    It is unpublished as HubletUAFlyer notes, and it is generally believed to be tied to spend much more than distance. The $45k number likely matters a lot more than the 200k one.
     
  4. mre5765

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    My understanding is that generally, $50K spent on B fares or higher gets one in. This can vary by market (i.e. the home airport of the customer).
     
  5. Desidivo

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    I had a bunch of B class on Star Alliance but those don't count. Those would have put me over. If I do another 200K this year, I will be 1M.

    Wish everyone a great holiday season and a happy new year.
     
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  6. mre5765

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    Yes I meant UA metal. $50K on UA metal, at 50 cents per mile should do it.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    An academic question for me but why don't they give credit for flights on ATI carriers where United gets their share of the revenue without having to put a plane in the skies?
     
  8. Wandering Aramean
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    Same reason you do not get MMer credit: Because they can. The claims of a metal-neutral operation are not completely solid.
     
  9. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I am not necessarily expecting that they share revenue equally among the partners. And yes, their ball, their game and they can do whatever they want.
     
  10. Desidivo

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    If that is the case, then I have to rethink some of my purchases. I bought the tickets via UA thinking I would get lifetime mileage and revenue credit. So it sound like I would be better off spending the money directly with partners if all I get is the miles. With SA partners, I would get the miles anyway. Am I missing something in my thinking (need to figure this out as I have some trips to Asia that I need to book for Feb)?
     
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    You're not going to get MMer credit on partner flights, save for Copa until mid-2015. That's a published policy.

    For PQD credit you will earn on partner flights if purchased on UA stock. Whether that matters to you or not depends on how much other spend you have and what tier you're trying to reach. But paying extra to buy partner flights via UA is, to me, not generally a smart idea. If the fare is the same then it doesn't matter much one way or the other.

    The only Asia ATI partner is ANA. Other flights would not be part of such arrangements anyways.
     
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  12. mre5765

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    If you want MMer credit on partners, fly oneworld, credit to AAdvantage.
     
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  13. Desidivo

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    I learned something new today. Thanks for the info WA. I will book directly on partner carrier from now on as I will get to PDQ from just a few of the international flights on UA.
    Kind seems like this is the opposite of what UA should want. They will loose revenue from people like me.
     
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    Well, if it is an ATI/JV market they share the revenue anyways. And if they are not UA didn't likely get the revenue. So it really depends on what you're changing in your spend patterns. If you decide to simply buy a ticket on BR/SQ/TG now rather than on UA then, yes, the company loses that revenue from you. But if you simply buy the ANA ticket rather than the UA ticket for the same UA/NH segments the impact is less significant.

    Beyond that, the company wants the customers who spend more money with it, not the ones who mostly spend on partner flights. That's not all that hard to understand.
     
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    I doubt you will make it, especially if it's not a renewal (threshold is lower, and reportedly more so the more consecutive years GS is maintained).
     
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    When I emailed Smisek I was told by his assistant:

    1. Only 016 stock for PQD, but NOT for GS
    2. Only UA metal for GS
    3. Top 1%

    So a rock for me although sent for reconsideration by his office...it is the LH segments I bought on UA.com for locations UA doesn't fly to I got burned on.
     

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