Forum

Share:
Notifications
Clear all

United Raises 1K Spend Requirement  

  RSS
avflyer
(@avflyer)
Silver

$15k YIKES!

Doesn't say if they are raising spend threshold for other

https://thepointsguy.com/news/united-raises-pqd-requirements-premier-1k/

MM Plat

Quote
Posted : September 28, 2018 4:55 pm
zebraitis
(@zebraitis)
Silver

My concern: AA following suite.

ExP is difficult enough for domestic US fliers... a 15K EQD requirement would alienate anyone who'd travel is generally US based.

What point is it to be an American carrier if most Americans won't be interested in flying them?

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 29, 2018 7:04 pm
radonc1951
(@radonc1951)

zebraitis, post: 2817242, member: 219487 wrote: My concern: AA following suite.

ExP is difficult enough for domestic US fliers... a 15K EQD requirement would alienate anyone who'd travel is generally US based.

What point is it to be an American carrier if most Americans won't be interested in flying them?

In actuality, this will cement loyalty more firmly than ever.
While many of us who are top elite tier flyers will probably spend above $15K a year on flying, most will not make it to $30K a year (because if you did, you would be in the elite's elite (Concierge Key or it's ilk)) ...so you will have to choose which airline you are going to spend to reach top tier. And while UA makes getting intermediate tier levels relatively easy, given the lack of EQD's for those holding the UA airline CC, AA has no such program, which means for me that I have to spend $6K each year to attain Plat level on AA (while someone on UA to reach gold need only fly 50K miles and hold their CC). I may just blow AA off in 2019 given the additional spend needed for UA 1K. We will see.
I suspect very few people will qualify (or want to) for top tier on 2 different airlines.

Not a stupid marketing move on UA (or DL)'s part.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 29, 2018 8:06 pm
HaveMilesWillTravel
(@havemileswilltravel)

radonc1951, post: 2817243, member: 3440 wrote: And while UA makes getting intermediate tier levels relatively easy, given the lack of EQD's for those holding the UA airline CC, AA has no such program, which means for me that I have to spend $6K each year to attain Plat level on AA (while someone on UA to reach gold need only fly 50K miles and hold their CC).

Merely holding a UA credit card gets you nothing. To qualify for the PQD waiver you have to spend $25k on that card per year.

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/help/faq/premier-qualifying-dollars-pqd.html

I don't always drink beer, but when I do I will certainly NOT drink Bud Light.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 30, 2018 9:13 pm
Dublin_rfk
(@dublin_rfk)

Personally, calming down after the shock of seeing the new number (15K) I looked at my travel habits for the last few years. I find that the new PQD requirement really doesn't affect me. With the slow increases in airfares and an increasing last minute demands from my customers my I cross the PQD threshold well before I reaching the needed PQMs. But Someday. . . .

http://my.flightmemory.com/DublinRFK

"Good judgement comes from experience and experience? It comes from BAD Judgement."
Unique points in 2018: EWR, LAX, SIN, SFO, IAD, IND, ORD, SAT, PHL, RDU, FLL, GRB, CLT, MSN, GRR, SNA, MCI, CLE, SAN, IAH, FRA, CVG, NRT, LAS, ABQ,[SIZE=4"> PDX[/SIZE">

ReplyQuote
Posted : October 1, 2018 2:04 pm
HaveMilesWillTravel
(@havemileswilltravel)

Once I crossed the MM threshold and UA introduced the PQD requirement, I stopped aiming for 1K. I have been pretty happy with Gold, splitting my spend across multiple airlines based on schedule, pricing/benefits. I will renew AS Gold this year, and there is no telling what next year will be like. But it is highly unlikely that I could even “accidentally” get near 1K-ness again.

I don't always drink beer, but when I do I will certainly NOT drink Bud Light.

ReplyQuote
Posted : October 1, 2018 8:45 pm