MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge 2021 (*A G up to 2023)

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Article from LL this morning:

UA have this ongoing SM but you usually can only apply every 5 yrs. Quite handy if you are an infrequent *A traveller. The status upgrade is usually processed pretty quickly and you normally can get full *A Gold benefits (even though the Ts&Cs suggest otherwise).

Note: like most US based airlines, status PAX don‘t get lounge access on domestic only trips in the US (unless having a paid lounge membership).

Apparently, as a one off, anyone who applied in 2020 can re-apply again for 2021. Also, it’s for 120 days instead of 90 days.

While probably academic for most being able to retain status (up to 2023) by flying on UA metal, it otherwise could be useful for those of us with a stash of SQ points (ex-VA) or flying within NZ etc.

I‘m assuming the required PQS (think QF squiggles) exclude the 4x PQS already gifted to non-US residents.
 

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Hi everyone

I am in Canada for a bit and I applied for the United Status Challenge with my Qantas Gold membership. Even though Qantas wasn't listed as one of the partners, I gave it a bash and it was accepted.

Now to earn the necessary PQP and PQF to retain the United Gold status!

The status challenge clearly says that the flights must be operated by United so codeshare flights operated by partners do not count.

Valid on flights operated by United and United Express. Not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Flights must be posted to the MileagePlus account in order to qualify. MileagePlus award travel does not qualify for this offer.

Anyone know if United flights with a UA flight number but ticketed by a partner (e.g. Air Canada) would count? I can't seem to find any info on this.

Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone

I am in Canada for a bit and I applied for the United Status Challenge with my Qantas Gold membership. Even though Qantas wasn't listed as one of the partners, I gave it a bash and it was accepted.

Now to earn the necessary PQP and PQF to retain the United Gold status!

The status challenge clearly says that the flights must be operated by United so codeshare flights operated by partners do not count.



Anyone know if United flights with a UA flight number but ticketed by a partner (e.g. Air Canada) would count? I can't seem to find any info on this.

Thanks!
I assume you used an Oz address to qualify for the relaxed requal hurdles?

But that aside, if it’s UA marketed and operated you’d expect it to count.
 

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Hi everyone

I am in Canada for a bit and I applied for the United Status Challenge with my Qantas Gold membership. Even though Qantas wasn't listed as one of the partners, I gave it a bash and it was accepted.

Now to earn the necessary PQP and PQF to retain the United Gold status!

The status challenge clearly says that the flights must be operated by United so codeshare flights operated by partners do not count.



Anyone know if United flights with a UA flight number but ticketed by a partner (e.g. Air Canada) would count? I can't seem to find any info on this.

Thanks!

I think when I did this challenge, all of my flights were ticketed by United so didn't run into this issue. But I can't see anything in the T&Cs which says it has to be ticketed on UA stock and as far as I can tell, United only differentiates between UA/non-UA ticketed flights for the purposes of earning miles for flights on partner airlines. As long as marketed and operated by United/United Express, should be fine.

That said, is there any particular advantage to getting the flights ticketed by Air Canada? If the price is similar, I would try to get it on 016 stock just to be safe.

I assume you used an Oz address to qualify for the relaxed requal hurdles?

But that aside, if it’s UA marketed and operated you’d expect it to count.

Do the relaxed hurdles for people with an overseas address still apply? I understand that this year UA waived the 4 "UA" sector rule for overseas residents. But the minimum spend requirement (now measured in the form of PQPs) also applies to overseas residents now if I correctly recall?
 

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@SYD, @Mattg thanks for the insights! I'm completely new to United's program so this is helpful. There was nothing in the status challenge form asking what country I'm in, though my Mileage Plus account is registered to my Australian address. I didn't see anything in relation to reduced requirements, but they are asking me to do 2000 PQP and 6 PQF, which I think is standard for gold.
 
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Quick follow up question... Does anyone know if AC flights "Operated by Air Canada Express - Jazz" earn miles on United? On the United website they talk about Air Canada but don't say either way if their subsidiary operated flights count.
Thanks!
 

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Quick follow up question... Does anyone know if AC flights "Operated by Air Canada Express - Jazz" earn miles on United? On the United website they talk about Air Canada but don't say either way if their subsidiary operated flights count.
Thanks!

I just checked and I earned United miles for some Air Canada Express/Jazz flights I took a couple of years ago.

Those flights won't count towards a status challenge though.
 

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I just checked and I earned United miles for some Air Canada Express/Jazz flights I took a couple of years ago.

Those flights won't count towards a status challenge though.
Thanks Matt! That's really helpful. Yes understood about the status match but might as well earn some additional United miles in the meantime.
 

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