United revises Mileage Plus qualifying miles rates

17 Dec 2015 by Clement Huang

United Airlines will make changes to its Mileage Plus frequent flyer programme next year, which will enable first and business class customers to achieve premier status faster.

The Star Alliance member will be increasing its Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) accrual rate from January 1, 2016 – up to double the current rate. The welcome change will result in United matching the rates of fellow US carrier, American Airlines (AA).

United's 2016 Premier Qualifying Miles accrual rates 

Following AA's announcement last month that its AAdvantage frequent flyer programme would shift to a revenue-based system next year (see here), the Oneworld carrier published revised 2016 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) rates that were an improvement over those offered this year.

American Airline's 2016 Elite Qualifying Miles accrual rates 

United does have the advantage, as the improved PQM accrual rates will be extended to flights operated by select Star Alliance joint venture partners. AA's on the other hand only offers the extra EQM on its own flights.

The improved accrual rates will take effect at the start of 2016, regardless of the booking date. Mileage Plus members can book their flights now and enjoy the new rates on flights travelled next year.

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Clement Huang

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