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“Fly the Friendly Skies” in Comfort and Style - Sooner! Register Before December 31, 2017!

Expiration Date – December 31, 2017

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The Premier Status Match Challenge offers non-United Airlines Elite flyers a faster way to achieve MileagePlus Premier Status. All requests to participate in the challenge offer must be received by December 31, 2017.


If you qualify, you will be upgraded immediately to MileagePlus Premier Silver, Gold or Platinum status for 90 days - based on the Elite status level you hold with Delta and American Airlines.

Bonus offer PQM/PQS, promotional PQM/PQS, and/or credit card PQM will not count toward this offer.

Qualification may also be granted for those with Elite status on over 40 other airlines on a case-by-case basis, however, if you currently hold Star Alliance Silver or Gold status through another Star Alliance carrier, you cannot take advantage of this offer.

Below are the status match details for Delta and American:

In order to keep the Premier status after the initial 90 days, a certain number of Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) or Premier Qualifying Segments (PQSs) will be required on flights operated by United, United Express and Copa Airlines (but not on United Partner airlines) within the initial 90-day offer period. If you qualify before July 1, 2017, you will keep your new Elite status until January 2018.

But, if you qualify on or after July 1, you will enjoy your new status until January 2019!

The number or PQMs or PQSs required depends on the Premier status level you are granted:

*If requested and approved, it may be possible to match from AA Executive Platinum to United 1K after earning 35,000 PQMs or 40 PQSs within 90 days!

Requirements to submit your MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge request:

  1. If you qualify, complete this form (you will first need to log into your account). You will then receive an email confirming approval status within 7 to 14 days.
  2. You must be a member of MileagePlus to complete the form. You will be asked to send a copy of your most recent mileage summary or 2016 membership card that clearly states your status level and the expiration date of your current status.
  3. As we mentioned, United clearly defines that Delta and American Elite members are welcome to participate in the challenge if accepted. But United lists over 40 other airlines on the form as well. We encourage those who both wish to participate in this challenge and already hold status with one of those 40+ airlines to submit the request form to United.  

Strings attached? Sure there are. Here are the important ones:

  • Those who participated in OnePass or a MileagePlus status match program within the last 5 years do not qualify for this offer

  • You may enjoy the Premier level benefits on United, United Express and Copa Airlines during the first 90 days by providing your account number (you will not be issued an Elite card unless you successfully complete the challenge); but you may not be granted reciprocal Premier benefits with United's partner airlines, including access to the Star Alliance lounges

  • You will only be able to achieve the level you were matched to during the initial 90 days regardless of the number of miles you fly

The Wrap-Up:

If you currently hold Elite status with another airline and are either unsatisfied with that airline or your flight patterns have changed (e.g. you moved to a city better served by United or the routes to the cities you most frequently travel to are more economical or convenient on United), a status match change makes a lot of sense.

Be aware you only receive one chance every five years to participate in a United status match challenge, unless you’re granted an exception, so choose your 90-day challenge period wisely!

And do your best to qualify after July 1, 2017, if possible to enjoy your new MileagePlus Elite status through January 2019!

If you succeed and are able to “Fly the Friendly Skies” in great comfort and style, we’d love a nice note on Facebook and Twitter!

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