United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge 2014

UPDATE: This offer has been extended for 2015 with minor modifications.

Last year United Airlines offered a status match challenge. This challenge was supposed to end at the end of the year but has been extended until December 31, 2014. Here some details about the offer:

The following requirements have to be completed during a 90 days period:

  • Premier Silver: Fly 7,000 PQM or 8 PQS on flights
  • Premier Gold: Fly 12,500 PQM or 15 PQS on flights
  • Premier Platinum: Fly 18,000 PQM or 22 PQS on flights

It’s not possible to get a status match challenge to Premier 1K and all miles have to be on United flights including United Express and Copa flights. Until the requirement has been completed only some elite benefits are given. For example, lounge access and complimentary premier upgrades are not included.

The offer is mainly target at Delta elites, but according to different reports from FlyerTalk this offer has also been offered frequent fliers from other alliances such as oneworld. The offer explicit states that: “Customers who have Star Alliance™ Silver or Gold status are excluded from this offer.” However, in reality this offer also seems to be open to MileagePlus elites.

Last year I was granted a status match challenge from Premier Silver (Star Alliance silver) to Premier Gold (Star Alliance gold) when I called MileagePlus customer service. It should be noted that it’s only possible to request a challenge and move up one (and only one) level. For example, from Premier Silver to Premier Gold or from Premier Gold to Premier Platinum. Remember that you are only allowed to sign up for a status match challenge once every fifth year, so add that your calculations.

If you want to request a challenge as a MileagePlus premier member you should call United MileagePlus customer service as there has been reports of very long processing times when requesting a status match challenge through e-mail. Beware that not all customer service agents know that this challenge also applies to MileagePlus premier members. People requesting a status match challenge as a SkyTeam or oneworld elite will still have to send in an e-mail, a fax or send in an old fashion snail mail as a copy of your current elite credentials is required.

More details about the offer are available here.

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