Reader @kziel shared an awesome trick on Twitter this morning that can reveal your Premier Qualifying Dollars for 2013 as well as other metrics that determine qualification for elite status on United such as the minimum four segments on United-operated flights and the number of Premier Qualifying Miles accumulated.
— Kris Ziel (@kziel) November 19, 2013
Although PQDs will not factor into elite status qualification until 2014, it is helpful to have a look at them now when you already have a sense of how much you spent in 2013 and what kind of status you’re likely to receive.
Kris says this should work for other browsers, but not being technically savvy in that area, I will only give instructions for Chrome. (Update: Chrome appears to be responding with an error message, suggesting United has implemented a fix. Try a different browser, or see the link Wandering Aramean provided in the comments to an alternative method.)
- Open Chrome and navigate to United.com. Log into your account and visit the ‘My Account’ page.
- Open the Console by pressing Command + Option + J (Mac) or Control + Shift + J (PC).
- Copy and paste the following command in the Console, then press Enter. (Ignore the link; just copy the entire line.)
- A new window will pop up with your elite progress summary.
The results can be truly scary!
Two of my readers have earned Premier 1K status this year and have accrued just under $5,000 PQDs for 2013. That’s not even enough for Premier Gold status under the new program rules. If this were 2014, they would earn Premier Silver despite flying over 100,000 miles. I’m not at the end of the year yet, but I’m nowhere close.
Only $2,791 PQDs with 66,300 PQMs. Normally that would be considered a good cost-per-mile, especially considering that PQDs do not account for mandatory taxes and other fees. But there’s no way I could requalify for Premier 1K status with this kind of spending pattern next year. I would have to start shelling out left and right for domestic first class tickets and international W fares (at least I would get to use my GPUs, but in the past I’ve been content to give them away or settle for domestic upgrades).
Be afraid. Be very afraid. If you were thinking, like me, that it might still be worth sticking around with United after the recent award chart changes, think again because now you might very well lose your status in addition to affordable awards on Star Alliance partners.
Remember that there are two exceptions to the PQD requirements for elite status in 2014. First, you can have an address outside the United States. I know some people have said they’re using a friend’s address in Canada or something like that. I’m not sure it’s worth the effort, and I’m not sure you will evade United’s scrutiny. If I were them, I’d run an audit and follow up on people who are always departing Seattle but with an address in Vancouver.
Second, you can spend $25,000 per year on a United co-branded credit card to waive the PQD requirement. However, this will not waive the requirement for Premier 1K status. I have already decided to settle for Premier Platinum next year, and so I may go this route. But I am seriously considering an American/Alaska status run next year.