United Elite Premier Status

Benefits and How To Qualify

Details on how to obtain United Premier Status and the benefits that comes with each tier of status.


United Premier Status comes with benefits such as bonus miles, complimentary seat upgrades, discounted award fees, international lounge access, free checked bags, and Star Alliance status. United has a 4-tier loyalty program consisting of Member, Premier Silver, Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, and Premier 1K. Earning status with United is based on miles or segments flown and revenue spend on airfare.

Qualifying For Premier Status

United Elite Premier Status is earned based on Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) or Premier Qualifying Segments (PQSs). If you live in the United States, you will also have to meet a minimum annual spending level which is tracked with Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs). Each tier requires a certain amount of PQMs, PQSs, and PQDs. Once you qualify based on the requirements, you will earn that status. Elite status with United is good for the remainder of the year in which it was earned as well as the following year. Meeting the requirements again the next year will extend your status for another year.

What Are Premier Qualification Miles?

Premier Qualification Miles (PQMs) are earned based on distance flown. These are earned on United Flights and Star Alliance partner airlines. The amount earned by airline will vary. PQMs are not to be confused with United Miles. United Mileage Plus Miles are earned from flying and they're used to redeem awards. PQMs cannot be used for award travel and are merely a way to keep track of your status in the program. PQMs can be earned on United and Star Alliance partner airlines.

What Are Premier Qualification Segments?

A Premier Qualification Segment (PQS) with United is a single flight between two points from lift-off to landing. A flight from City A to City B (no layerovers) would be one segment. A flight from City A to City C with a layover at City B would be 2 segments since between two points twice. PQSs can be earned on United and Star Alliance partner airlines.

What Are Premier Qualification Dollars?

U.S.-based cusomters are required to meet a certain amount of Premier Qualification Dollars (PQDs) along with meeting a certain amount of PQMs or PQSs. Premier Qualification Dollars measures your annual spending on United flights and on most partner flights. The ticket must be issued by United, issued by another carrier for a United flight, or issued by United for a flight on a MileagePlus Partner to receive PQDs.

Calculate Miles Based On Status

Enter your total United Spend in the table below and this calculator will let you know how many additional miles you would earn flying on United flights based on your tier in the Mileage Plus program. Do note that miles are based on the fare only and that taxes, surcharges, and carrier imposed fees do not count towards miles earned.

United Airlines Premier Status Mile Earning Chart
Base Fare
Mileage Plus Member
5x Per $1 (Base)
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Premier Silver
7x Per $1
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Premier Gold
8x Per $1
0 Miles
Premier Platinum
9x Per $1
0 Miles
Premier Platinum
9x Per $1
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Mileage Plus Member Benefits

Signing up for a Mileage Plus account allows you to earn and redeem Mileage Plus Miles as well as gives you the ability to start working towards Premier Status. United Members will earn 5 Mileage Plus Miles per $1 spent on eligible fares. As a United Mileage Plus Member, you would earn the base rate of 5 miles per $1 spent.

Premier Silver

The first tier in United's Mileage Plus program is United Premier Silver. Silver is offered after earning $3,000 Premier Qualification Dollars (U.S.-based customers only) and meeting one of the following conditions during the calendar year:

  • 25,000 Premier Qualification Miles
  • 30 Premier Qualification Segments

Once you meet the requirements, you will be granted Premier Silver which comes with the following benefits:

7x Miles

United Mileage Plus Premier Silver members will earn 7 miles per $1 spent on the base fare. This is a two mile earning over non-Premier members.

Complimentary Economy Plus Seats

United Mileage Plus Premier Silver members will have access to upgrade to Economy Plus Seats at flight check-in. Silver members can also upgrade one companion traveling within their reservation.

Complimentary Premier Upgrades

United Mileage Plus Premier Silver members will receive complimentary seat upgrades when available. Higher Premier members will get first dibs on upgrades and it will trickle down to Premier Silver. Complimentary Premier Upgrades (and any other upgrade in general) are not available for Basic Economy and Economy (first bag charge/no changes allowed) fare. Premier Silver will be able to receive these upgrades on the day of departure and will receive instant upgrades on Y- or B-class full-fare economy tickets. Companions traveling with Premier members will also be eligible to be upgraded as well.

Priority Services

All United Mileage Plus Premier members will receive access to a substantial amount of priority services. This includes priority: check-in, security screening, boarding, baggage handling, and desk phone line.

Free Checked Bag

United Mileage Plus Premier Silver members will receive one checked bag free of charge when traveling Economy on United flights. Silver members will receive up to three free checked bags when traveling United Business®, United First® and United Polaris®.

Award Travel

All United Mileage Plus Premier members will receive several perks when it comes to redeeming award travel on United Airlines. This includes priority award waitlisting, standby for international awards, unrestricted access to United Everyday Awards on United- and United Express-operated flights, and better award availability for United Saver Awards in economy.

Discounted Award Fees

United Mileage Plus Premier Silver members will receive reduced fees for booking a Mileage Plus award ticket (through any channel) less than 21 days before departure and for making changed to award travel.

Star Alliance Silver

Members who are United Mileage Plus Premier Silver will receive Star Alliance Silver status. This status applies to airlines within Star Alliance. Star Alliance Silver offers priority reservations waitlisting which gives you higher priority when waiting for seats to become available prior to your day of departure when there aren't any seats left on your preferred flight and priority airport standby which gives you higher priority when standing by for a flight at the airport.

Bonus United Miles

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Premier Gold

The second tier in United's Mileage Plus program is United Premier Gold. Gold is offered after earning $6,000 Premier Qualification Dollars (U.S.-based customers only) and meeting one of the following conditions during the calendar year:

  • 50,000 Premier Qualification Miles
  • 60 Premier Qualification Segments

Once you have met those requirements, you will be granted Premier Gold which comes with the perks of Premier Silver along with the following benefits:

8x Miles

United Mileage Plus Premier Gold members will receive 8x United Miles per $1 spent on the base fare. This is only a slight bump up of 1 mile per $1 spent from Premier Silver.

Complimentary Economy Plus Seats

United Mileage Plus Premier Gold members will have the ability to select Economy Plus seats at the time of booking. As will Premier Silver members, Premier Gold will also be able to upgrade one companion traveling on the same reservation.

Complimentary Premier Upgrades

United Mileage Plus Premier Gold members will be able to receive the same complimentary seat upgrades as Premier Silver members, but Premier Gold members will be able receive their conformation as early as 48 hours before departure.

International Lounge Access

Members who carry United Mileage Plus Premier Gold and higher will earn complimentary lounge access when traveling internationally.

Free Checked Bags

United Mileage Plus Premier Gold members will receive two checked bags free of charge when traveling Economy on United flights. As with Premier Silver, Premier Gold members will also will receive up to three free checked bags when traveling United Business®, United First® and United Polaris®.

Discounted Booking/Award Fees

Members who have United Mileage Plus Premier Gold status will receive a higher discounted that Premier Silver when it comes to fees on booking and changing award travel. Premier Gold members will also have waived same-day flight changes.

Star Alliance Gold

Member who obtain United Mileage Plus Premier Gold and higher will be given Star Alliance Gold status. This status applies to airlines within Star Alliance. Star Alliance Gold comes with an extensive amount of perks including:

  • Priority Check-In
  • Extra Baggage Allowance
  • Priority Security & Immigration (Gold Track)
  • Airport Lounge Access
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority Baggage Handling
  • Priority Reservation Waitlisting
  • Priority Airport Standby
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Premier Platinum

Third in United's Mileage Plus program is United Premier Platinum. Premier Platinum is offered after reaching $9,000 Premier Qualification Dollars (U.S.-based customers only) and meeting one of the following conditions during the calendar year:

  • 75,000 Premier Qualification Miles
  • 90 Premier Qualification Segments

Once you have met these requirements, you will be granted Premier Platinum which comes with the perks of Premier Gold along with the following benefits:

9x Miles

United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum members will earn 9x United Miles per $1 spent on base fare. This is another increase of 1 mile between statuses.

Complimentary Economy Plus Seats

United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum members will be able to book Economy Plus seats at the time of booking like Premier Gold members. Premier Platinum Members receive the additional benefit of being able to having 8 Economy Plus companions.

Complimentary Premier Upgrades

Members who reach United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum status will receive their complimentary seat upgrades up to 72 hours before departure. Premier Platinum members and higher will also be eligible for Regional Premier Upgrades.

Free Checked Bags

United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum and higher members will receive three checked bags free of charge for Economy, United Business®, United First® and United Polaris®.

Discounted United Club Rates

United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum members will receive discounted United Club Rates. This discount applies to paying cash or with points as well as annual membership and annual membership with spouse rates.

Discounted Phone Services

Mileage Plus Premier Platinum members will also receive discounted phone services when it comes to purchasing tickets or changing flight plans over the phone.

Award Travel

United Mileage Plus Premier Platinum members and higher will receive better availability for United Saver Awards in economy as well as better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins.

Premier 1K

The fourth and highest tier in United's Mileage Plus program is United Premier 1K. 1K is offered after reaching $15,000 Premier Qualification Dollars (U.S.-based customers only) and meeting one of the following conditions during the calendar year:

  • 100,000 Premier Qualification Miles
  • 120 Premier Qualification Segments

Once you meet those requirements you will be granted Premier 1K which comes with the perks of Premier Platinum along with the following benefits:

11x Miles

Premier 1K members will receive 11x United Miles per $1 spent on base fare. This is the most you can earn in the program and it offers more than double of what a non-Premier Mileage Plus member would earn.

Complimentary Premier Upgrades

Complimentary premier upgrades will be available for United Mileage Plus Premier 1K members as early as 96 hours before departure time. Premier 1K members will also receive instant upgrades on Y-, B-, and M-class tickets. 1K members are also eligible for Global Premier upgrades as well as Regional Premier upgrades.

Dedicated Phone Line

Premier 1K members will have their own dedicated desk line when calling United.

Other Benefits

United Mileage Plus Premier 1K members will also receive a higher discount on United Club Membership & waived Phone Service fees, waived award booking fees, waived award redeposit fees, and waived award change fees.


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