Chase Card holders with most United Credit Cards need not lose hope. If you are within 5,000 PQM (Elite miles) of reaching your Elite miles target for the year and you cannot make the last flight you needed to get over the threshold, you have an option!
Elite qualification is something some of us have to fight for all year. As a (un)road warrior, this is an annual process for me – scrounge for every PQM to get to (for me) 50,000 PQM in a year for qualifying as a Gold Elite with United. This year was no different. And plans did not go as I had hoped either. There were cancelled trips, trips on Delta (yikes!) as United has terrible early morning connectivity to Atlanta from DC, missed flights that resulted in me flying American (double yikes!) and the mother of them all – I redeemed miles on myself (breaking my own rule) for a roundtrip Business Class ticket to India!
So, I had given up hope on hitting 50,000 PQM this year when the unthinkable happened – I received my 5,000 PQM from my United MileagePlus card for hitting a spend target of $35,000 in a year. This card is an old United card now called the United MileagePlus card that, I believe, is not available to apply for anymore. That brought me within a couple of thousand miles of Gold. But, no more flights! All my travel for the year was done and I do not do mileage runs. I then remembered that my United card had another benefit – the ability to redeem RDM for PQM – using a program called United Choices. There are other benefits thru this redemption program that I will cover in a later post, but the one that matters most now is the ability buy PQM with RDM for no cash cost! You can redeem RDM in increments of 10,000 for a 1,000 PQM each, upto a maximum of 5,000 PQM. It got me over the line!
I would suggest checking this out. Especially if like me, you value cash over miles. Miles can be earned by just applying for a card. I recently earned 50,000 miles thru my Chase Ink card, all of which can be transferred to United! So, hope is not lost. Even this late in the year, just like I did, you can get up to 5,000 additional PQM from the comfort of your couch.