United and Continental have announced the first details of the 2011 elite program, and many 1Ks are going to be unhappy. 1Ks will now earn only 4 CR-1s (confirmed regional upgrades) for 100,000 miles of flying versus 8 for the same (or less) flying in prior years. In addition, 1Ks won't earn any CR-1s until they reach 75,000 EQMs for the year.
1K qualification will now require 120 EQS (elite qualifying segments), as compared to 100 EQS in prior years. Qualification via EQMs (elite qualifying miles) remains unchanged at 100,000.