In a not-so-shocking announcement this morning, it appears that United is following Delta's lead and has introduced a minimum spend requirement for 2014. The requirements by status work out to be:
- Premier Silver: [25,000 PQM or 30 PQS] and $2,500 PQD
- Premier Gold: [50,000 PQM or 60 PQS] and $5,000 PQD
- Premier Platinum: [75,000 PQM or 90 PQS] and $7,500 PQD
- Premier 1K: [100,000 PQM or 120 PQS] and $10,000 PQD
The numbers seem to be on par with what Delta has. Unlike Delta though, United is counting partner flights which is a huge differentiator. Interesting to note, this is only applicable to US based Mileage Plus residents.
One other note, Silvers, Gold and Platinums who spend at least $25k on a Chase Credit card are waived from the minimum requirement. 1Ks, however are not granted a waiver.
Personally, I'm ecstatic about these changes as it means the long needed thinning of elite ranks may finally come to fruition, which in turn means better upgrades and more benefits for the elite ranks.