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I know this won’t be relevant to that many people, especially in light of the new revenue requirement that will require those in the United States to not only fly 100,000 elite qualifying miles to hit 1K status with United, but also spend $10,000 Premier Qualifying dollars. However, I have seen questions about the timing of things when you hit 1K status that I wanted to share my experience since I just qualified myself.
I flew 100,100 elite qualifying miles on United in 2013 and crossed the 100,000 mile threshold to attain 1K status on the evening of December 31st – the last day of the year. I think that was probably cutting things a bit too close for comfort, but it all worked out in the end. For anyone who might be interested, here was how the timing of things worked once I flew the flight that put me over the 100k mark.
December 31, 2013 flew flight that put me over 100,000 elite qualifying miles
January 2, 2014 flight posted to my United account
January 2, 2014 account updated to reflect 1K status
January 3, 2014 2 Regional Premier Upgrades and 6 Global Premier Upgrades deposited in account
It was also someone interesting to note that the flight that pushed me to 1K posted with 100% redeemable miles bonus instead of the 75% bonus that I would have received as a Platinum. So, even though I wasn’t 1K when the flight took off, I got the 1K 100% redeemable miles bonus since I did hit that status by the time it landed. Obviously not a huge difference, but if the flight that brings you from one status level to another is a longer flight, it should result in some decent additional redeemable miles.
I’m sure the exact timing of events will vary some from one person to the next, but that was my experience. As soon as I saw the Regional upgrades deposited, I promptly applied one that I needed for a flight to Hawaii next summer. Using a regional upgrade is a much, much better option than 30,000 miles + $500 to secure an upgrade!
I hope everyone who achieved elite status in 2013 is able to make the most of their perks in 2014!