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Check your MileagePlus account: United starts depositing PQPs into Premier accounts

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If you qualified for United Premier status last year, this one is for you.

When United Airlines announced it would be harder to qualify for Premier status, it softened the blow by promising its Premier members a one-time deposit of Premier qualifying points for those who qualified for status in 2022.

Now, United has begun depositing these one-time PQPs into MileagePlus accounts.

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United PQP deposits

United Polaris seats 3L and 4L

United is making one-time PQP deposits. Here’s what you can expect, based on the status you qualified for in 2022:

  • Premier Silver: 500 PQPs.
  • Premier Gold: 1,000 PQPs.
  • Premier Platinum: 1,500 PQPs.
  • Premier 1K: 2,500 PQPs.

If you held Premier status as of Feb. 1, 2023, you’re eligible for a PQP deposit according to your status level. Unfortunately, Premier members who hold status from a status challenge won’t receive a PQP deposit.

United starter PQP
As a Premier 1K member, United deposited 2,500 PQPs into my account. UNITED.COM

United will also give the same head-start bonus in 2024, but the amount you’ll receive will depend on the status you earn this year.

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What if I buy up to status?

United Airlines widebody jets

While we generally don’t recommend buying up to the next United status tier, how many PQPs will United deposit to your account if you do?

According to United’s website, you’ll earn the PQP deposit based on your Feb. 1 status. So, if you purchased the status buy-up before then, you’ll receive the PQP deposit from your new status. Otherwise, expect a PQP deposit from the status you qualified for in 2022.

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United Airlines economy class on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
United Airlines economy class on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY

If you’re a United lifetime Premier member, you’ll receive a PQP deposit based on your corresponding status, even if you didn’t fly in 2022.

Related: Is it worth pursuing lifetime elite status?

Bottom line

United increased the Premier status requirements for earning status in 2023. So, the PQP deposit certainly helps. Check your MileagePlus account for an entry labeled “Starter PQP.”