In case you’ve forgotten here are the United program levels:
Double elite qualifying miles (EQM) gets you to the highest level faster. So if you are booking a flight. Far better to pay for it and then upgrade. Check your miles now. You need 50K EQM to make it to 1K traveler. It is strange don’t you think that 50,000 EQM gets you 1K which is really 100,000 mile traveler. They need to work on their math!
Premier Level – Flying 25,000 EQM a year or 30 segments on either United or Star Alliance partners gets you a Premier level status. An EQM or equivalent miles is your actual miles adjusted by whatever bonus. Having a double EQM means, you only have to fly 12.5K to make it to Premier!
Premier Executive Level – If you have flown 50,000 miles or 60 segments, you would qualify for the Premier Executive status.
1K Level – You achieve a 1K Level status when you have flown 100,000 miles or 100 segments in one calender year.
Continental Airlines and United Airlines Announce Comprehensive Plan for Global Cooperation; Continental Plans to Join Star Alliance.
CHICAGO, June 19, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Continental Airlines (CAL) and United Airlines (UAUA) today announced a framework agreement to cooperate extensively, linking their networks and services worldwide to the benefit of customers, and creating revenue opportunities and cost savings and other efficiencies. In addition, Continental plans to join United in the Star Alliance, the most comprehensive airline alliance in the world.
I can’t tell you exactly what the qualifications are (although they did come out last September and state in letters to current members that flying 50,000 miles in full fare coach, business or first was one certain way to qualify).
UA’s 2005 numbers (yes, a bit dated), show:
18,000 Global Services members
239,000 Premier Executive