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Presidential Plus renewal annual fees going up to $450

by on Tue May 2, 2017 • No Comment
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If you have a United Presidential Plus card, your annual fee is about to go up.

Flyertalk members who hold the card are reporting letters from Chase notifying them of an increase in the renewal annual fee to $450, from the prior fees of $375 or $395.

And lifetime United Club members who had a $100 annual fee are also getting the same notification, though there’s no word on whether that is a mistake, since the primary reason benefit of the card and its big annual fee is the club membership.

The $450 matches the annual fee being charged to new United Club Card holders as of last year, and catches up with last year’s increase in standalone United Club annual fees.

The Presidential Plus card hasn’t been open to new applicants for several years.

It’s unique because it lets you earn unlimited United Premier Qualifying Miles from card spending, at 1,000 PQMs for every $5,000 spent, though you can only use these card earned PQMs to qualify up to Platinum status. 1K has to be earned by flying.

And, simply holding the card exempts you from United’s Premier Qualifying Dollar requirements up to the Premier Platinum level. Other United credit cardholders have to spend $25,000 a year on their cards to get the exemption.

That’s probably the most valuable benefit if you fly United a lot, but tend to fly on the cheapest fares.

Otherwise, this looks like a way to make entry to United Clubs more expensive, and no word yet on whether new benefits are on the way.

 

 

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