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Goodbye Presidential Plus credit card; new United Club Card may not be identical

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Well now that the United / Continental merger is complete, we can say goodbye to any new applications for the Presidential Plus airline credit card from Chase. It is now replaced for new applications by the United Mileage Plus Club Card.

However the benefits of this new Club card are somewhat different than the Presidential Plus

The good news is…if you already have a Presidential Plus credit card, you can keep renewing it with the same benefits, but if you cancel it you won’t be able to get a Presidential Plus card again because it’s not open for new applications anymore.

Benefits of the United Presidential Plus Card include:

  • Discounts on wine at United Clubs
  • Flex elite qualifying miles Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) – 1,000 miles earned for every $5,000 you spend
  • Elite qualifying miles only count toward status up to 75,000 miles. If you earn beyond that credit card earned elite miles won’t count. They don’t want you to hit top tier 1K status with credit card spend.
  • You can waive the spending requirement to earn elite status up to Premier Platinum. For example, earning Premier Gold during 2015 requires 50,000 Premier Qualifying Miles, plus $6,000 in qualifying ticket purchases (Premier Qualifying Dollars). Presidential Plus cardholders don’t have to meet the $6,000 ticker purchase requirement.
  • 2 for 1 Business First tickets (click here to see how it works)
  • Full United Club access
  • Premier Access priority boarding, security
  • Avis President’s Club membership (ends December 2015)
  • Hertz President’s Circle membership (starting January 2015)
  • Hyatt Platinum status

So what does the United Mileage Plus Club credit card offer?

It is nearly identical to the Presidential Plus card except…

  • You DON’T earn Premier Qualifying Miles.
  • You DON’T get Avis President’s Club status. Instead, you get Avis First, a lower level, and you will also get Hertz President’s Club in 2015.
  • You DON’T get an automatic waiver of the Premier Qualifying Dollar requirement. Instead, you need to spend $25,000 on your card to qualify for the waiver.
  • You ADD earning 1.5 miles per dollar on all purchases. The Presidential Plus only earns 1 mile per dollar.
  • You ADD no close-in award booking fees. If you book an award ticket less than 21 days prior to departure United charges a $75 fee, but this is waived for Club Card holders.

So if you value the Premier Qualifying miles, automatic exemption from the Premier Qualifying Dollar requirement, and Avis President’s Club status you’ll want to keep your Presidential Plus Card and not switch to the United Club Card, or you’ll lose those privileges.

If you don’t value those two benefits you’re better off switching to the United Club card for 50% faster mile earning.

Click here for a full review of the United Club credit card.

For a complete comparison of all United credit cards click here.

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137 thoughts on Goodbye Presidential Plus credit card; new United Club Card may not be identical

  1. Mike M

    Just received my new Chase United Mileage Plus Club Card and am excited to start earning more miles. I have a funny question – do you know what metal this card is made from?

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  2. jasonrmsmith

    Hi MileCards, thanks for the great articles.
    I’ll be racking up the miles this year on Turkish Airlines, they are the most efficient and cheapest Business tickets for SFO – BEG. I want to collect my points for later use with United.
    Last year I earned $100k+ PQM with United but only received Silver status due to lack of PQD.
    If I understand correctly the CHASE Mileage Plus Club could be a good option to waiver the PQD so I can achieve (at least) Gold Status on United with a similar PQM as last year…. is this assumption correct?
    Many thanks – J.

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  3. Colton

    I am currently Premier Platinum on United and really don’t fly that often. I would like to maintain this status, if possible, and thought you might have some advice. I am a Presidential Plus cardholder as well as I have the following:

    Flexible Premier qualifying miles: 52,000
    YTD Premier qualifying miles:3,441
    YTD Premier qualifying segments: 3
    YTD Premier qualifying dollars:$694
    4 flight segment minimum:Waived
    Lifetime flight miles: 64,886

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Colton – If you don’t fly all that often maybe not worth it at this point?

      You could use all your Flexible Premier miles now and have 58,441 for the year, which leaves you 16,000 or so short of Platinum.

      Maybe a better bet is to wait until January, and use up 50,000 Flexible Premier miles. That will get you Gold status. And if you happen to fly 25,000 miles next year, you’ll earn Platinum for the rest of the year and 2018.

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      1. Colton

        I am planning on traveling quite a bit more next year and wanted to have the Platinum status. Would it be advisable to buy up the 16,000 points to get me to Platinum?

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Colton – Probably not cheap to buy that many – talking $1,000 or more? In that case maybe better to stay at Gold and pay for some upgrades when they really matter.

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  4. Cory

    Hi! I wanted to confirm what you said regarding the PQD waiver the the CLUB card. Spending 25k waives the PQD for 2017? Are the any other cards other than the club card that will do that? I fly to Asia and generally accumulate much more miles than I do spend on dollars so this would be great.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Cory – The basic Explorer Card will also get the PQDs waived for spending $25k. For both cards, that waiver only applies up to Platinum status, not 1K.

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  5. TonyM

    I still have a Presidential Plus card. starting to wonder if the added benefits are worth it, no need for the PQM these days.

    Of of the perks of Presidential Plus was that you were eligible for upgrades on mileage tickets if booked using the card. Does the Club Card have the same benefits?

    Also, any way to transfer PQM to someone else (specifically spouse)?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Toney – Yes, and even the basic Explorer card makes you eligible for the upgrades on award tickets if you’re a Premier member. As for the PQM, unfortunately they aren’t transferable / giftable.

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  6. S. David

    I am a 1K member on United and currently have the Chase Mileage Plus card. The Presidential Card which is not available for new members allows you to purchase 2 for 1 business class tickets for overseas travel. Is there a credit card that still does this? I currently travel overseas often for work, but the tickets are paid for by my employer. I would like to be able to occasionally travel overseas with my wife on the 2 for 1 option. I appreciate any information you can provide.

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  7. HAC

    What exactly are Flexible Premier Miles and how do I use them? I have 74K miles with some miles set to expire. FYI… I have the Presidential Plus United card.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @HAC – Flexible Premier Miles help you earn MileagePlus Premier elite status, which gives you benefits like Economy Plus seats for free, upgrades when available, and fewer fees for award tickets.

      There are 3 levels you can earn with the help of the Premier miles you have:

      Silver – 25k
      Gold – 50k
      Platinum – 75k

      The other way you earn Premier miles is by flying. So let’s say you’ve earned 5k Premier miles this year by flying. Then you could use 45k of your Flexible Premier miles to add to your 5k, getting you a total of 50k miles, which is enough to earn Gold status.

      Premier miles are a ‘counter’ which track your progress toward earning Premier status each year. They’re a separate account than the miles that you use to book award tickets.

      Premier miles are counted based on a calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31).

      So for your soon to expire miles, you could either have them count toward this year’s earning, or redeem them in January to give you a head start on next year’s.

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      1. Alesha Harcourt

        I’m wondering if you are gold for life, if you still need 75000 PQM’s to achieve platinum or just 25000?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Joe – Thanks for the heads up – but looks like it’s just the word ‘new’ appended to the URL. No change to the benefits there. It’s had that ‘new’ designation for a while.

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      1. Jaime

        I saw the new Presidential Plus card as well (from the link in this thread), but no link to “apply” for it.
        Do I need to call Chase to apply?

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Jaime – It hasn’t been open to new applicants in a while. But if you have a MileagePlus credit card give a call to the number on your card to see if a conversion is possible (but we haven’t heard anything lately on success – so it might not be possible).

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  8. ChrisJ

    I don’t currently have status but have just accumulated 25k Flex PQMs. I was about to transfer them in order to get silver status but was presented with the question of which year to apply the Flex PQMs to: 2015 (for 2016 premier status) or 2016 (for 2017 premier status). My initial thought was to apply to 2016 so I can have premier status from now through 2017…am I missing something? Any advantage to apply towards 2015 PQMs?
    I’m about to check-in for a flight tomorrow morning and would like to get extra legroom for free but if that’s the only advantage I would gain from applying to 2015 then I wouldn’t do it. Thanks for the help.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @ChrisJ – Sorry for the late reply – sounds like no advantage to apply to 2015. You’d get Silver status either way right away by applying to 2016.

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  9. AJK

    I am trying to figure out which card should I apply for. I fly for business in the US 5-6 times a year and usually once overseas. I hope to start collecting miles so can use them for trips to Europe. Please advise.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @AJK – Depends on whether you care about lounge access. Probably the best first step if you tend to fly United is get the Chase Sapphire Preferred. The points it earns can transfer directly into your United account anytime. And it also has the flexibility to use the points to buy plane tickets like cash if you don’t find good award space, as well as transfer to other airline programs like Southwest Rapid Rewards and British Airways Avios.

      If you care about lounge access when flying United, then the United Club card is the one to get.

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  10. Charles

    I have several hundred thousand pqms, is there any other use for them besides upgrading to premier platinum status? Is there another card that provides pqms that is more favorable?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Charles – Unfortunately that’s about it. You could decide to spread them out and qualify for a lower level of status more often, but nothing that will help you get to 1K.

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  11. Charles

    I have several hundred thousand pqms, is there any other use for them besides upgrading to premier platinum status? I fly mainly out of Houston and accumulate miles rapidly( through card purchases). Is there another card that provides pqms that is more favorable?

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  12. David Self

    I still use my Presidential United Airlines MasterCard. I am flying from Houston to Mexico next month. I am confused about my current (January 2016) FREE baggage allowance and weights. Please define. Thanks.

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  13. Deetz

    Any idea if I add an authorized user to an existing Presidential Plus account, would they be able to spin off into their own account and get the full perks still? Looking to get my son the PQM benefits of spending even if it’s a pittance compared to Delta’s EQM.

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  14. dave

    its going to be a bummer to lose avis presidential status at the end of the month is there any way to get that back or any other card that has that . Hertz just plain out SUCKS!!!!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @dave – Yeah for now there aren’t many Avis Presidents Club alternatives via card spending unless you get the $5,000 a year Centurion Card from Amex! But maybe calling Avis after it expires to request another year based on your rental history. Another option is to get your Presidents Club status matched over to National Executive Elite and see if Avis will then match back.

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  15. DAVID LEIBOWITZ

    I just received an email from United alerting me to the fact that I have 6,000 Flex Miles that will expire in March, 2016. As I have not had much opportunity to earn United Premier Miles this year, and will not likely make Elite status for 2016, even if I transfer my Flex Miles, does this mean I will simply LOSE the Flex Miles? Is there anything else I can do to gain benefit from them?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @David – Not much else you can do – just apply them in 2016 in case next year’s travel gets you closer to Premier status.

      But double check that it’s all 6,000 that are expiring. It’s possible only a portion of them were earned in 2012. Those earned in 2013 for example won’t expire for a year later.

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  16. Mark

    Delta’s credit card gives you 15,000 PQMs when you hit $25,000 card spend and United doesn’t even offer any PQMs with a credit card unless you were grandfathered in to the Presidential card. I consider United and Delta 2 of the major US Airlines so I’m wondering why United would have a program that falls so short compared to what Delta has to offer. Are there any plans in the future for United to offer a way to earn PQMs another way besides flying the physical miles? I for one would get a United credit immediately if they had an option comparable to what Delta has.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mark – That would be great but so far nothing that we know of. Delta also waives the Premier Qualifying Dollar requirement all the way up to its top tier, Diamond Medallion, if you spend $25k on the card. United won’t waive it to let you reach 1K status.

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  17. Barrett Brockhage

    I’m sitting on 54K Flexible Premier Qualification Miles. I have hardly any PQD, as I use miles to pay for most of my flights. I have spent $25K++ on my Presidential Plus card this year 2015. Will United still offer the PQD waver if I use the Flex miles next year, or should I use them this year so I have status for another year. I’m currently GOLD. I think they are going to discontinue the PQM waver for card holders, and I don’t want to loose my Flex miles.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Barrett – Haven’t heard anything about them dropping the PQD waiver. Your Flex miles earned this year are good for almost 3 years, so they won’t expire next year.

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  18. Cheryl

    We got a letter about a month ago stating that we will not longer have access to the United Clubs after next August. We have a Presidential Plus Mastercard where my husband is the primary account holder. We’ve always paid an extra fee on top of the yearly fee so I can have access to the club when I travel alone. What is going on? Trying to decrease traffic in the Club?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Cheryl – Unfortunately they did get rid of spouse memberships effective next August. So your husband will still be able to access the clubs, and you can too when with him.

      But on your own you’ll need your own separate membership via either your own credit card or buying a membership from United. It’s unfortunate, the spouse option was a great perk, and it looks like United is trying to keep the clubs from being too crowded.

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  19. CLW

    Looking to sign up for a United Card. I understand that you cannot reach 1K by credit card spend but wondering how it works if you try to combine card spend and spend on tickets? Are you able to reach 1K through a combination of spend on the card and ticket purchases (i.e. <$10k of ticket spend)?

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @CLW – Unfortunately only the ticket spend itself will count toward Premier Qualifying Dollar spending.

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  20. John francis

    Milecards. Do the PQM expire now that they are under United. I am getting different answers. I have called United and Chase.
    If this is so am I better using my club card with the 1.5% miles per dollar?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @John – Flex PQM earned before January 2012 never expire. Those earned January 2012 or later expire 39 months after the end of the calendar year they were earned. So Flex PQMs you earned in 2012 expire in early 2016. Those in 2013 expire in early 2017 and so on.

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      1. CC

        First let me say that after many years of being Platinum,.mostly through credit card spend, I still do not understand PQM’s and how to best take advantage of them. Right now I am plat through Feb 2017 (Is I remember correctly!!)…although I can’t see this anywhere on my statement.

        I have 602,000 total flex PQM (yes I was one of the lucky ones you got the Presidential Plus card before it went away and use it religiously) – how do I know WHEN these were earned and when they will expire?

        In addition when looking at my online mileage plus activity statement it also has a line under award miles that says:
        Available Flexible Premier qualifying miles: 175,000
        What are these and how are they different from the 602,00 in the Premier Qualifications column?

        Ridiculous that I cannot understand this after all these years! Can someone help me battered brain make sense of this?

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        1. Marylyn Carlyle

          In your account next to the words flexible miles you’ll see a tiny link. It may be a question mark or an “i” for information. Hit that and it’ll tell you exactly when each set of flexible miles will expire.

          You can use those Flex Miles to earn you platinum elite with no $$$ spent. If you use your card for this purpose alone it is still a good deal.

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  21. Nicole D

    I am switching from the Explorer card to the Club card and was told I have to apply for the Club card instead of switching accounts over in order to get the first year annual fee waived and then they can merge my old account to the new one. I did this and was also advised to keep my explorer account open right now and not have it switched to my new club card until the first day of my next billing statement so I do not lose the miles accumulated in my last billing cycle. Will the PQD balance move over as well?? I am on track to spend $25k this year to have my PQD waived.

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  22. john

    What’s the benefit of PQMs? The way I see it if you spend $5000 on either card, the PP gets you 6000 miles (1 mile/$ + 1000 PQM) but the MileagePlus gets you 7500 miles strictly from 1.5 miles/$

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    1. MileCards.com

      @John – PQMs help you earn Premier status with United – Silver, Gold or Platinum – which gets you complimentary upgrade standby and Economy Plus seating privileges.

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  23. Ben

    I have had the Business Presidential Plus United Card for a few years now. I have never bothered messing with the Flexible Premier Qualifying Miles, but just realized I have accumulated 355,000. Do I just transfer 75,000 of the Flexible Premier miles to achieve Platinum status? Also, do those 355,000 expire at the end of the year? Can I use them for anything other than Status?

    Also, if I want to switch to the United Club Plus card to achieve 1.5mi/$1, will I lose my 355,000 Flexible Premier Miles and start over, or will they let me keep them?

    Thanks, and great site btw!!!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ben – That’s right – they are just for earning status. You can transfer up to 75,000 of them to earn Platinum. Though if you’ve already earned some from flying, you don’t need to transfer a full 75,000. So if you have earned 12,000 this year by flying, transfer over 63,000 Flexible Premier miles to earn Platinum.

      As far as the expiration goes, the Flex PQMs you’ve earned after January 2012 expire 39 months after the end of the year they were earned. So if you earned 65,000 during 2012 those will expire in March of 2016. Those earned in 2013 will expire in March of 2017 and so on.

      If you earned any before 2012 those will never expire.

      United always transfers the PQMs that are about to expire first.

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  24. Janie

    We have the presidential plus. I’m considering moving to the club card b/c we don’t care about the qualifying miles and is like to earn 1.5 miles on purchases. However I’m confused on what it means to lose the $25k waiver on premier. Does that strictly apply to premier qualifying miles or do I need to spend $25k for other benefits? I also use my Chade Sapphire Preferred a lot and don’t want to have to put $25k On the United club card.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Janie – To earn Premier status with United you need to meet two requirements. First, number of premier qualifying miles, and second, number of dollars spent on United tickets.

      With the Presidential Plus you the requirement for dollars spent on United tickets is waived, up to Platinum status.

      With the Club card, you need to spend $25,000 a year on the card to earn that same waiver.

      It’s not an issue if you don’t have or want Premier status, or spend enough on United tickets to meet the mile and flight spending requirements.

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  25. K H

    You don’t earn more Flex miles, but if I switch to the Club card, do I lose what I’ve already earned?

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  26. Jana

    With The mileage plus club visa (I just got an offer for a free year)-where can I find a list of lounges that I can access? Can I use the lounge if I’m flying Southwest?

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  27. karen

    My husband has platinum statu. Can I also get the free bag and upgrades. As his spouse? Is there a fee I can pay?
    Thanks karen

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    1. MileCards.com

      @karen – If you’re traveling with him, yes you can get upgrades and free bags if you’re on the same reservation. But if you’re traveling alone unfortunately no, you’ll need a separate Explorer or Club Card to get the free bag. And upgrades you can only get if you fly a lot like him.

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  28. Ugur

    I’ve been to Turkish Airlines star alliance lounge in Istanbul once and it was amazing. With United mileage plus club card, do I get in there if I fly with Turkish Airlines economy plus (which is a star alliance member)? The reason I am asking, I don’t know what type of additional card I will receive from United but I don’t think it will have a gold star on it and I am thinking if I am not a gold star alliance member they won’t take me in. Another question, lets say they let me in and my wife what about my daughter who is going to be traveling with us? Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ugur – Yes it is amazing, and yes you can. It’s classified as a regular Business Class lounge, not a Star Gold only lounge, so you have access:

      http://www.staralliance.com/loungeFinderAction.do?language=en&fromAirportCode=IST&toAirportCode=JFK&From=Istanbul-Ataturk+%5BIST%5D%2C+Turkey&fromLat=&fromLon=&To=New+York-John+F.+Kennedy+%5BJFK%5D%2C+United+States&toLat=&toLon=&fromCountry=Turkey&toCountry=United+States&ffpClass=&showLoungeCode=submit&cabinClassCode=&ffpName=&ffpStatus=&paidClassCode=United+Club&airline=

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  29. Chris

    Since they won’t let the new applicants get Qualification points, do you know of another Business Credit card offer that does allow you to spend to get Qualification? I’m looking to choose the credit card and airline I can do that with. If not, I’ll take the United Club one, and ask CHASE bank to switch me over since we hold a lot of money in our CHASE bank accounts.

    Great website btw-sorry for asking my question here-didn’t see too much for business only cards so I’m asking here 🙂
    Chris

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  30. Nancy Callicott

    Are United/Chase reward points using a Presidential Plus card only given on air travel or do they get issued for ALL charged made on the card? Also, do they expire after a certain period of time?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Nancy – All eligible charges earn miles. And as long as you hold the card they never expire. If you choose to stop holding a card, they expire after 18 months of no activity. But you can reset that clock by earning as little as one mile, or spending as little as one mile.

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  31. Mel McDev

    @MileCards Has there been any reconsideration from United regarding a card that allows someone to earn PQMs on united. If not, switching from Delta Diamond to United, any advice on how to gain status on United? Was told I have to fly 35k miles in 3 months for them to accept my Delta status?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mel – That status challenge is the best you can do. At least you will have the benefits of status while you earn the challenge. As for going forward they are pretty tight on allowing PQM earning by other means.

      You can though buy extra PQMs whenever you purchase a ticket. It’s not cheap, but it is an option if you’re in a pinch to requalify.

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  32. Jeff

    I’m a mileageplus platinum member. I have the Presidential Plus card. So, essentially, as a holder of that card (which they’re not issuing to new applicants), I just earn qualifying miles the old-fashioned way, by distance flown? I don’t have to worry about dollars spent at all, even after March 1?

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  33. Joan

    How can I find the specific expiration dates of my Premier Qualifying Miles I earned by spending on my Chase Presidential Plus MC?

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  34. Pat

    I have a presidential plus card and it’s up to date: I’m paying for 4 adults to fly to Mexico, can we all use the presidential lounge, have 2 free baggage checked each, priority check-in and anything else I should know? paying with air miles in account and additional fee with presidential card. thanks Pat

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Pat – Up to 2 of you can get the 2 free checked bags. And up to 3 of you can use the United Club (cardholder plus 2 guests).

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  35. Eddie

    Hello MileCards.

    I noticed that you saw a few instances where some were able to get the presidentialPlus cards from the club card. i’ve been looking for the thread online but can’t seem to locate them.

    Do you remember where you read about it?

    Thank you.

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    1. markg

      I can confirm that Chase does make rare exceptions to the “no new applicants” on Presidential Plus cards. I had a regular, un-updated standard Mileage Plus Select Visa that hadn’t been updated since around year 2000. I called last year and asked if I could get a Presidential Plus card. They said it’s not open to new applicants, and I said, I’ve been w/ this credit card since Chase bought First USA in the 90’s blah blah blah… so they had me change my Select card to the Club Card in the meantime, and the guy said, people ask all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone get one. However, he would put in a request nevertheless. I got a letter about two weeks later that they had made an exception for me and they would be delighted to invite me to the Presidential Plus card. I got a new account number, got switched over to MasterCard from Visa, and all my account history moved over with it. The Club Card was thus cancelled, the fees are slightly different, so there had to be a refund and a new charge for the annual fee etc, and this was all already taken care of. I received the welcome materials a few days later. I happen to also have a Mileage Plus Club Card as my business card, and frankly, I’m far more satisfied using the Presidential Plus.

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      1. MileCards.com

        @markg – Thanks for the great report. Sounds like being a longtime customer in the United portfolio is part of it.

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  36. charles

    could i go local chase to try my luck on the presidential plus card? i want the benefit of PQM thanks.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @charles – We have heard that a few people have had luck getting Club cards switched to Presidential, but not enough to form any patterns.

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  37. @sw

    Does United Club card with an annual fee of $395 have unlimited access to lounges (both domestic anbd international) or is there a cap?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @sw – There is no cap on your lounge visits. Just note that when visiting a non-United lounge you need to by flying on a Star Alliance carrier.

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  38. Maria Neel

    Hello, I have a United Presidential Plus card that has a $395 annual fee. Part of the benefits of that card was 2 checked bags for free…yet when I checked in for my flight yesterday I was charged 40 for the second bag. When I produced my Presidential Plus card the woman said it didn’t matter and insisted on the additional $40 charge for the second. Is possible to get a refund or please clarify this issue for me. Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Maria – The first 2 checked bags free benefit hasn’t changed. Give a call to the number on the back of your card to let them know what happened.

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  39. Tom

    I just purchased tickets on the United website. I paid for them using my Chase/United Presidential Plus card (valid thru 11/15). In the past, purchasing tickets with this card resulted on free checked bags (1st and 2nd bag). However, today my reservation confirmation is showing that I will be charged for bags. I paid my annual $395 renewal fee 12/26/13 (6 mos. ago), and if I no longer get a free checked bag with this card (and the $395 fee) I will have to reconsider future renewal. Can you please confirm that “fee checked bags” on tickets paid for with a current/valid Chase/United Presidential Plus card are a thing of the past? If so, is there another card that offers a free check bag? Thanks.

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    1. MileCards

      @Tom – The benefit hasn’t changed and it still offers the first two checked bags free. Did you include the same MileagePlus number in the reservation as the one tied to your card?

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    2. JP

      We have just paid for a cruise with our Chase Presidential Plus card. I cannot find any info on travel insurance that might be included with the card. Can you please advise. I hate to buy separate travel ins. . Thanks

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  40. MFoley

    I am a Presidential Plus MC holder. Just renewed my card for another year in April. I had a separate Premier Access United Club card which expires end of July, 2014 (that is what i usually just show to get into the lounges). I am wondering will I automatically receive another United Card Access card as a result of renewing the PP MC (on my Mileage Plus account the “renew now” for $400 option has been sitting out there for several months – but i don’t understand why i’d need to renew that if i’m keeping the PP MC – any help with clarifying this would be appreciated

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    1. MileCards

      @MFoley – Yes you’ll automatically receive another club access card under separate cover from the airline. If it doesn’t arrive on time, they can scan your boarding pass at the club and it will register correctly since the membership is tied to your MileagePlus number.

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  41. Mark

    Just thought I’d mention that I was able to upgrade my Mileage Plus Signature Visa to a Presidential Plus MC. If you are an excellent value customer to them, they’ll make it happen, even though they say there are no new applicants allowed. I did this in early March 2014, and got a letter saying that they value me as a customer and have granted my request for a Presidential Plus card. My account transferred over from a Visa to a MC, got a new number, but all other account details (limits, past purchases) remained the same. No new credit check was performed.

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    1. MileCards

      @Mark – That’s great news, congrats and thanks for sharing. Make sure you enroll for the Avis President’s Club benefit as well.

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  42. Maria

    I have the PP card and I pay the fees every year. I was trying to check in today and it was charging me baggage fees. I have called the customer service and I didn’t really get a clear answer as to why this happened. She asked me if I used the card to purchase the tickets. Truth be told, I’m not sure. I rotate my card usage to keep my credit cards active. How can I get the airline to waive the baggage cost? That was the main reason I got the card in the first place.

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    1. MileCards

      @Maria- Unfortunately using the card to pay is the rule, and they are enforcing it more strictly now. They want you to use that card as much as possible. I would try at the airport asking nicely, and they might waive it there, but no promises as it’s not clear that you bought the ticket with your card.

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  43. Karen

    My husband and I have Presidential Plus Cards. I opted to purchase the spouse Premier Access as well. In the beginning, I used to get free bags when I traveled without my husband but now I am told I only get lounge and priority boarding as a benefit. I think I pay like $250 a year for that option. Has something changed and would I be better off getting my own card as I do travel frequently without my husband and the bag costs add up.

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    1. MileCards

      @Karen- United doesn’t make things simple does it?

      The $250 you’re paying is just for a spouse club membership which also gets you priority boarding,

      For an additional $95 a year you could apply for a United Explorer credit card. It offers the first checked bag free and you could keep buying the spouse membership for club access.

      Or if you need two bags free on each flight the United Club Card is $395 per year. You could stop buying the spouse membership if you get that card as it includes United Club membership.

      So if you go that route it would be an additional $145 over what you’re paying right now.

      We’d go with the $95 United Explorer Card and keep the spouse membership to keep your costs as low as possible.

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  44. Wes

    Just closed my PP acct. Living in Japan and use the card for 1) FFM & 2) no Intl’ fees. Here’s what $400 annual fee will get you.
    – Account compromised. Card did not work w/o notice. Called Cust Svs and the said they’d send a new card “express” with new (uncompromised?) acct number. NOTE: this required me to change all my auto-pay/auto-renewal accounts that I’d established over the past few years.
    – “Express” mail got the card to me in 3-weeks.
    – First 4 tries to use the card with local merchants failed. Their machines failed to read the card. Other cards worked fine.
    – Contacted Cust Svs to troubleshoot issue. First Cust Svs rep said that since I was PP member, she would transfer me to my own “special” Cust Svs rep. After transfer, “special Cust Svs rep” had no idea why the card didn’t work, and then said that he was actually a security specialist (Fraud Dept) and would need transfer me back to a real Cust Svs rep. Hold. Music. Tones. Hold. Music. Finally got a real Cust Svs rep (probably where I was to begin with) and explained the issue…again. This one said they didn’t know, but perhaps it was the new “metal card” that was giving foreign machines a problem. Told me she would send out a new card “express.”
    – Decided to not to be a fool and pay $400 for the luxury of being w/o a card for 2-months & passed around from place to place. Asked how I could cancel the account. Transferred. Hold. Music. Hold.
    – Cust Svs rep came on and abruptly told me that the account was cancelled as of now. Was interesting to hear the difference in customer svs once I decided to leave Chase. Abrupt. Short. Had to ask if there was going to be a confirmation letter.

    On a positive note…the (metal) card they sent me ensured I didn’t incur any foreign transaction fees. I guess they aren’t all that bad.

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    1. MileCards

      @Wes- Sorry to hear about that. They really need to put a full EMV chip / PIN feature on a card like this.

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  45. dr raul r hernandez

    Can you still get 2 for 1 busness class tks when you buy a international fly with my presidental plus card ?

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  46. thom

    Ii have a United Presidential Master card with Chase. I can’t seem to find anywhere that says that foreign transaction fees apply or do not apply with this card. I will be traveling to England in May and will be using my card for most everything I will spend while in the U.K.
    Will there be foreign transaction fees susing the card in the U.K.?

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  47. D Thom.

    Hi there. I have a united club card (previously) had a continental presidential plus card. I am wondering if it is possible to switch back to the now united presidential plus card. I really would like to have the elite qualifying miles perk back. Thanks!

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    1. MileCards

      @D Thom – Am sorry to say that very likely isn’t possible. They didn’t want to offer elite miles via credit card spending anymore, and felt grandfathering existing accounts was the fairest way to handle it. Since your Presidential Plus account is formally closed don’t think they will be able to reopen it.

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  48. Leslie

    Will the new United card have a cap on spending (and thus a cap on the miles earned in a year?)
    We will put a lot of spending on this card, and plan to pay off the balance monthly.

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  49. John Specchio

    I recently received my United Presidential Plus card that replaced my Continental Presidential Plus card. After activation of the new card, I booked a flight to Europe on Swiss Air, a Star Alliance member airline. At EWR airport terminal B, I was denied access to the Star Alliance lounge. They stated that a Presidential Plus United “credit card” was not acceptable for entrance. After protesting, I still was denied. What is going on here? Is this going to happen every time I try to access a Star Alliance lounge other than United? I thought the benefits of the card was to access any Star Alliance lounge worldwide. When I had the Continental Presidential Plus card I was never denied access to a Star Alliance lounge worldwide.

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    1. MileCards

      @John- It’s a little confusing, but for lounge access you need to use the separate annual ‘United Club’ membership card you were sent under separate cover from United/Continental. If you don’t have it in your possession, call Chase at the number on the back of your credit card to request it. While United lounges will accept the credit card itself for entry since they have access to the United systems, other airlines need to see the traditional lounge membership card as they can’t access United’s records. Not sure how the non-Continental/United lounges let you in prior, as this is not a new policy.

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      1. John Specchio

        Thanks John. I did not receive the separate United club membership card so I will call the number on the back of the United Presidential Card to request it. The old Continental Presidential Plus card had the star alliance logo on it so it was accepted world wide. The new United Presidential Plus card does not have the star alliance logo and therefore they stated that was the reason for my refusal into the EWR Star Alliance lounge in terminal B. Hopefully this will rectify the situation.

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  50. steven marcuus

    My wife and I have presidential plus cards. If she is travelling with me she seems to get priority boarding and free baggage, but that doesn’t seem to happen when she travels alone. Is that what is supposed to happen?

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    1. MileCards

      @Steven – Unfortunately the travel benefits only apply when the primary cardholder is traveling. Recommend getting a United Explorer card for your wife if she pays a baggage fee 4 or more times per year ($100) since its a $95 annual fee.

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  51. Catherine

    Does this mean that if I use FPMs to get to Platinum, but then fly another 25,000 miles to qualify for 1K that I’ll have to fly however many miles to equal the FPMs I used?

    Basically, I figured out that with my planned travel from now until the end of the year, I’ll be 3,000 miles short of 1K status. I’m not at Platinum status now, so I could transfer 3,000 FPMs over, but it’s not clear whether I’ll just have to earn those 3,000 miles again anyway once I cross over the 75,000 EQM mark.

    It’s funny that I may be in the position of looking for as many connections as humanly possible for my flights for the rest of the year.

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    1. MileCards

      @Catherine – You are interpreting it correctly. Transferring the FPMs over won’t do you any good toward 1k…you would have to re-earn the 3,000 EQMs to qualify for 1k. But you’re not alone in trying to book as many connections as possible. Since you’re already Gold…you can try to use the same day change (free) option to work extra connections in on days you have extra time.

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  52. Ellen

    Could you please explain how the presidential club card works for a spouse that has a card but is not the primary card holder when traveling without the spouse. I’m specifically wondering about bag check fees, club access, priority Security and priority boarding.

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    1. MileCards

      @Ellen – The spouse gets those benefits if you are both ticketed in the exact same reservation. Actually, your spouse doesn’t even need to hold a secondary card for that to be the case. The secondary card really only gives a way for your spouse to earn miles via spending that get pooled into one account.

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  53. SR

    I have a Presidential Plus Card, having been an avid Continental flyer for many years. I have over 1.4MM miles… now, on United. I was surprised that with my status, AND with the fact that I spend nearly $495 per year on the PPC, I was not allowed access to Premium Seating when booking a mileage award flight today. This was indeed the case a few months back when I booked a friend on this exact itinerary and HE was given access to choose Premium Seating when I booked the flight online. Very disappointing. It’s these perks which make joining all these airline clubs/cards holding annual fees worth it. If they continue to strip down these benefits, it just may not be worth it at all.

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    1. Bruce Dusan

      It is an intended benefit that was taken away. Just because they say it that way does not make it accurate. They want more money and this is a convenient way to take it. I know because that was one of the CLEAR benefits of the card and the reason I signed up for it. Now they have taken it away and I am unhappy with the card. They did not clearly communicate the change intentionally because they know that it would not be well received.interesting how they were fine touting it as a benefit post merger.

      It is crap like this that the CFPB should beooking into, because this is simple bait and switch.

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  54. Bill P

    I have a Continental Presidential Plus Card and am currently permitted two checked bags (50 lb max) without charge but noticed that with the United MileagePlus Club Card you only get two bags if you use the card to purchase the ticket. Is this correct? If so it would be beneficial for me to keep my Presidential Plus card.

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    1. MileCards

      @Bill P – Officially the policy for both is that you have to purchase the ticket with the card. In the past the computer system hasn’t detected this well so you might still find it works without purchasing, but no guarantees.

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  55. Don

    I just called the CO prez plus number on the back of the card and they said the Avis Prez club is not available, it is available on the UA Club card.

    fact check on this issue?

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    1. MileCards

      @Rick- Unfortunately the Premier miles earned by those who still have a Presidential Plus card no longer count toward lifetime miles.

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      1. Rick

        That stinks, maybe its’ time to look for new credit cards. This is one of the top reanons I signed up for the card.

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  56. Luke

    I just got this card in November but never seem to get the priority boarding. When I call them they say, “yep, you have priority boarding” but when I get a ticket using the card, I always board in Group 4. What’s up??

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  57. Bob of Vermont

    I’ve been trying to call the Presidential Card number to determine if the club access will still work with USAirways Clubs and with Star Alliance partners such as British Airways. The number is always on interminable “holds,” which does not reflect well on how the merged United will treat its supposedly valued customers.

    Do you have any information about this new card and Star Alliance clubs?

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    1. MileCards

      @Bob – Yes, your Presidential Plus card still includes full United Club membership. You should have a separate United Club membership card — you’ll need that to access the US Airways Clubs and Star Alliance lounges (though note British Airways is not a Star Alliance partner). If you don’t, call them up and get a replacement sent.

      The new United Mileage Plus Club Card will also include full United Club membership, but you are welcome to keep your old Presidential Plus card as long as you like.

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  58. mike b

    Do you get priority boarding and access only if you charge your ticket with the presidential plus card? What haapens if you fly using a reward ticket? Thank you

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    1. MileCards

      @Mike B – The priority boarding / access is tied to your MileagePlus number so you should get it regardless of how you book the ticket, or whether it’s a reward ticket. However the baggage fee waiver is dependent on you purchasing the ticket with your card.

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