What Is the 1k Status on United Airlines, and How to Get It?

The United Airlines 1K status is the highest published elite status given to the loyal members of the airline. It also has many perks for passengers who fly with United Airlines frequently. 

How do I get 1K status on United Airlines? 

The airline changed the policies of elite membership in 2019, which prompted the elimination of specific mileage requirements for obtaining elite status. Instead, you will have to earn Premier Qualifying Flights or PQFs, Premier Qualifying Points, or PQPs, whenever you travel with United Airlines or partnered airline.
Earning PQPs and PQFs
  • Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) can be earned through a variety of investments you make with united-
  • For the Economy Plus purchases.
  • For reserving the flights operated by United.
  • Reserving flights operated by Star Alliance partner airline and connecting partners.
  • For MileagePlus Upgrade Award co-pays.
  • Opting for paid upgrades with united and united express.
Earnings PQPs-
If you are not a frequent flyer but book an expensive flight, you can also earn the United 1k status by obtaining enough PQPs. You will earn 15,000 PQPs in a calendar year to get the Premier 1K status.

Is United's 1K status worth it?

Although the United 1K status is a little expensive, it features extensive benefits that can get you a 58% return on investment.

What are the benefits of United 1K?

Passengers with United 1K status can get a variety of benefits, some of which are given below-
  • Free drink and snack- When flying with the united economy, you will get one free drink and a snack on each flight.
  • Priority security screening- you will get dedicated security check-in lines at the airport so you can skip the regular queue.
  • Preboarding- you can preboard the flight before anyone else.
  • Priority check-in- premier 1K members will get the priority line apart from the standard line, and this benefit is even provided for economy bookings. 
  • Increased earnings- the Premier 1K flyers will get 11 miles per dollar spent on United flights.
  • PlusPoints- passengers will be allocated 320 PlusPoints per year, valid for flight upgrades with the airline.
  • Complimentary checked bags- it doesn't matter what your fare class is, as you can take three checked bags weighing 70 pounds per bag free of cost.
  • Confirmed flight changes- free flight changes at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

How to contact united airlines' 1k phone number?

If you need more information about the United 1K status, then you can dial the united airline's 1k phone number available on the official website. 
  • Start by dialing  1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) on your phone.
  • Listen to the IVR instructions.
  • Press 0 to speak with a live representative.
  • Press 2 for inquiring about United 1K status.
  • After pressing the related key, wait on hold for a few minutes.
  • Explain your issue to the agent and get support.
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