Due to increasing financial pressures, many airlines are expected to introduce mandatory annual spending for their frequent fliers. Two of the largest airlines in the world – and in the US – have already started the shift.
United has started notifying its its MileagePlus program members that base level (Premier Silver) members will have to spend at least $2,500 “premier qualifying dollars” annually with the airline from January 1, 2014. The top-level (Premier 1K) members will have to spend a minimum of $10,000 annually. Passengers will also have to fly the required miles in addition to the minimum spending.
Delta has announced similar minimum spending limits for its 2014 frequent flier program with the highest status level (Diamond) requiring a $12,500 expenditure plus 125,000 miles beginning in 2014. Its base level (Silver) will require a $2,500 expenditure plus 25,000 miles.
The frequent flier program eligibility changes for both United and Delta will apply to 2014 qualifying activity for status through 2015.
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