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Comparison of Some US Frequent Flyer Elite Programs
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  AA DL UA
Qualification by Elite Qualifying Miles GLD 25,000
PLT 50,000
EXP 100,000
Higher fares earn bonus elite qualifying miles (EQMs)
SM 25,000
GM 50,000
PM 75,000
DM 125,000
Higher fares earn bonus qualifying miles (MQMs)
PS 25,000
PG 50,000
PP 75,000
1K 100,000
Higher fares earn bonus qualifying miles (PQMs)
Qualifying dollars requirement
(necessary but not sufficient; also need to qualify using miles or segments)
None SM $3,000
GM $6,000
PM $9,000
DM $15,000
Waived with $25K spend on Delta Amex
PS $3,000
PG $6,000
PP $9,000
1K $12,000
2016: Waived up to PP with $25K spend on Chase United card; no waiver for 1K
Rollover elite qualifying miles No Yes No
  AA DL UA
Other Qualification GLD 30 segments
PLT 60 segments
EXP 120 segments
SM 30 segments
GM 60 segments
PM 100 segments
DM 140 segments
PS 30 segments
PG 60 segments
PP 90 segments
1K 120 segments
Qualification by flying on other airlines oneworld airlines and AS SkyTeam airlines, AS and several others Star Alliance airlines
  AA DL UA
North America Upgrades Earned GLD/PLT:
Unlimited (flights up to 500 miles)
4x500-mi/12500 EQMs
Additional 500-mile upgrades can be purchased
EXP: Unlimited
Unlimited Unlimited
Plus, 2 regional upgrades (confirmable at time of ticketing) @ 75K, plus 2 more regional upgrades each 25K above 75K
North America Upgrade Clearance (Discount Fares) GLD 24h
PLT 72h
EXP 100h
SM 1d
GM 3d
PM 5d
DM 5d with priority
PS Day of Departure
PG 48h
PP 72h
1K 96h
North America Upgrades Earned (Full Fares) Same as discount fares Unlimited Unlimited
North America Upgrade Clearance (Full Fares) Same as discount fares Y fares only: time of ticketing Y/B: time of ticketing (also M for 1K)
  AA DL UA
North America Companion Upgrades Yes Yes (24h prior) Yes
North America Upgrades on other airlines No AS No
Systemwide Upgrades EXP 4 plus 2 more for each 50K above 100K (max 8) Only if selected as a choice benefit:
DM 4
1K 6 @ 100K plus 2 more for each 50K above 100K
  AA DL UA
Bonus Miles GLD 25%
PLT 100%
EXP 100%
SM 2 miles/$
GM 3 miles/$
PM 4 miles/$
DM 6 miles/$
PS 2 miles/$
PG 3 miles/$
PP 4 miles/$
1K 6 miles/$
US Hub Airports CLT/ DCA/ DFW/ JFK/ LAX/ MIA/ ORD/ PHL/ PHX ATL/ BOS/ CVG/ DTW/ JFK/ LAX/ MSP/ SEA/ SLC DEN/ EWR/ IAD/ IAH/ LAX/ ORD/ SFO
Preferred Economy Seating Main Cabin Extra
EXP/PLT At booking
GLD At check-in (50% off in advance)
Comfort Plus
DM/PM At booking
GM 72h prior
SM 24h prior (check-in)
Economy Plus
PG/PP/1K At booking
PS At check-in
  AA DL UA
Lifetime Status 1M flight miles=lifetime GLD
2M flight miles=lifetime PLT
1M MQMs=lifetime SM
2M MQMs=lifetime GM
4M MQMs=lifetime PM
1M UA flight miles=lifetime PG
2M UA flight miles=lifetime PP
3M UA flight miles=lifetime 1K
4M UA flight miles=lifetime GS

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