Well, checking my statement online reveals that my recent LAX-LHR with Air New Zealand, in Business Class has been designated as no longer earning PQM. The outbound LHR-LAX still earned them, but for some reason UA thought it was OK to deduct the status miles without notification – although why am I surprised as United as behaved more and more strangely recently.
This is what the changed segment now reads:
So the consequence for United?
Well I was about 7,000 miles short for the year to get to 125k for some extra upgrades. With this change I may be just over the 100k – so I won’t be booking a ticket to get to the 125k mark – there is no point spending several hundred dollars and then United refusing to honour the mistake they made.
United’s web site is clear about the earning.