United Airlines has reactivated its Buy Up-program for 2021 that allows MileagePlus members to pay to get higher status than they would have otherwise qualified.

The buy-up prices are depending on your status and the tier that you would like to reach. These offers tend to require a relatively high cash component and be uneconomical.

You can access this offer on United’s website here.

My account was not eligible.


I have a million miler status with United Airlines and a “lifetime” (mine or United’s) Premier Gold (1P) for having flown way too many miles with United Airlines and Continental in the 2000s. Probably the reason why I was not eligible for the “buy up.”

I would be very hesitant to buy up any tier right now due to uncertainty surrounding what travel is allowed and possible in 2021.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

2021 MileagePlus Premier Promotion terms and conditions

Status period:

For members who currently hold 2020 Premier ® status and purchase the same or lower Premier status level in 2021, your 2021 Premier status level will be effective on the later of the following two dates: (i) February 1, 2021, or (ii) 5-7 business days after the purchase date, and will be in effect through January 31, 2022, unless a higher status is earned.

If you do not have Premier status and you purchase 2021 Premier Silver status, or if you hold 2020 Premier status and you purchase a higher status level than your current Premier status, you will receive the higher 2021 Premier status level within 5-7 business days of the purchase date and your higher status level will be in effect through January 31, 2022, unless a higher status is earned.

Purchase terms and conditions:

Offer is for select MileagePlus members and only the original recipient of this offer is eligible to participate.

Premier status purchased with this offer is nonrefundable.

Offer valid for purchase between January 15, 2021 and February 28, 2021 .

Must be a MileagePlus member to participate in this offer.

Premier status is sold in U.S. dollars through this offer.

Premier status is nontransferable.

Other restrictions apply.

Pricing is based on how close the member’s 2020 Premier qualifying activity is to reaching the 2021 Premier status qualification requirements, as well as other criteria.

Offer and fees may vary by member and are subject to change without notice.

Premier status purchased through this offer will be posted to the account of the member listed on the purchase page within 5-7 business days of the purchase date.

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