Yes, it’s true: if you are fucking insane — which I might be — United’s roundtrip flight from EWR to TLV in business class, if you make sure you’re on a 777-300ER, is in United’s fancy new Polaris seats. And the cost and miles earned just about in the sweet spot for a whole Premier status level bump.
Each level of Premier status requires another 25,000 Premier qualifying miles (PQM), and another $3,000 Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD). The roundtrip to Tel Aviv from Newark costs $3,549, and it earns 22,768 PQM and 3,462 PQD. I fly enough UA otherwise that I can easily make up the 2,232 missing PQM.
The trick is making sure to be on a 777-300ER — those have the new Polaris seats. Otherwise you’re in a lame-ass 777-200 with 8 seats across in business where everyone faces each other.
I can’t do this. But I kind of want to do this. If I rack up enough points…