There are many cool things about living in the US of A, however this is not always true when it comes to loyalty programs. Let’s take a look at Delta and United. In both instances if you are a US resident you need to meet a spend of at least $3,000 directly with these airlines or their alliances members/partners in order to achieve any kind of status.
What this means is that you don’t have to spend a dollar on United flights or fly on that airline to achieve elite status. Those of us living in the land of the free, do have to pay to earn status.