This is NOT accurate.
It is true that if you reach 1 million miles with United, you will now earn a lifetime GOLD status. However, that 1 million miles has to be BIS (butt-in-seat) UA miles. Meaning that you can only earn lifetime miles flying on UNITED ONLY. Miles earned from credit cards, bonus miles, miles flying on any other carriers DO NOT COUNT towards lifetime status. You will actually have to fly 1 million miles on United planes. Code share do not count also. This is totally separate from award miles. Lifetime miles only go up regardless of redemption and they don't expire. Example, you fly on TG BKK-LHR in biz and decide to credit the miles towards mileage plus, what you'll earn will depend on your status with UA. I'll use 1K/GS (because that's what I am (GS))
1. Base miles earned = 5,9XX (can't remember what the actual distance of BKK-LHR is)
2. Bonus miles for 1K/GS = 0 (if you fly on LH, then bonus will be 100% of base miles)
3. Fare bonus = 25% of the base miles (before the merger with CO), I think it is 50% now.
4. Lifetime miles = 0 because it is not a UA flight.
5. Status miles (PQM) = 5,9XX + maybe a bit more since it is a biz ticket.
On the other hand, if you fly biz HKG-ORD on United (J,C,D fare) this is what you'll earn;
1. Base miles = 7,787
2. Bonus miles for 1K/GS = 7,787
3. Fare bonus for biz 75% = 5,840
Total award miles (redeemable) earned = 21,414 miles (almost enough for a round trip BKK-HKG ticket in economy!)
4. Status miles (PQM) to determine your status and earn upgrades (GPU, CPU) = 150% of base miles = 11,680 miles. This is not redeemable and will be reset at the end of every year.
5. Lifetime miles = 7,787