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United airlines - upgraded?

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United airlines - upgraded?

We go to America in November flying with united (sadly!). We are going for my 30th and we get married in Vegas then on to New York for a honeymoon. Has anyone ever been upgraded with united airlines? Just chancing my arm! Also what is included on the flight? we have meals on two of them but was wondering if drinks etc are provided


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1. Re: United airlines - upgraded?

Are you wanting a free upgrade? If so the chances are next to nothing. Your wedding is important to you but the airline is not interested, reality check. There will be others who have equally as important celebrations.

If you are prepared to pay I'm sure someone who knows United will tell you how to do it. Details of service will be found on their web site.

Enjoy LV & NY.

Edited: 15 August 2017, 16:24
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If there are any upgrades these will firstly go to those with status - yes there can be free upgrades from economy but only when it suits the airline to do so such as economy being oversold and it's extremely rare.

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"We go to America in November flying with united (sadly!)"

==>> Why sadly? United is fine in economy, no worse nor better than other transatlantic airlines.

"Has anyone ever been upgraded with united airlines?"

==>> Yes, me frequently. But I'm a top tier frequent flier with United so get preference. For non elites they do sometimes make offers for paid upgrades for several hundred pounds/dollars.If that happens it's a one time offer, meaning if you decline you won't get offered it again. So be prepared for this and think how much you're willing to pay. The upgrade is to business class,wich has lie flat beds on all long haul international flights.

Which route are you flying?

And whether the upgrade works out or not, congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

Edited: 15 August 2017, 16:34
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Sadly ? That was my first reaction as well Coach is coach is coach. If you want to upgrade purchase the upgrade now. You won't get one from free sadly

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If your honeymoon isn't a special enough occasion for you to warrant paying for an upgrade then why should the airline give it to you?

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Sadly? If you don't like UA, why'd you book with them? There's nothing wrong with UA. You get nonalcoholic drinks free, and free beer and wine.

You will never get a free upgrade. Look at your reservation on UA's webpage. There may be an option to upgrade now, but you'll have to pay for it.

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On the chance of an upgrade without using points or a certificate, even for someone like myself who flies 100,000 miles a year is zero. If you don't want to pay for business class consider economy plus seats. You will be feed on your flight to the US and a free drink is a possibility but not to be counted on in economy.

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Yep - even as a global service member (invite status level only) I have nearly 0 chance of international upgrades without using miles or a certificate to upgrade. Have a great honeymoon and make the best of the economy flight. Also , at times they can offer day of departure upgrades. The price varies and only you can determine if it's worth the price.

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We have often gotten offers to upgrade from E+ to FC on UA Domestic flights.

Some are very good offers, such as $8/pax, per direction, for IAH - IAD - snatched that in seconds. Now, LAX - SFO was once offered at $400+/pax, for one leg. Just had a good laugh over that, as FC RT for PHX-LAX-SFO was $389.

As stated, I have never seen a second offer for upgrade on a UA flight - use it (at time of offer), or lose it.

Now, and for some years, UA puts all FF's onto the Complementary Upgrade list. These are headed out by an algorithm, predicated on Base Fare of ticket, FF Status, and ?.

For long-haul, I usually buy an upgrade able BC ticket, then pledge my Global Upgrade Certificates to move up to Global FC/Polaris FC. So far, and with very high FF Status, I have moved "up" maybe 30% of the time.

General observation indicates that flights are going out pretty full. At least Domestic flights have had quite a few stand-boys, not make flight.

Good luck, and congratulations on the upcoming nuptials,


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10. Re: United airlines - upgraded?

Make sure to tell the agent how sad you are about having to fly with them before you ask for the upgrade. Should increase your chances.

Edited: 15 August 2017, 22:47
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