My wife and I will be flying to Shannon Ireland on United in a few weeks. She will be 18 weeks pregnant when we leave and 20 weeks when we return. We bought the tickets before she was pregnant and got them for a deep discount directly from United when they had a big sale after all the bad publicity they had this summer.
I really haven't flown much and have never asked for an upgrade of any kind before. I'm sure she will be able to handle the trip with our current economy seats, but she would be much more comfortable in economy plus or even business class. Is it even worth asking for an upgrade in these circumstances or would it just be rude? I wouldn't ask for one for myself, just for her (although I certainly wouldn't turn it down if they offered one for both of us).
Is an upgrade pretty much off the table entirely since we're not frequent flyers and bought the tickets so cheap? They were about $600 round trip from Minneapolis to Shannon.
I did manage to get her aisle seats on all of our flights. Our flight from Newark to Shannon is sold out in economy, although there are some economy plus seats left, so I'm assuming there's no chance of upgrade in that one, but the leg of our return flight from London to Washington, DC is not even half full with plenty of seats in both business and economy plus.
Not being a frequent traveler, I'm not sure what the proper etiquette is in this situation, but I would like to do whatever I can to make the trip more comfortable for my wife.
I would open to purchasing the upgrade, but I'm not really sure how much we should expect it to cost for a trans-Atlantic flight and we were stressing our budget to pay for this trip even before we found out she was expecting.
Thanks for all the help and I apologize for my ignorance on these subjects!