b52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
Hope this is the right section for this post. Tommorrow afternoon I will be (once again) heading across the Atlantic on UA; my third such trip since January 2010. Routing ABQ-ORD-MUC-VRN. I have premier (no prem exec or 1K) on UA, yet have now struck out 3 times in 3 attempts at trying to use 10K MP miles to upgrade the trans-atlantic segment. FWIW, each time the ticket has been a full (Y) fare tkt; yet, I'm never quite high enough on the list. J is always full; last time I came the closet and was #1 on the un-upgraded list. This time--once again--I'm showing as "waitlisted."
Does anybody with an inside track have any advice to give on how to get the upgrade? Anything I can do at this point before I get to the gate tommorrow?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26841 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4397 times:
Well you can pay for C class
Remember upgrades are divided out first based on elite level, so you will have 1K's, Premier Exec's ahead of you you regardless of the upgrade instruments involved.
While I have been a 1K now for 10+ years, I don't recall I had much luck with anything really till I was a Premier Exec for better part of a decade as well. Hopefully with enough trips and class bonus for the full Y fares you'll earn a higher level in the program very soon.
Oh and ORD-MUC looks very full on Sunday from what I can tell in C class.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
b52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4360 times:
Thanks...definitley looks like no-luck (AGAIN!). FWIW, the "Y" fares are still U.S. gov't "Y" code fares, which I think still codes out differently in the systems than other Y. Likewise, when I tried to purchase the class difference between Y and C (out of pocket vs. taxpayer expense, naturally), the system insisted I use the same credit card for the difference...verboten in my business (the taxpayers don't, and shouldn't pay for such luxuries).
Anybody know a way to get free drink coupons for premiers? At least when I fly the LH codeshares, I get a free drinks in Y...