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User currently offlinelows From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Dear All:

I am thinking about buying Economy Plus Upgrades for my upcoming IAD-OKC-IAD flights on UA. I only have M&M Frequent Traveller (Star Silver), so I won't be able to get seats in E+ for free, correct?

The seats I want (12C both ways) have gone down 5$ to 54$ each way since I first booked a few weeks ago. I'm guessing that they won't go down anymore before I fly next month (during the Christmas rush, unfortunately).

Could OS assign me to E+?

SZG-VIE-IAD-OKC
OKC-IAD-VIE-SZG

Viele Grüße aus Pinzgau!

[Edited 2012-11-21 21:37:09]

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5915 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

As a UA MileagePlus silver member, I am eligible for E+ for free, but ONLY on the day of departure.
I'm not sure if StarSilver is eligible for that perk or not. But, either way, by the day of departure, other elites are likely to have taken your desired seat. That said, I'd be likely to pay for it, myself.
What's the aircraft type? If it's a CR7, I'd recommend an E+ seat far forward, because of the noise in the rear.


User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
What's the aircraft type? If it's a CR7, I'd recommend an E+ seat far forward, because of the noise in the rear.

Yeah, it's a goddawful Mesa CR7.

I was thinking since I will be coming from International, I will probably just pass out anyway. But thanks for your tip. I will buy it on the way out.

[Edited 2012-11-27 11:18:03]

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23224 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Slightly off-topic, since when are non-elite passengers who purchase full fare Y not allowed to select Y+ for free? I thought that was one of the points of it.


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3552 times:
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I actually have a major gripe with UA's upgrade system. I spend a fortune annually on their top-end Credit card because I fly so much (checked bag fees, protection services, lounges, etc). In terms of luggage allowance, mileage accrual, and lounge access, the card seems to put me somewhere between MileagePlus Silver and Gold. So WHY THE HELL am I not entitled to complimentary E+ upgrades at Check-In?!?!?!

TIS



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Quoting lows (Thread starter):
I only have M&M Frequent Traveller (Star Silver), so I won't be able to get seats in E+ for free, correct?

That's correct. Only MP members get Y+ free, Star Gold etc are stuck at the back with everyone else.

Until 3/3 even OnePass members weren't entitled to Y+



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User currently offlinexjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2471 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 4):

I actually have a major gripe with UA's upgrade system. I spend a fortune annually on their top-end Credit card because I fly so much (checked bag fees, protection services, lounges, etc). In terms of luggage allowance, mileage accrual, and lounge access, the card seems to put me somewhere between MileagePlus Silver and Gold. So WHY THE HELL am I not entitled to complimentary E+ upgrades at Check-In?!?!?!

If you fly so much, as you say you do, you should have automatic access to E+ regardless of CC usage.

As others have pointed out, it's only available for Silver+.



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User currently offlineual757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 5):
Until 3/3 even OnePass members weren't entitled to Y+

OnePass Elite members had the opportunity to match their status to an equivalent level in the pmUA Mileage Plus program, which all allowed E+ access. Also, when my OP Plat number would sometimes replace my UA 1K number on pmUA-issued reservations hosted within Apollo, I would be allowed to select seats in E+.


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
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Quoting xjramper (Reply 6):
If you fly so much, as you say you do

"So much", for me, is 25 flights a year or so. Not quite enough to advance to the next level.

TIS



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User currently offlinexjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2471 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 8):
"So much", for me, is 25 flights a year or so. Not quite enough to advance to the next level.

TIS

So you answered your own question then. They don't advertise the access to E+ seats and you don't fly the necessary amount of flights/miles a year. United owes you nothing, nor does United own the CC you use. They have an agreement with Chase to use their brand to give you two lounge access chits a year, you get a specific zone to board in (before any regular passengers), and one free checked bag.

So, no you aren't entitled to E+ seating.

Personally, the off peak, mid-day upgrade and access to E+ seating (albeit 24 hours before departure) is the only thing that separates a PS customer to someone that uses a CC to get these benefits. And quite honestly, it's a slap in the face to the premium customers who fly 25k+ miles a year. Being mid-tier elite on all three legacy carriers (at about 150,000 miles a year), it really grinds my gears when I hear announcements allowing early boarding for those holding a CC.

Enjoy the benefits that are *published*, not what you think you deserve.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3509 times:
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Quoting xjramper (Reply 9):
They have an agreement with Chase to use their brand to give you two lounge access chits a year, you get a specific zone to

When talking about the base CC (MileagePlusExplorer), I totally agree with you. But I spend $500/year for the MileageClub card. Three checked bags, unlimited lounge access, and some other perks. I would have expected to have at least some priority for E+, though I acknowledge that UA doesn't own the CC.

UA made almost $2,000 additional off me last year for E+ seating, because I have severe motion sickness that pretty much requires I sit over the wing, where E+ is.

(Also, I would have made the next level up were this still CO. MileagePlus' "30 segments" thing for Silver ruined my streak of several OnePass Silver years.)

TIS



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