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United Upgrades At Gate?  
User currently offlineusctrojan18 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

I was just wondering if United is one of those airlines that if there is a first class seat available, the gate agent will ask passengers if they want to upgrade to first for a small fee, usually around $50-$100. I've been on US Airways, Alaska, and American, and they have asked passengers if they want to upgrade and some passengers do. I haven't upgraded because I think it's kinda of a waste, but this year, I'm flying 2 red eyes on United and so far only about 2 first class seats have been bought, so there could be some open ones when I fly. Also if some United EconomyPlus seats are available, would you recommend them, or are they just as bad as regular economy?

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User currently offlinehereandthere41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

UA doesn't offer the ability to upgrade at the gate. Any open seats are given to elite customers on the automatic upgrade list. If there are still open premium seats after the upgrade list is exhausted, standby travelers are next in line. Those two redeye flights you're booked on....don't worry, they'll be full by the time you're ready to travel.

User currently offlineusctrojan18 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

Quoting hereandthere41 (Reply 1):

So would you recommend I upgrade to Premium economy now for about $50?


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5766 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

United's Complimentary Premier Upgrade program is so extensive, there is rarely a seat in F available for everyday, non Mileage Plus members.
However, if there is such a seat, it is offered at the check in kiosk, for whatever United feels is a fair fare. Supposedly, they charge the difference between the ticketed fare code, and the cheapest F fare bucket. But we've all heard of (and some of us seen) offers to upgrade for as little as $20, which United promises is a "glitch".

Does that answer your question?


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5766 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

Quoting usctrojan18 (Reply 2):
So would you recommend I upgrade to Premium economy now for about $50?

If you're a premier, then no- you can get it at check in for free. If you're NOT an elite traveler, then yes, book the seat you want now.


User currently offlineusctrojan18 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):

Thanks for the advice


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3164 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4101 times:

Actually, UA does offer upgrades for cash, both in advance and at the gate. It's a bone of contention with elites, as it seems to trump elite chances for upgrades.

For a red-eye (transcontinental?), however, it will be more than $50-$100.

The OP mentions that two seats are sold. Where is this info from?



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