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United Airlines- Upgrade Question?  
User currently offlineZRB2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5111 times:

To all you savvy United travelers. I am leaving on my honeymoon in 2 weeks to hawaii. I'm just wondering what my chances are of getting a "complimentary" upgrade if I tell the gate agent it's a special vacation and there's room? Do people do this or will he/she look at me like I'm an idiot for asking? I have some FF miles but nothing special. I have only ever flown coach and I'm clueless about upgrades to First class or business class, etc.

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User currently offlineSouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

They will laugh at you.

User currently offlineAspen1 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5078 times:

United's upgrades to first on hawaii flights are reserved for premier executives and 1k's

User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

You need an upgrade certificate with your elite level. United never gives out complimentary upgrades.

User currently offline777x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5065 times:

NW-ELITE, that's not true, although they don't do it very often, it has been known to happen.

Good luck, the routes to Hawaii are full of high status flyers cashing in their miles, chances are there won't be any free seats, but if you don't try you definately won't get upgraded!

Don't get your hopes up, but if your nice and you get the right agent, and the flights not fully booked you just might pull it off.

Regards
777x


User currently offlineIFlyADesk From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

It might not hurt if you wear your tux and the wife wears her wedding dress. That'll attract plenty of attention...

User currently offlineAio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5044 times:

The four members of my family have all been upgraded on an ORD-LAX flight once because it was oversold. So if you're going on a really crowded flight, and all of coach is sold out there might be a chance.  Smile

-aio86


User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5026 times:

The chances of getting upgraded are slim and none and slim is on vacation. We do not do comp upgrades. At times we do operational upgrades(downsized aircraft, coach oversold, etc.) when we have to. Even then, we will go into the flight looking for our Premier level and higher frequent fliers to upgrade to free up coach seats. Have fun on your honeymoon though! Best wishes!!

User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

It would be a great way to start your honeymoon. Wish it would work. I have been 1 K with UA for several years and I have NEVER received a complimentary upgrade on UA. Lufthansa has, but NOT UA! Wish you luck, but with UA, no not even 1 K get upgraded, only UA employees.

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