I stand corrected regarding D3
travel on American Connection.
In regards to UA
upgrading other airline employees, again, it all depends on who is on the DM
list. If I am on there as a BP7 (OAL Cobiz) and you are on leisure travel, other airline (BP9 I believe), then I'd get the upgrade before you or any other United Employee... then again, that's if I get listed and checked-in on time, as most gate agents tend to clear the list 1/2 hour before flight and I'm usually getting to the airport 30 minutes prior departure! But when I fly on my friend's buddy passes, I am a BP8C, meaning I still bump you, but I get on *after* United Employees & spouses (unless I'm traveling with my friend, then I'm BP8A).
Most agents do not adhere to the upgrade policy and will upgrade whomever they feel like, regardless of the ticket. If you purchase an ID
-90 based on YUA or BA3 breakdown, then you will be stuck in coach according to the rules. However, if you list yourself for FCY (most just do "Y"), then when you check-in, your name on the DM
will show you listed for FCY, versus "Y" and will automatically clear you in F or C if the seats are available, even if your ID
-90 doesn't permit it (again, UA
has many interline agreements and most spell out upgrades, including those who want upgrades would need to purchase the ID
-90 based on the fare/routing and be ticketed for such).
Again, its all based on a few factors at United... listing yourself for the flight, how the agent checked you in, and how many people are above you on the DM
. I've seen some DM
lists with 110 BP8's on it (out of HNL
) and its been scary! That's why when I approach the gate, I normally ask how the DM
is looking and how the seniority is.... sometimes they'll even give me a print out... when I see a lot of PUG's I cry knowing I won't see the cozy United First seats and cringe at the thought of my fat ass being in a middle seat for the entire journey (in fact, I've changed itineraries to avoid that aweful middle seat, flying PHX
, I flew to TPA
instead to guarantee an aisle seat, and then a 2 hour wait to hop WN