|Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 51):|
I just tried booking a flight on UA (I am a Premier Exec) and was allowed to book my seats in E+. with no problem.
Read the thread UA
elites are unaffected, it is non-UA *Gs and Y/B fare paying passengers who can't pre-assign E+.
|Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 43):|
It dilutes the value of the premium seats by just putting them in for no cost, even for Golds & Gold Elites (of which there are many these days).
There are? Whilst the elite ranks may come out in force on some days you'd be surprised by how few people who are members in FFPs are elite members. As a regular posters on the BA
Exec Club forum on Flyertalk the numbers of members of the EC
comes up quite frequently and it was determined that of the 3million members, less than 300,000 were Silver status and around 60,000 were Gold. That makes up 10% and 2% of the EC
population. Presuming a similar ranking is linked with UA
Mileage Plus, and taking into account that not all people who fly are members of FFPs whilst some are other *Gs, *Ss etc you'll notice the proportion of elite fliers is smaller than the proportion of seats that make up E+ in the Y cabin.
Frankly I don't think it makes much difference to *A elites. We'll probably just end up with a seat assigned at check-in instead of getting it pre-assigned. Makes sense for UA
to keep the privilege for their top elites first.
|Quoting Vermeer (Reply 40):|
To use your words there is a"disproportionate" amount of UA *G members ( shall we rember that their threshold to be gold is lower than for other carriers?) and they all flock to the other memebers' lounges. This is a privilege to which they are entlitled and savily they choosethe better lounges ( not theirs clearly...)
Although if UA
is anything like AA
*Gs won't get access to other *A lounges when flying domestically based on their status alone.
don't allow access to their lounges for AA
EXPs or AA
PLTs when flying domestically, and AA
have a similar paid membership for lounges much like UA
and pretty much all other US carriers.
To be honest I doubt the situation you are talking about happens all that much, there can't be many places outside the US where an LH
lounge and a UA
RCC are in the same terminal with easy access. Even so the majority of LH
Senator and FTL lounges are pretty rubbish, not much better than UA
RCCs. Only the HON and First Class lounges are any good and UA
*Gs can't access them by virtue of status anyway.
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