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UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:07 am
by UnitedFlyer
How difficult is it to upgrade from Economy to Business Class on UA using points? Is it a sure shot as long as a business class seat is available?

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:27 am
by zrs70
It is a sure thing if there is upgradable space available.

A few questions...

1) have you purchased the ticket already?
2) what is the fare basis?
3) what is the routing?
4) do you have elite status?

[Edited 2015-07-26 22:28:01]

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:13 am
by UnitedFlyer
1) have you purchased the ticket already?

not yet...

2) what is the fare basis?

none until purchase

3) what is the routing?

likely MFR-SFO-IAD but possibly MFR-DEN-IAD

4) do you have elite status?

No elite status....

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:45 pm
by zrs70
Sfo-iAd often has 3-class internationally configured planes once daily. I would try to get that.

You should set your preferences to expert mode on Ual.com. When searching, look for the "r" bucket. "R" shows upgradable space. If "r" is greater than 0, you can confirm the upgrade right away. Depending on your fare basis, the upgrade will cost a combination of miles and money.

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:49 am
by UnitedFlyer
Great information! Thank you!!

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:21 pm
by ams747757
Quoting zrs70 (Reply 3):
You should set your preferences to expert mode on Ual.com. When searching, look for the "r" bucket. "R" shows upgradable space. If "r" is greater than 0, you can confirm the upgrade right away. Depending on your fare basis, the upgrade will cost a combination of miles and money.

How exactly do you do this? Does it show the fare classes when you're searching by doing this? That would be pretty helpful if it did.

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:32 pm
by dumbell2424
Quoting ams747757 (Reply 5):
How exactly do you do this? Does it show the fare classes when you're searching by doing this? That would be pretty helpful if it did.

1) you have to be signed in to your mileage plus account
2) click https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/account/preference/searchPreference.aspx
3) check box about expert mode, save at the bottom
4) search by price or schedule, award travel won't work when just checking buckets.
5) fare class will now be hyperlinked in results, click it

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:15 pm
by ams747757
Quoting dumbell2424 (Reply 6):

1) you have to be signed in to your mileage plus account
2) click https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/account/preference/searchPreference.aspx
3) check box about expert mode, save at the bottom
4) search by price or schedule, award travel won't work when just checking buckets.
5) fare class will now be hyperlinked in results, click it

Great, thanks! This will be really helpful.   

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:02 am
by rwsea
As mentioned above, I'd try to confirm the R class availability before making a booking. If you book a flight where R isn't available, there's still a chance although it may be a long shot. This is a busy hub to hub route and the waitlist for upgrades can be as high as 50 or more people. If there's no R class availability and you really want first class, the only sure thing is to buy it outright...

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:58 am
by UnitedFlyer
Say I book R class and then upgrade with points, am I still eligible to earn points since I at least paid the coach fare?

RE: UA First Class Upgrade

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:07 am
by dumbell2424
Quoting UnitedFlyer (Reply 9):
Say I book R class and then upgrade with points, am I still eligible to earn points since I at least paid the coach fare?

R is the upgrade fare class, not one you can book into initially.

But, to go along with the basis of the question, if you fly in R, you get the points based on original purchased fare before you upgraded into R.