Programs: UA 1K, AA PLT, SPG Plat, CC Gold, MR Gold
Not very lucky
Last year as a 2P I was 0/12 out of ORD & MKE.
This year I flew 57 BIS segments, 24 UDU-eligible, 6 cleared (25%).
UA 2P = 0/10
UA 1P = 3/7 (43%). 2 were ORD-OKC on CR7's
CO 0P = 3/7 UDU (2 on CO CR7's, MKE-IAH), 2/2 CR1, 1/3 MP upgrades
Y/B/M = 0/4 (that really hurt!)
The CR1's helped my wife and I get to SJU to use our *W FRN's in style. On the way home we did not clear UDU for SJU-IAD, but were pleased to both get UDU IAD-ORD into 767 international C. Now my wife is really spoiled!
Made 1K on my last flight of the year. We'll see how it goes next year. Will need the SWU's to keep wife happy.
It's nice to see some honest replies in here, with just a couple of suspicious ones. In the AA forum, you'd think that every flyer gets upgraded on every flight, when threads similar to this one are posted.
As a UA 1P/1K in 2011, I had a 62% upgrade success rate.
As a AA 2P equivalent in 2011, I had a 75% upgrade success rate.
Programs: AA ExPlat, United Gold, Hilton Gold, Avis PresPlus
A very good year for me upgrade wise. It's the reason I'll still be flying UA next year despite the current cutbacks. More cuts and/or a major drop to these upgrade percentages will seriously hurt my desire to continue this level of spend (~$17k).
-4 Non UA/CO due to irrops
-12 Single Cabin RJs
-1 Standby to E- to get home ~3 hours earlier
65 Eligible UA/CO segments
96.92% Total Upgrade Percentage by Segment
54 UDU/EUA Eligible Segments
96.30% UDU/EUA Upgrade Percentage by Segment
Missed: Thursday 5pm BNA-ORD on CR7
Missed: Thursday 5pm ATL-IAD on CR7
6 International Segments (3x IAD-LHR r/t)
100% SWU Upgrade Percentage by Segment
April IAD-LHR (M Fare): Cleared 3 weeks out
April LHR-IAD (M Fare): Cleared 3 weeks out
Sept IAD-LHR (H Fare): Cleared 2 hours out
Sept LHR-IAD (H Fare): Cleared 1 hour out
Dec IAD-LHR (Q Fare): Cleared at booking, 2mo out
Dec LHR-IAD (Q Fare): Cleared 1 hour out (one of the last seats)
5 CR1 Segments (3 CR1s … was a new 1K, so no CR1 backlog)
100% CR1 Upgrade Percentage by Segment
March LAX-IAD redeye: Cleared 3 weeks out
Sept DCA-IAH-SJC: Cleared at booking, 1.5mo out
Sept SJC-IAH-DCA: Cleared at booking, 1.5mo out
My closest airport is only serviced by single-cabin aircraft, so a good chunk of my segments aren't even eligible for upgrade.
That said, in 2011, of UDU-possible flights:
*Note: one UDU was made possible only because IRROPS caused about half the plane miss the flight.
I even got UG'd on a US flight once by showing my *A Silver card to the gate agent. That never works, but there were only two other people in F on this particular flight. Five of 8 F seats went out empty.
Since the MP changes were announced, I have switched to US and am already 2 for 3 in the trial elite program. So far, a 25% improvement!
All in all, it's much better than I expected. I was thinking my upgrade percentage as a 2P would approach zero. OTOH, my stats are slightly pumped up by the 2 hub-to-hub flights that I upgraded with miles.
I'll be 1P next year so I'd guess that I have a good shot at upgrades on non transcons and non-hub-to-hubs.
How many segments on each? And did you have to purchase additional stickers on the AA side?
Far fewer segments on AA - maybe 25 - but almost all of them were DCA-MIA and DCA-DFW, so it wasn't like I was on routes with few AA elites.
To be fair to UA, AA has more F inventory on their 737 and MD-80's than UA does on their 319 and 320s, and in 2011, I flew a lot of 319/20, thanks to UA moving their larger aircraft off the routes I usually fly.
I did have to purchase additional stickers for most of the AA upgrades, but at $30 each, they are pretty cheap. And at least AA makes the option available to everyone, unlike UA's hit or miss buy-ups in the last 24 hrs of a flight.
I really wish UA would go back to the e500 certs as well. Even as a 1K, I wasn't a fan of UDU when it replaced the previous system.