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Ever see (+X blocked) in booked column on upgrade list?

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Old Apr 1, 12, 11:08 am
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Ever see (+X blocked) in booked column on upgrade list?

When I use the iPhone United app to check flight status upgrade list I see e.g. Business First 40 seats; 20 checked in + 6 blocked...

What are the + 6 blocked? Is that blocked for airline personnel?
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Old Apr 1, 12, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by Bear4Asian View Post
When I use the iPhone United app to check flight status upgrade list I see e.g. Business First 40 seats; 20 checked in + 6 blocked...

What are the + 6 blocked? Is that blocked for airline personnel?
Blocked are seats not available for purchase or upgrade for any of the following reasons: broken seats, flight crew rest (for long range flights), oversold Y situations.
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Old May 12, 12, 10:02 am
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First Class Blocked (as shown on Mobile status)?

Anyone ever seen this notification on the mobile site? I assume it's because Y is sold out:
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Old Jul 6, 12, 6:42 pm
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UA87 Pvg-Ewr No Upgrade List & Blocked Seats?

Been on UG list for UA 87 this Sunday since 22 Feb.

Can't seem to find an actual queue for the U/G's on the iPhone app, and now the app is showing "9 Blocked" C seats.



What does that mean? Any other location for the U/G list?

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Old Jul 6, 12, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmc66 View Post
Been on UG list for UA 87 this Sunday since 22 Feb.

Can't seem to find an actual queue for the U/G's on the iPhone app, and now the app is showing "9 Blocked" C seats.


What does that mean? Any other location for the U/G list?
If you're looking at the upgrade list on your phone, it only populates for those checked in. So if you're not checked in, you won't show on the list. At least on domestic flights, at the bottom of the list (its probably there if you scroll down), there's even a message saying this.

I've also found that when I'm upgraded on CPU at my window, I actually show up on that list as cleared if I'm cleared and select a seat, but don't show up on that list if I'm cleared and have not selected a seat yet.

As for the blocked, I think there's another thread on that somewhere. Could be Y is oversold?

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Old Jul 6, 12, 7:09 pm
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Flight is showing J1 C1 only...possible oversold in Y.
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Old Jul 6, 12, 8:01 pm
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Looks like flight oversold at y due to the new E+ seat.
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Old Jul 7, 12, 2:44 am
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At the 24hr mark, UA sent me an email saying they could not confirm an upgrade at this time, and I'd been added to the upgrade standby list.

I checked in for the flight, and the system shows at least 15 other C-class already checked in. However the upgrade standby list says "No Customers Currently Standing By".

I smell a SHARES screw-job coming.

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Old Jul 7, 12, 10:14 am
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I checked in for the flight, and the system shows at least 15 other C-class already checked in. However the upgrade standby list says "No Customers Currently Standing By".
Actually, I come to find out I didn't really check-in. The system wouldn't give me boarding passes with online check-in, just the "not a boarding pass" we need to check your documents nonsense.

Called and spoke to 1K line, and they confirmed I didn't really check-in - and therefore can't be added to the upgrade standby list. ...??? What kind of nonsense is this???

Living in Oz I rarely get an opportunity to use my 6 upgrades every year - they're worthless on SYD flights to the US. The one chance I get a fare that allows use, some other roadblock is thrown at me.

I'm about done with these people. . .
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Old Jul 7, 12, 10:56 am
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Actually, I come to find out I didn't really check-in. The system wouldn't give me boarding passes with online check-in, just the "not a boarding pass" we need to check your documents nonsense.

Called and spoke to 1K line, and they confirmed I didn't really check-in - and therefore can't be added to the upgrade standby list. ...??? What kind of nonsense is this???
I've received the "not a boarding pass" printout many times when checking in for international trips abroad. But I was always checked in. It never occurred to receive it without being checked in. So I guess this is another thing we now have to babysit. Bloody hell, when will this end?
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Old Jul 7, 12, 12:17 pm
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Old Aug 31, 12, 2:10 pm
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I see the same thing for a flight tomorrow.

Capacity: 6
Booked: 2 (+3 Blocked)
https://mobile.united.com/FlightStat...4-ff824b405e75

Anyone know what this means? If those 3 seats are not available then I will probably not get upgraded. Not a big deal either way, just curious.
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OK, found the answer in an old CO thread.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/conti...s-ug-list.html Post #4

In this case I assume the flight is overbooked.

Originally Posted by mbluecpa View Post
This is from the pda site:

What are blocked seats?

On occasion Continental will withdraw or “block” some seats from being sold. There are a few explanations for why this could happen. For example, when Economy Class on a flight is booked over capacity and the premium cabin (i.e. First Class or BusinessFirst) is not, we'll sometimes withdraw some premium cabin inventory from sale to reduce the chances of an oversale. Another common example is on our long-haul flights. Specifically, on Continental flights that are scheduled to be twelve hours or more, up to four BusinessFirst seats may be blocked for crew rest. These blocked seats may not be sold or occupied for any purpose other than crew rest. The least common example is when a seat is broken and can’t be repaired before the flight departs. In these cases, the seat will be blocked from inventory until it is repaired.
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This is exactly what I saw last week on an oversold IAH-SEA flight. The United Club agent looked hard at it and told me it was because Economy was oversold and they blocked F to avoid a worse oversell. Indeed, all 13 blocked seats in F were available at the gate for the upgrade list. First time I had seen that as well.
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Old Sep 4, 12, 12:22 pm
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"First Class: 20; Booked: 13 + 6 Blocked"

When I checked the upgrade status on my upcoming flight online, it showed that 13 out of 20 were booked and 6 were "BLOCKED". Any FTers can kindly teach me here what the "blocked" seats are about? Thanks!
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