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Understanding the United Upgrade List Comprehensively

Understanding the United Upgrade List Comprehensively

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Types of Upgrades

UA's Upgrades overview

UA has multiple methods for upgrading to a higher cabin. Examples include: Economy to Domestic First, Economy to International Business or Business (ex-p.s. flights) or Economy to Premium Economy ("Premium Plus").

In this regard, seating in Economy Plus is considered Economy.

Not all upgrade methods are available on all flights (see table).
  • Complimentary Premier Upgrades (CPU) are available for most North American flights, Central America flights, and some select Oceania flights. "ex-PS" flights (EWR/JFK-SFO/LAX) and Hawaii-EWR, IAD, ORD, IAH, DEN, GUM, MAJ and v.v. are not CPU eligible. CPUs are available for all paid fares and in some cases on award tickets with certain credit cards. A CPU is requested automatically for all elites as long as there is a maximum of one non-Premier as only one companion on the same PNR is also eligible for CPU. CPUs cannot be confirmed until inside the particular window:
Global Services: 120 hours
Premier 1K: 96 hours
Premier Platinum: 72 hours
Premier Gold: 48 hours
Premier Silver: 24 hours
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  • Plus Points (provided to Plats and above) are the upgrade currency of United elites. This wiki of this thread has more details about pricing of various Plus Points upgrades.
  • Mileage Upgrade Awards (MUA) can be requested for all UA flights with a higher cabin on all paid fares. This a varying amount of miles and a $ copay (elites are exempt from the co-pay for CPU eligible flights) -- mileage+copay calculator
    Note the miles and copay are due at time of the request and will be returned if unsuccessful.
  • Instant Upgrades are space available for all elites on Y & B fares for CPU-eligible flights at booking or thereafter. For Platinum and below these require PZ space. For 1Ks and GS, this can be done on Y, B & M fares and requires PN space. These Instant Upgrades, if not cleared at booking, cannot be waitlisted and one must keep checking to see if the instant upgrade space opens up. However, CPUs will process, as discussed above.
  • Paid/cash upgrades are a different mechanism and are only available if confirmable -- no waitlisting. Depending on methods, paid upgrades can clear into almost any fare class. If the class would otherwise be used for upgrades, the cash upsell can show up on the cleared upgrade list.
Plus Points and MUA (also called "miles+cash upgrades") are collectively referred to as instrument-supported upgrades, as they are considered with equal priority once applied. They may also be used on Copa (CM), Lufthansa (LH), and ANA (NH) flights.
Waitlisting for a premium cabin award and all forms of Economy Plus are not considered upgrades.


Upgrade Priority and Required Inventory

All upgrades other than CPU may clear immediately if the required inventory class is available. If you request an upgrade when there is not inventory to confirm your upgrade immediately, you will be added to the upgrade waitlist. The required inventory classes are as follows:

RN class is required for all upgrades to Premium Economy (United Premium Plus)
PN class is required for Instant Upgrades to Business/First from Y, B, and M fares for Premier 1K members, and for all upgrades to Business/First of any type for Global Services members.
PZ class is required for all other upgrades to Business/First except CPUs.

Note: The display of the upgrade lists is rather complicated at the moment. There seems to be more information available than usual, but its accuracy is disputed. The following is how it has historically functioned in terms of public visibility.

Passengers with unconfirmed upgrade requests will be added to the upgrade waitlist. This is not the same as the upgrade standby list which you can see on the Flight Status page. You cannot see this list by any means. The ordering of the upgrade waitlist is as follows:
Fare Class priority is J, C, D, Z, P, O, A, R, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N.

Waitlist priority for all flights
  • United Global Services requests
  • PlusPoints upgrades and MileagePlus Upgrade Awards
  • Premier status of the traveler*
  • Fare class
  • Chase United MileagePlus Club cardholders and Presidential Plus cardholders
  • United Corporate Preferred participants
  • United Chase Cardmembers with $25,000 in annual spending
  • Date and time of request


If we haven't confirmed your upgrade by the time you check in for your flight, you will be added to the Upgrades list at check-in, so there's nothing that you need to do after submitting your original request. Our upgrade systems process requests until three hours before flight departure, at which point our gate agents will handle all remaining upgrade requests.

*On flights equipped with United Premium Plus, we will process requests to upgrade to business class for customers ticketed in United Premium Plus (fare classes O, A, R) before processing requests for customers ticketed in economy.

Upgrade priority on United Premium Plus
On aircraft with United Premium Plus, well first process United Polaris business class or United Business waitlists for all members who have purchased United Premium Plus seats, using the same priority order that applies to all upgrades. Well then process waitlists for members with United Economy seats.

New waitlist requests for MileagePlus Upgrade Awards can be made until 24 hours before departure. New waitlist requests for PlusPoints upgrades can be made up until the flight check-in cutoff time.

United will periodically run sweeps from this list. The required inventory class for your upgrade does not need to be available in order to be upgraded from the standby list; passengers on the list will be upgraded at the discretion of United's systems. (You can also think of it as space was opened and then you immediately took it.)

For flights with Premium Plus, those with paid Premium Plus fares will be prioritized above those with paid economy fares even if status is lower. However, GS with paid economy are higher on the list than non-GS customers with paid Premium Plus fares. Therefore, GS with paid Prem Plus, then GS with paid economy, then other Prem Plus pax (1Ks, then Plat, then Gold, etc), then Economy (1Ks, then Plat, then Gold, etc). Not clear if this applies to GS in economy -- certainly not pre-gate waitlist (as they are waitlisted for PN) but unclear what happens at the gate merged waitlist.
How does PlusPoints/GPU/ Mileage Upgrade waitlist for business work with PremiumPlus?

Once check-in starts a new waitlist will be generated for use at the gate. The pre-gate list will continue to process until the flight goes to the gate, typically one to three hours prior to departure. This new list is the visible one on the Flight Status page. Generally they will have the same order, but there can be some differences in priority ordering of the two lists -- usually due to the time tiebreaker -- which is time of request for the pre-gate list and time of check-in (sequence number) for gate list. The visible (upgrade standby) list is not used until the flight is under gate control and the gate agent manually processes an upgrade.

The upgrade list sometimes also shows passengers who have been upgraded. Advance-cleared upgrades will not show on the gate list as cleared -- only passengers who clear after they check in will display with a green checkmark. Some paid Premium Plus fares may show as a confirmed upgrade to Premium Plus.

For both cases, display cleared upgrades will appear in alphabetic order and regardless if checked-in (as long as a seat has been assigned). Uncleared, waitlisted requests will appear in priority order.

Upgrades and Companions
Main article: Comprehensive Companion Upgrade Questions

The following applies ONLY to the invisible upgrade list.

Up to one companion on the same PNR as you is entitled to a CPU based on your status. However, because PNRs must consist only of passengers with the same itinerary, you will only be eligible for an upgrade if all passengers on your PNR have the same upgrade eligibility. For CPUs, you may extend your CPU status to one companion, and then the system will take the status of the lowest passenger on the reservation.

This is a little complicated. Here are some example PNRs:

1K and non-status companion: both are eligible to CPU as 1Ks
1K and two non-status companions: no one is eligible to CPU
1K, Gold, and non-status companion: the companion gets "1K CPU status" but the Gold cannot, so all three pax have Gold priority

The situation for instrument supported upgrades is slightly different. Waitlisting an instrument is also all-or-nothing on the PNR. Either all pax must have a waitlisted upgrade, or none may. If you have a waitlisted upgrade for a multiple passenger PNR, it will have the priority of the highest Premier status on the reservation. Thus:

1K and non-status companion, 2x PlusPoints applied: both are eligible as 1Ks with PlusPoints
1K and three non-status companions, 4x PlusPointsapplied: all four are eligible as 1Ks with PlusPoints

Multi-pax PNR upgrades are all or nothing - you may (or may not) be skipped over if there are fewer available seats than members in your party. If you do not like the treatment of your PNR, you may split it into smaller pieces at any time and be treated as smaller groups or individuals.


Now, what happens if you haven't cleared by check-in?

Multiple pax PNRs are not eligible for the (visible) upgrade standby list. If you wish to be added to the list, you must split the PNR at check-in. This often happens even if you didn't intend to. Note, however, that the hidden list is active until 3 hours before departure and splitting your PNR changes it. Therefore, you may wish to delay check-in until the airport. On the other hand, the tiebreak for the gate list is time of check-in, so you may wish to do so immediately. It depends on your situation.

Companions may be eligible for the upgrade standby list even after splitting the PNR, if it is split at check-in. The behavior of your companion(s) depends on whether the reservation had instruments applied. You may have one CPU companion, who will be waitlisted with your Premier priority but with an effective fare class below X (namely, last). If your companion was on a different PNR originally, or you want to designate a different companion, an airport agent can do that for you. Therefore, the list of 1Ks might be:

1) 1K on an S fare (you)
2) 1K on a K fare
3) Your no-status companion
4) Plat on a B fare

If your reservation had instruments applied, however, this process is different. In this case, if the reservation is auto-split at check-in, all travelers will have your Premier priority with their fare class. Say you are a 1K with three non-status companions, all with GPUs applied. Then you have

1) 1K on a V fare,PlusPoints applied
2..5) you (1K) and your three companions on W fares, ordered by sequence number
6) Plat on a Q fare, miles+cash applied


Frequently Asked Questions

I was #1 on the upgrade list, but someone else got the upgrade instead. What happened?
The most likely answer is that a higher status passenger or fare moved to your flight.

I'm #1 on the upgrade list but seats in the forward cabin keep disappearing. No one is being upgraded. What's going on?
There are two major sources of this. First, once your flight is within 24 hours of departure, it is eligible for SDC. Passengers with paid premium tickets can change to your flight and take seats. Many experienced flyers, especially FT members, underestimate the volatility of flight loads on the day of departure. Additionally, United usually makes a time-of-departure upsell offer available at check-in. Purchasers of this upgrade may often appear similar to last-minute revenue bookings.

I was waitlisted for I (or IN) class and did not clear. Am I now eligible for an upgrade?
"Upgrade" is the wrong terminology. You should be automatically placed on the standy list for business or first (whichever applies). Historically there have been problems with this occurring automatically, but that seems to have mostly been fixed. The exact priority compared to passengers who are waitlisted for an upgrade is unclear and a matter of some dispute. See discussion of GG ONESTANDBY lines 32-55.

Who are these people who are on standby lists for both Business and First?
These are non-revs (i.e., UA employees and family members) - either NRPS (non-rev positive space) or NRSA (non-rev standby). Non-revs can list for any cabin. NRPS are traveling on company business (e.g., deadheading pilots) and will clear into open space ahead of upgraders. NRSA travel standby and will be last in priority after all paid passengers. Why would someone be listed on both standby & upgrade list(s)?
Originally Posted by leftysauce View Post
I want to note the distinction that this only applies to NRPS that book the specific cabin directly (eg. if NRPS are eligible for J, they will clear into J immediately if any J seat is available). Otherwise, if NRPS book a lower cabin, they will be waitlisted after all paid (cash+award) pax but before NRSA for upgrades to higher cabins.
Deadheading Pilots Will Have Upgrade Priority Over Elites
Can you have one companion on a different PNR?
Yes, but only at the airport/gate and some agents are not familiar with the process. They are at the bottom of your status group.

Related threads
Ever see (+X blocked) in booked column on upgrade list?
Consolidated "Waitlist for Award Seats Questions/Issues"
[Consolidated] Chance of upgrade clearing on my flight
Decoding the alphabet soup - fare buckets for UA
Understanding the United Upgrade List Comprehensively [Archive]


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Old Sep 25, 22, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by drewguy View Post
Companion and I are 2 and 3 on upgrade list - int'l, plus points from PE. Inside 24 hours and 3 seats left. At this point do they "skip" a couple? I'm wondering if at T-4 they'll do the usually clear all but 1, and clear #1, but with only one slot skip companion and me on same PNR, and go to #4.

Or do they just hold until they would clear those last two seats - us, unless someone pays or switches flights or uses some other way to grab a seat?
For PlusPoints reservations, your should already have been split at T-24, so you'd clear separately.

However, they don't "clear all but 1" as any standard practice. They would frequently clear all but 2, but that's normally done around T-24.

So, I think you're good either way, although there's a very real chance that you'll get just one upgrade (or none).
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Old Sep 25, 22, 8:44 pm
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Just as another data point perhaps, but also a question. Experienced this a couple of weeks ago on IAH-LHR. Before OLCI we're at #2 and 3 on upgrade list (R fare with a MUA applied). At OLCI #1 gets upgraded and we’re 45 +1 blocked and we become #1 and 2. Then someone probably does the buy-up since one of the seats I was scoping out was gone. At T-6 we both get upgraded but I find out later that our itinerary got split. So I can only surmise that they initially only opened 1 seat for upgrade, then the second one right afterwards?
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Old Sep 25, 22, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by VRFast View Post
Just as another data point perhaps, but also a question. Experienced this a couple of weeks ago on IAH-LHR. Before OLCI we're at #2 and 3 on upgrade list (R fare with a MUA applied). At OLCI #1 gets upgraded and were 45 +1 blocked and we become #1 and 2. Then someone probably does the buy-up since one of the seats I was scoping out was gone. At T-6 we both get upgraded but I find out later that our itinerary got split. So I can only surmise that they initially only opened 1 seat for upgrade, then the second one right afterwards?
I think after you check in, if you get upgraded it always splits you whether or not it's necessary.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 9:18 am
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Hour before departure
Polaris list 60/60
1. FIR,S
2. SEC,O
3. THR,I

PremPlus lisit 24/26 booked
1.TIN,K
2. TAI,L
3. SOL,D
4 SAI,L

At about when you would think upgrades are process, appears PremPlus had three names disappear and Polaris now list includes three that had been on PremPlus list
1. FIR,S
2. TIN,K
3. TAI,L
4. SEC,O
5. SOL,D
6. THR,I

Three from the PremiumPlus list now appear ahead of others on Polaris, including paid PremPlus
?????
Eventually the top 2 on the new list clear

How did the PremPlus upgrade list folks get ahead of the paid PremPlus on the Polaris list?
I could see maybe 1 did an up-fare but three at the gate?

Speculation, at the gate they cleared into PremPlus as O/A/R and not RN, and then got re-prioritized on the Polaris list??
The PremPlus had open seats and upgrades were run before Polaris -- not sure what the normal order is.
If that happens, PremPlus upgrades get re-prioritized as paid PremPlus fares, it means at the gate paid PremPlus priority is devalued.

For what it is worth I was SEC,O , and feel I got snooker out of the second gate upgrade.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
How did the PremPlus upgrade list folks get ahead of the paid PremPlus on the Polaris list?
I could see maybe 1 did an up-fare but three at the gate?
I mean, it's possible, but it doesn't seem likely, especially with Polaris showing 60/60 and those passengers being at the top of the PlusPoints list. I could see if it there were empty seats on the Polaris list and they guessed that a buy-up might increase their J priority, but it seems like a waste of money otherwise.

Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Speculation, at the gate they cleared into PremPlus as O/A/R and not RN, and then got re-prioritized on the Polaris list??
I mean, it sure looks like that. Maybe an agent just cleared them into the lowest open bucket without knowing it would affect the order of the J list? Or maybe UA just broke something. What would be really unfortunate would be if they cleared into RN but were still re-ordered on the J list, which definitely isn't supposed to happen.

Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
The PremPlus had open seats and upgrades were run before Polaris -- not sure what the normal order is.
Normally I'd expect they'd run the Polaris upgrades first unless there was an oversold situation in PE, in which case you'd clear that first even if it meant going out of order on the J list. It's not supposed to make a difference, but if you run the PE list first, you end up having to run it twice -- once to populate PE, once to move people from PE to J, and then again to re-populate PE. If you run the J list first, you only have to run each list once.

Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
If that happens, PremPlus upgrades get re-prioritized as paid PremPlus fares, it means at the gate paid PremPlus priority is devalued.
Agreed. Hopefully we can get some other people to chime in with their experience so we can see if this is widespread or just a bad agent.

Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
For what it is worth I was SEC,O , and feel I got snooker out of the second gate upgrade.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by VRFast View Post
Just as another data point perhaps, but also a question. Experienced this a couple of weeks ago on IAH-LHR. Before OLCI we're at #2 and 3 on upgrade list (R fare with a MUA applied). At OLCI #1 gets upgraded and were 45 +1 blocked and we become #1 and 2. Then someone probably does the buy-up since one of the seats I was scoping out was gone. At T-6 we both get upgraded but I find out later that our itinerary got split. So I can only surmise that they initially only opened 1 seat for upgrade, then the second one right afterwards?
So does your companion have same status? I'm a bit worried about checking in and relegating my Silver companion way down the list, while we're now #2 and #3 . . .haven't checked in yet lest thishappen.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 11:03 am
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So does your companion have same status? I'm a bit worried about checking in and relegating my Silver companion way down the list, while we're now #2 and #3 . . .haven't checked in yet lest thishappen.
Check to see if your reservations have already been split. For instrument upgrades, unless they've changed something recently, that's SOP. (You and your companion likely have different PNRs).

The splitting that would happen for CPU purposes appears to have been changed so that it only occurs if one is actually going to clear, but I don't think they made the same change for instrument-supported upgrades.

The "going way down the list" thing is a defect, but I don't know if it's been fixed yet or not. Your companion isn't supposed to move when you split.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 11:10 am
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^ Not currently split at T-6. I do wonder if they don't split for instruments now either, until needed?

Not going to chance finding out if it's fixed yet in this case! Figure I'll check in at airport where there's a better chance they could correct it ASAP.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Three from the PremiumPlus list now appear ahead of others on Polaris, including paid PremPlus
?????
Eventually the top 2 on the new list clear

How did the PremPlus upgrade list folks get ahead of the paid PremPlus on the Polaris list?
Were these two on the Polaris list at all originally? Or only after they came off the PP list?
TIN,K; TAI,L

Possible they were GS but weren't properly listed for both cabins initially. Or possible they were initially using 1K sponsor for upgrade and changed to have GS sponsor?

Speculation, at the gate they cleared into PremPlus as O/A/R and not RN, and then got re-prioritized on the Polaris list??
The system/gate agents can't clear them into O/A/R. If its being processed as an upgrade it will clear into RN and if in RN, the system looks at the underlying Y fare they had prior to clearing to RN.

The PremPlus had open seats and upgrades were run before Polaris -- not sure what the normal order is.
Normal order is for GS first PP > J then Y > J then remainder of premiers PP>J, Y> J, Y > PP. However that is only if J currently has open seats. Those upgrades should be run multiple times, at minimum when the flight is closed to new sales, again when check in closed/seats released, and a final time when no shows/missed connections are offloaded. Depending on the cabin status at the time it is run, it is possible a clearance to PP happens before someone clears to >

For example, if PremPlus has open seats but Polaris doesn't, when the flight is closed to new sales, the PremPlus seats will clear at that point even though no one will clear to J. If later, passengers are offloaded as a no show then seats to Polaris will clear.

If that happens, PremPlus upgrades get re-prioritized as paid PremPlus fares, it means at the gate paid PremPlus priority is devalued.
As above, upgrades don't get re-prioritized, if in RN it looks at the underlying Y basis. IE if someone on a Y fare only waitlisted for J, but someone on a W fare waitlisted both and cleared RN, the Y fare will clear before the W fare, even though the W is currently in premium plus.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 12:18 pm
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So does your companion have same status? I'm a bit worried about checking in and relegating my Silver companion way down the list, while we're now #2 and #3 . . .haven't checked in yet lest thishappen.
No my wife is Silver but we were on the same PNR before/after OLCI until the upgrades happened. And there were plenty of people below us on the list, so it probably had no impact she was Silver. But you'll never know.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 4:40 pm
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To close my own loop - airport check in and we both stayed together on list at 2 and 3, then upgraded at about T-90m, with reservation splitting. And oddly I couldn’t get a new boarding pass (electronic; GA didn’t give me paper either)
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Old Sep 26, 22, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Lux Flyer View Post
Were these two on the Polaris list at all originally? Or only after they came off the PP list?
TIN,K; TAI,L...
They were on the original list but further down the list as you would expect of a Y passenger below the paid PremPlus
After upgrades to PremPlus and taken off the PremPlus list, they jump add of this Plat paid PremPlus passenger

Originally Posted by Lux Flyer View Post
Possible they were GS but weren't properly listed for both cabins initially. Or possible they were initially using 1K sponsor for upgrade and changed to have GS sponsor? ...
Three separate customers with different last names. While possible I would consider that as high improbable
In reality it was four passengers that moved priority and came off the PremPlus list, but just 3 that moved add of SEC, O.
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The system/gate agents can't clear them into O/A/R. If its being processed as an upgrade it will clear into RN and if in RN, the system looks at the underlying Y fare they had prior to clearing to RN. ...
That's the way you would hope it works, but I thinl we all seen cases (at least domestically) where the gate upgrade posts in a paid fare class

Originally Posted by Lux Flyer View Post
As above, upgrades don't get re-prioritized, if in RN it looks at the underlying Y basis. .
That is what should happen but not what happened.
Not what happened in real-time. , As I was refreshing minute by minute.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 7:18 pm
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To update my own post. No status member. Put a miles upgrade in months ago for a trip cause there is no fee and low miles. Y fare coach ticket Thursday. Cross country east coast to ord and then ord to west coast.

currently # 1 on upgrade list out of 9 people for 7 open seats on first flight

currently #9 out of 48 for the second flight with 6 seats open

My guess is first flight looks very good, second unlikely. Maybe if I finish in the top of the upgrade list on the second flgiht they will offer me an economy plus seat lol. Im sure they wont but hey , maybe the upgrade will clear
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Old Sep 26, 22, 8:28 pm
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Unfortunately, almost a guarantee youll be in coach ORD to West Coast for a flight 3 days away and that upgrade list. Once some Premiers see that a CPU is unlikely, theyll toss PlusPoints or miles at it to try and claw their way higher on the list. Or last minute F purchases.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 9:04 pm
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My guess is first flight looks very good
Agreed.

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second unlikely.
You'd need a massive thunderstorm to make a bunch of people disconnect.

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Maybe if I finish in the top of the upgrade list on the second flgiht they will offer me an economy plus seat lol. Im sure they wont but hey , maybe the upgrade will clear
They'll happily sell you one. . They're unlikely to give you one as a consolation prize, though.

Note:

(a) if your upgrade clears even on one segment, the baggage benefit will apply, so if you need to check your luggage, don't pre-pay on the app; wait to see if you clear by the time you arrive at the airport.
(b) if either segment clears, the upgrade is considered used, and no refund will be provided, nor will it be prorated. So, if you're east coast to ORD flight is short enough where you don't think it's a good value on its own, you should call and cancel the request before it clears. (It gets more complicated if you try to cancel it after it clears).
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