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Premium Transcon Service SFO-EWR/BOS, LAX-EWR flights - Questions and Experiences

Premium Transcon Service SFO-EWR/BOS, LAX-EWR flights - Questions and Experiences

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Update 2017: United p.s. is now called Transcontinental Service. This service is available on flights between EWR<>LAX, EWR<>SFO, and BOS<>SFO.
Cross Country Comfort: Introducing United Airlines’ New Transcontinental Service

Originally Posted by United POLARIS FAQ
How does the switch to United Polaris affect United p.s.® Premium Service transcontinental flights?
On December 1, 2016, BusinessFirst service on p.s. transcontinental routes became United Business®, and now features our custom Saks Fifth Avenue pillow and duvet. Previous p.s. features did not change other than the new bedding.
The first PS flights to/from EWR started 25 Oct 2015
United offers transcontinental travelers the features and comfort of long-haul international flights. Customers enjoy modern aircraft interiors with all-new seats, inflight Wi-Fi, free personal on-demand entertainment at every seat, in-seat power and USB ports.

United also provides:
* Premier Access check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage handling;
* United Club access;
* up to 6 feet, 4 inches of sleeping space in a 180-degree flat-bed seat; and
* pre-departure beverages, hot towel service, multi-course meals and a pre-arrival snack.
E+ passengers -- hot meals and drinks included
Travelers in Economy Plus on our premium transcontinental flights now enjoy more than just extra legroom — they’ll also receive a complimentary hot entrée, fruit and dessert, as well as their choice of free alcoholic beverages, including our featured cocktail and more.
Aircraft 757-200
Original config 28 lieflat BF / 42 E+ / 72 E-
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Re-purposed TATL config 16 lieflat BF / 45 E+ / 108 E-
Consolidated "Seats on International 757"

other lie-flat aircraft will be used on the route, such as
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FAQs
Are all flights on these routes lie-flat, etc?
Yes -- all non-stop flights from SFO/LAX to/from EWR and SFO<>BOS are configured as such regardless of aircraft used. All scheduled aircraft have a lie-flat premium cabin.

Are these CPU-eligible flights?
No -- no CPU on these flights. It will take RPU/GPU/mileage+copays to upgrade. Generally, these are "hard" upgrades.

Are TODs / Cash upgrades offered?
Yes, $298 cash OW upgrades are regularly offered.

Archive: Premium Transcon Service SFO-EWR/BOS, LAX-EWR flights-Questions&Experiences {Archive}
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Old Jun 11, 18, 7:10 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
SFO-EWR is not CPU eligible and you will need a supported upgrade approach (GPU/RPU/miles+copay) to upgrade/waitlist

SFO-PHL is CPU eligible and you should be shown on the gate waitlist if not cleared earlier. You can also use a support method, you will be waitlisted if R is not available. However, I would not give a Gold elite much chance for CPU.
SFO-PHL is a very tough upgrade especially because the 319 is used quite a bit. I used to take Amtrak up to EWR for EWR-SFO/LAX simply for the sheer frequency of service.
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Old Jun 11, 18, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by nova08 View Post
SFO-PHL is a very tough upgrade especially because the 319 is used quite a bit. I used to take Amtrak up to EWR for EWR-SFO/LAX simply for the sheer frequency of service.
That's exactly what I did two weeks ago. It was awesome. LAX-EWR-ZFV-EWR-LAX. Reasonable P fare and purchased the train tickets separately. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Frequency + flat bed + easily accessible = I'm never flying into Philly again, lol.
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Old Jun 11, 18, 9:20 am
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I applied RPUs and GPUs to PHL-SFO twice a week for 9 months. Cleared twice.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by JHake10 View Post
I applied RPUs and GPUs to PHL-SFO twice a week for 9 months. Cleared twice.
FWIW, not much better with instruments on SFO-EWR. I think one cleared on a EWR-SFO two years ago (before it was "PS" service). I have NEVER seen R space on this flight but I am sure others have found it occasionally.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by nomad420 View Post
FWIW, not much better with instruments on SFO-EWR. I think one cleared on a EWR-SFO two years ago (before it was "PS" service). I have NEVER seen R space on this flight but I am sure others have found it occasionally.
The last flight out on Saturday nights EWR-SFO are good for upgrades. Usually PN9, if not R>0. Same for BOS-SFO.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by GoSh4rks View Post
The last flight out on Saturday nights EWR-SFO are good for upgrades. Usually PN9, if not R>0. Same for BOS-SFO.
8 p.m. Friday night BOS-SFO is also great. Usually R is available. Nobody likes the late flights on a Friday night
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:03 am
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Flying Polaris on a Domestic Flight

I'm flying out to LAX from EWR tomorrow and my 772 was just changed to a 773. I was on the mileage upgrade standby list to business class, and with the new plane it looks pretty favorable that I'll get my upgrade. What amenities and service will I not be getting as it's a domestic flight ? And I assume there will be no access to the Polaris lounge ? But regardless I'm excited at the chance to try out these new seats. Now to se which seats I should pick. Hopefully with 30 currently open I'll be able to snag two
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:29 am
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No access to Polaris lounge, service will be standard p.s. service. Be prepared to wait a long time for meal service to be completed...the flight will be well more than halfway completed once done given the size of the cabin.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:34 am
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Thanks. Will there be any blankets or pillows for the flight being that it's domestic? If not I might bring something of my own.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:44 am
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Check the "Best seats on a 773" thread, as the better seats are very different than on the 772. 9L/9A my favorites (in that order).
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:44 am
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While this is an aircraft used for Polaris service, e.g. international J, you are on a domestic p.s. flight. The hard product will be Polaris and the soft product will be domestic p.s. Don;t count on anything that isn't part of the p.s. product.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:49 am
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Originally Posted by tarheelnj View Post
Check the "Best seats on a 773" thread, as the better seats are very different than on the 772. 9L/9A my favorites (in that order).
Thanks I was trying to find that thread to no avail... Can't seem to find it....

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Found it !!

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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by Phillies View Post
Thanks I was trying to find that thread to no avail... Can't seem to find it
Here you go... enjoy the experience.

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Old Jun 14, 18, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by Phillies View Post
Thanks. Will there be any blankets or pillows for the flight being that it's domestic? If not I might bring something of my own.
Pillows and blankets for business class for sure. Crap shoot for economy - sometimes yes, other times no.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 8:24 am
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Originally Posted by PTahCha View Post
Pillows and blankets for business class for sure. Crap shoot for economy - sometimes yes, other times no.
Did a RT EWR-SFO this week. Each flight had blankets. Haven't seen pillows in a while.
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