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Premium Transcon Service SFO/LAX<>EWR/JFK flights - Questions and Experiences

Premium Transcon Service SFO/LAX<>EWR/JFK 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 theyll also receive a complimentary hot entre, 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-
Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on a 757-200 (pmUA Domestic and p.s.)

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
Everything You Wanted to Know About Where to Sit on 777-200 HD (28BF,102E+,234E-)
Everything you want to know about where to sit on the 787-10

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 Jan 28, 17, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by monczao View Post
2) Should I try using the RPU, or that's a risky game and it's better to just buy up to business? If the latter, is it better to do it through the website/app ahead of time or wait until gate and do it there? How much does it cost to upgrade with cash?
I've concluded it's best just to purchase the advance P fare at $649 each way. There is an advance purchase requirement, which varies.
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Old Jan 28, 17, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by jr0ck View Post
The one thing that United does right is those gosh durn cookies they bake in first. SO GOOD! Does anyone know which brand? Otis Spunkmeyer?
Advertised as Otis Spunkmeyer although website is always a dubious source. They're decent although I prefer the Christie Cookie Co. ones that are served on Express flights

Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
I've concluded it's best just to purchase the advance P fare at $649 each way. There is an advance purchase requirement, which varies.
Up to $664 at a 30-day AP now. They bumped it $10 and then $5 a week later this quarter... it's like they hope we don't notice.
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Old Jan 28, 17, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
Up to $664 at a 30-day AP now. They bumped it $10 and then $5 a week later this quarter... it's like they hope we don't notice.
I find the lack of R availability much more upsetting . . . .
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Old Jan 28, 17, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
I find the lack of R availability much more upsetting . . . .
Yes, although I also never fail to be astounded how many over-$1k fares they sell. My backup is always something like SFO-IAH-LGA where I can fly the 789 for half of it, get notably more PQM, and it's still less than $650 all the way up to T-7.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 12:16 pm
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Delta is now serving free meals I need Y on JFK-SFO/LAX...wonder if UA will follow or not...
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Old Feb 7, 17, 12:26 pm
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How to get on UG waitlist within 24h?

What is the right way to apply a GPU/RPU to get added to UG standby list within 24h of departure?

when doing SDC waitlist often does not carry over

i guess this is a general GPU question but also relevant for PS flights.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by FTLexMUC View Post
What is the right way to apply a GPU/RPU to get added to UG standby list within 24h of departure?
Not allowed under the rules. New waitlist requests may only be made outside of T-24. A very helpful agent might violate the rules and do it for you.

Originally Posted by FTLexMUC View Post
when doing SDC waitlist often does not carry over
It's not supposed to. Instrument needs to be redeposited and reapplied.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 5:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Not allowed under the rules. New waitlist requests may only be made outside of T-24. A very helpful agent might violate the rules and do it for you.



It's not supposed to. Instrument needs to be redeposited and reapplied.
can I do it at the gate then? Why don't they allow certificates within 24h?
sdc be default is within 24h so I cannot reapply per your first statement, correct?
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Old Feb 7, 17, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by FTLexMUC View Post
can I do it at the gate then? Why don't they allow certificates within 24h?
sdc be default is within 24h so I cannot reapply per your first statement, correct?
Per the rules, you can't waitlist within T-24. You can clear into open R.

Again, a helpful agent may waive the restriction.
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Old Feb 8, 17, 11:26 pm
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Polaris vs p.s.

Looking at EWR-SFO flights for this fall, it seems I have a choice between Polaris-configured 752s and p.s.-configured 752s. Assuming both configurations will really be flying at that time, will there be any notable difference between the hard and soft experiences?
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Old Feb 8, 17, 11:37 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Looking at EWR-SFO flights for this fall, it seems I have a choice between Polaris-configured 752s and p.s.-configured 752s. Assuming both configurations will really be flying at that time, will there be any notable difference between the hard and soft experiences?
What is a "Polaris-configured 752" exactly? If you mean 16J v 28J seats, it's exactly the same!
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Old Feb 9, 17, 4:06 am
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same same but different. but still same.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 5:15 am
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Same seats. I'd book the 16J. I like the smaller cabin but also if you're in a 28J and seated in the 2nd half and there's a swap to a 16J you could be SOL so would rather not hassle with it.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Looking at EWR-SFO flights for this fall, it seems I have a choice between Polaris-configured 752s and p.s.-configured 752s. Assuming both configurations will really be flying at that time, will there be any notable difference between the hard and soft experiences?
Very little difference. Bulkhead seat availability would be my criteria.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by JVPhoto View Post
Same seats. I'd book the 16J. I like the smaller cabin but also if you're in a 28J and seated in the 2nd half and there's a swap to a 16J you could be SOL so would rather not hassle with it.
Thanks. That sounds like good advice.
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