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UA Upsell Offers to Business/First/PP at Purchase and Day of Departure (TOD)

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UA will generally offer cash upgrades from any non-Basic Economy fare for UA operated flights, these can be offered:
- At the time of purchase
- Before travel in the itinerary view
- At check-in (computer, smartphone, airport)
- You can inquire with an agent anytime (including at the gate)
The price can vary, as it appears multiple processes are used -- occasionally yielding strangely high offers. Always cross-check on what the fare difference might be and consider instead Buy up to higher fare class w/o change fee? {GG BUYUP}

Awards tickets may be offered similar cash upgrade but only at check-in

For Check-in offers, these can vary post initial check-in, so check back closer to departure.

Such upgrades will be eligible for all the benefits of a premium cabin ticket, UA makes no distinction on how a passenger premium cabin ticket was obtained.

Will the upgrade earn PQDs or bonus PQMs see the wiki of Some Paid Upgrades Count Towards PQD & mileage bonus and some DON"T!
On how pricing is structured, see A Comprehensive Look at Domestic First Class Monetization (FCM) on United

Previous Threads:
UA Upsell Offers to Business/First at Purchase and Day of Departure (TOD) [Archive]

2016 Upsell Offers to Business/First (UFC/PCU) Questions/Discussion (Paid Upgrades)
2015 Upsell Offers to Business/First (UFC/PCU) Questions/Discussion (Paid Upgrades)
2014 Upsell Offers to Business/First (UFC/PCU) Questions/Discussion (Paid Upgrades)
2013 "Upsell Offers to Business/First (UFC/PCU)" Questions/Discussion (Paid Upgrades)



Is it a good deal? User j2simpso maintains a spreadsheet to help you make that determination.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 12:14 pm
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BZN - LAX on a Saturday, difference between 1st and economy at booking - $159. Upgrade offer right after booking - $159
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Old Mar 13, 19, 8:13 pm
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Heading to Boston from Colorado in May. Outbound leg is going via IAH. Upgrade price for IAH-BOS is $208. Upgrade price for BOS-DEN is $216 (basically the upfare charge). Not biting on either.
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Old Mar 14, 19, 8:18 am
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Recent offers for late March flights:
SNA-IAH: $165
IAH-LAX: $1,960
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Old Mar 14, 19, 8:58 pm
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IAH-DCA and DCA-IAH for next week offered at $168 each. E fare. GS status. Same offer as always on this route for the past two years or so. It used to be $158. I didn’t take either offer. Outbound was upgraded via CPU at 120hours. Return is almost full and I expect it will fill with paid upgrades. Maybe I will get lucky and get upgraded at the gate if an F passenger switches to another flight and leaves a seat open for me.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 5:22 pm
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ZRH-IAD on 3/22 was $599 today J3C3D3Z3P2 at the time. Colleague took it and it rebooked into P. Started at $1099 with P availability a month ago, then rose to $3xxx when D was lowest available fare bucket, and as high as $6xxx when only C and J were available.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 5:31 pm
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I have been flying YEG-DEN and DEN-SFO (and vice versa) numerous times over the past few months and I always get a $159 buyup offer (except the one time it was sold out) Not a horrible offer for 2.5Hr-ish flights

Took it once on a DEN-SFO route as I wanted to try global first one last time (but it switched to a polarized plane unfortunately...)
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Old Mar 18, 19, 5:18 am
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$90 for IAD-EWR on an A320. Is this worth it & can I burn my ETC to pay for this?
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Old Mar 18, 19, 6:40 am
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Originally Posted by deepakvalecha View Post
$90 for IAD-EWR on an A320. Is this worth it & can I burn my ETC to pay for this?
No one can really answer that for you. If it gets you free checked bag(s) that you would otherwise have to pay for, it can be a decent value. Otherwise it's a little hard to justify objectively for such a short flight. Although I find the slimlined 320 Y seats very uncomfortable, so that might also be a consideration.
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Old Mar 18, 19, 9:31 am
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CDG-IAD

U-fare, $1165 at T-7, and was the same at booking. Trip originates in Africa on LH metal w/UA flight number, so mileage upgrades are 35K and $350, which is nuts for just the EUR-US leg.
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Old Mar 18, 19, 11:08 am
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BTV - ORD - DEN - SBA for May. After purchase, $149 BTV-ORD, $149 for ORD- DEN, $159 DEN - SBA (from W fare).

So $457 for all 3 segments. To buy 1st outright was $363 for the difference in fare, so about $100 more to upgrade through their offers right after purchase.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 1:12 pm
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TXL- EWR, 800 EUR, no thank you.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 1:58 pm
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Is it just me or are the TODs lower for lower status folks in this thread?

I used to take the TODs for my short hops as usually they were around $59/$79 or so but these days the lowest is around $119 and up. Also, the TODs gave me PQD but these days do not. I do not take them but now I usually get a CPU on the flights. My CPU rate is much higher this year than in previous years so trying to work out if the higher TODs is for higher status folks.

In which case I may be better off not booking with my MP number in hopes of lower TODs and having my MP# input at the airport....I actually only want to fly front of plane on red eyes.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Aussienarelle View Post
Is it just me or are the TODs lower for lower status folks in this thread? ....
While that appeared to be true years ago, it seems to have equalized out although there are still occasional reports. What I have noticed is offers in general have creepted up -- very rare to hear of the sub-$100 offers nowadays/
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Old Mar 19, 19, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
While that appeared to be true years ago, it seems to have equalized out although there are still occasional reports. What I have noticed is offers in general have creepted up -- very rare to hear of the sub-$100 offers nowadays/
Yeah, IME offers are $20-40 more than several years ago, and are generally the same for most pax. There are sporadic reports of lower status pax getting better offers, but it seems like thread would have an extreme sampling bias in favor of that.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
Yeah, IME offers are $20-40 more than several years ago, and are generally the same for most pax. There are sporadic reports of lower status pax getting better offers, but it seems like thread would have an extreme sampling bias in favor of that.
UA seems to have standardized buy-ups quite a bit compared to years past, at least on the domestic routes. Used to be much more variable, not just in amount but in how the buy-up would be treated.

There have been some recent reports though of some uncommonly low international offers ($599 for a TATL).
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