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Wow - selling the upgrades at the gate so explicitly.

Wow - selling the upgrades at the gate so explicitly.

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Old Mar 16, 17, 8:42 pm
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Wow - selling the upgrades at the gate so explicitly.

Just about to board flight from Denver to SFO. 14 people on upgrade list and about 5 open seats - 20 minutes prior to boarding they announce we have first class upgrades for sale. The New Spirit of United. Continually reaffirming that I don't need to earn 1K.
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Old Mar 16, 17, 8:56 pm
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Just about to board flight from Denver to SFO. 14 people on upgrade list and about 5 open seats - 20 minutes prior to boarding they announce we have first class upgrades for sale. The New Spirit of United. Continually reaffirming that I don't need to earn 1K.

I think I know the person you're talking about. Tall male with glasss right? He's always doing that on my DEN to SNA flight and he always gets a bite
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Old Mar 16, 17, 9:02 pm
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The only reports I have read of regarding GAs selling F at the gate openly have been in DEN. I have never encountered that anywhere else.

Someone should tell that man / lady that Smisek isn't in charge anymore...
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Old Mar 16, 17, 9:38 pm
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Maybe DEN is being used as a test market, on select flights?
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Old Mar 16, 17, 10:05 pm
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1K here. Im going Den-SFO-HNL Monday. Back on a similar route (but going the other direction!). The only leg I haven't been upgraded on is DEN_SFO. And there are buckets of open seats up there. I think Denver is a test market.
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Old Mar 16, 17, 10:15 pm
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A new low IMHO. Reverse auction is next.

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Old Mar 16, 17, 11:09 pm
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If truly a test for future roll out, I am NOT down with this, United. So tacky.
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Old Mar 16, 17, 11:17 pm
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DEN has been doing this for a few years. How long a test do they need?
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Old Mar 16, 17, 11:29 pm
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This is the difference of over and covert.
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Old Mar 16, 17, 11:35 pm
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Think I mentioned this in the TOD thread for a ORD-DEN flight last week, not unique to DEN.
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Old Mar 17, 17, 6:54 am
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I've seen it happen (only once) at IAH as well.
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Old Mar 17, 17, 6:55 am
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if they sold them to elites at the same price they do general members would this be so bad?
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Old Mar 17, 17, 7:12 am
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not defending United or anything but they are running a business and trying to make as much money as they can.. just like we all do!
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Old Mar 17, 17, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
The only reports I have read of regarding GAs selling F at the gate openly have been in DEN. I have never encountered that anywhere else.

Someone should tell that man / lady that Smisek isn't in charge anymore...
I've heard it at IAH and SFO.
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Old Mar 17, 17, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by EWRMAN View Post
if they sold them to elites at the same price they do general members would this be so bad?
Originally Posted by skgolf91
not defending United or anything but they are running a business and trying to make as much money as they can.. just like we all do!
These two together don't get said enough. My company has a customer that consistently says: "we give you $200m a year, you can't do that for free?". No, we can't.
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