GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2018

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For reference:GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2017, GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2016, GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2015
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Old Jan 1, 18, 9:29 am
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GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2018

Since we are now in 2018, let's use this to post our 2018 GPU successes! Good luck to all the road warriors. May the fo"R" ce be with you!
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Old Jan 1, 18, 1:34 pm
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Just did two more.

1. SFO-ICN
2. 11/21/2018
3. V
4. Y->C
5. Cleared at booking
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Old Jan 1, 18, 10:53 pm
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Split itins on the outbound; mine in paid C, wife in Y upgraded to C:
1. IAD-DUB
2. 3/30/18
3. W
4. Y->C
5. Booked 11/19/17
6. Cleared at booking

Two used on the return (self + wife)
1. FRA-IAD
2. 4/3/18
3. W
4. Y->C
5. Booked 11/19/17
6. Cleared at booking
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Old Jan 2, 18, 8:47 am
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Booked just before Christmas (outbound):
1. AMS-IAH
2. 2018/01/18
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~3-4 weeks
6. Cleared at booking

Booked just before Christmas (return):
1. IAH-AMS
2. 2018/02/07
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~6-7 weeks
6. Cleared at booking
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Old Jan 2, 18, 8:58 am
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Had 4 successes, all at booking:

1. AMS-EWR
2. 5/12/18
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~16 weeks
6. At booking

1. IAH-EZE
2. 6/19/18
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~22 weeks
6. At booking

1. GIG-IAH
2. 6/25/18
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~23 weeks
6. At booking

1. EWR-BRU
2. 6/26/18
3. V
4. Y-C
5. ~23 weeks
6. At booking

Total was $800 and 3 GPUs; I'm satisfied
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Old Jan 2, 18, 9:22 am
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1. LAX-NRT (789)
2. 1/2/2018
3. V
4. Y-C
5. 3 weeks advance purchase
6. At booking (the only reason I chose the flight)

1. NRT-EWR (77W)
2. 1/3/2018
3. V
4. Y-C
5. 3 weeks advance purchase
6. At booking (the only reason I chose the flight)

I am only in NRT for 2-3 hours, a mileage run to start the new year. United.com let me upgrade both segments with 1 GPU. Wow!
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Old Jan 2, 18, 11:23 am
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1. IAH-LAX-MEL

2. 1/4/18

3. Q

4. Y-C

5. 1 week advance purchase

6. Cleared for long haul flight 3 days before, waitlisted for IAH-LAX


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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:58 am
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HKG-ORD (sUA 3-class 777-200)
Purchased D in early December for an early February flight
Requested D->F (ON) with a GPU upon purchase and was waitlisted; flight sat at F6 A6 ON0 for a month
About a month before flight date, it went to F6 A6 ON5
Called in and was cleared manually
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Old Jan 3, 18, 9:20 am
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Two used

1. NRT-SFO
2. 1/14/18
3. W
4. Y->C
5. Booked 12/31/17
6. Cleared at booking (9 were available)
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Old Jan 3, 18, 11:12 am
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1. DFW-ORD-FRA
2. 3/7/18
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 12
6. R avl at booking

1. FRA-IAH-DFW
2. 3/14/18
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 12
6. R avl at booking

1. DFW-SFO-NRT
2. 4/19/19
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 6
6. R avl at booking

1. SIN-LAX-DFW
2. 5/15/18
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 6
6. R avl at booking (Domestic still WL)

1. DFW-LAX-SIN
2. 6/26/18
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 6
6. R avl at booking (Domestic still WL)

1. SIN-LAX-DFW
2. 7/12/18
3. W
4. Y-C
5. Booked Dec 6
6. R avl at booking (Domestic still WL)

For those who say SFO/LAX-SIN nonstop is impossible: Book as far in advance as possible. Be flexible / Fly mid-week. And Never EVER play the Waitlist game!
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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:11 pm
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Quick question, pardon if it is mentioned in previous years' threads. If I have a flight waitlisted say from MEL to EWR via LAX, and the domestic NY/LA leg clears but the long haul doesn't, do I forfeit my GPU?
Thanks
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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by chavala View Post
For those who say SFO/LAX-SIN nonstop is impossible: Book as far in advance as possible. Be flexible / Fly mid-week. And Never EVER play the Waitlist game!
I got LAX-SIN upgraded for a flight in May - but I booked it 8 months in advance (so in September). It's been showing P9 PN0 for a long time now. I scored it for a Thursday flight, too, which I thought was pretty solid
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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:31 pm
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1. BCN-EWR
2. Travel date: 03-Feb-2018
3. W fare class
4. Y-C
5. Purchase date: 07-Dec-2017
6. Cleared on purchase

I am waiting on EWR-BCN (Jan 25).
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Old Jan 3, 18, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by SiPi View Post
Quick question, pardon if it is mentioned in previous years' threads. If I have a flight waitlisted say from MEL to EWR via LAX, and the domestic NY/LA leg clears but the long haul doesn't, do I forfeit my GPU?
Thanks
No, you should get the GPU back. But MEL-LAX is much, much more likely to clear.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by rch4u View Post

I am only in NRT for 2-3 hours, a mileage run to start the new year. United.com let me upgrade both segments with 1 GPU. Wow!
How is it possible to upgrade LAX-NRT, NRT-EWR with 1 GPU???
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