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Real Premium Economy is Coming [Update: UA studying "Real" Prem Y in domestic market]

Real Premium Economy is Coming [Update: UA studying "Real" Prem Y in domestic market]

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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:46 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post


Itís the introduction of business class - all over again!
That's a really good comment. That is what happened with business class- since tickets were often paid by third parties, the way you made money was to make business class a lot like first and charge a lot of money for it. But that left a hole for people who wanted a middle ground. So now airlines are reintroducing the product that was originally called business class to fill that middle ground.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:47 pm
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I wonder if this has been the reason for the delay getting the 777-200 Polaris retrofit line up and running.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by tryathlete View Post
Finally thereís a place for my useless GPUís to be used but unfortunately this probably spells the end of upgrades to C.
This, sadly. You'll be able to "upgrade" to PE. Or book a full-fare PE ticket (probably Y/B/M/H?) and upgrade to Polaris.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:49 pm
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People have been hoping for this for years, I for one, am a bit worried about how this will roll out and how GPU's will be used. I'm guessing Economy to PE? Will 1K's have access at booking?
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by LASUA1K View Post
People have been hoping for this for years, I for one, am a bit worried about how this will roll out and how GPU's will be used. I'm guessing Economy to PE? Will 1K's have access at booking?
I have no inside knowledge, but my bets would be (1) CPU's will upgrade into PE and (2) 1K''s won't have any free access to PE- they will need to pay or use an instrument.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:54 pm
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Hope that, if this is true, they follow LH where your GPU from Y goes into C, not PE.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 12:56 pm
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I also hope they let United MileagePlus redemptions into Premium Economy on other airlines. The seat looks similar to the one from SingaporeAirlines. Got an email from United too.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by dilanesp View Post
I have no inside knowledge, but my bets would be (1) CPU's will upgrade into PE and (2) 1K''s won't have any free access to PE- they will need to pay or use an instrument.
There's no CPUs on int'l long-hauls, the focus of this.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
There's no CPUs on int'l long-hauls, the focus of this.
I mistyped. GPU's
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:02 pm
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to UA if this really happens - and soon. I don’t really need a lie flat on a short TATL, and since I no longer have GPUs to use, no worries on that front.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:09 pm
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Do you guys think that status automatic E+ economy will translate to this at all?

if not then there’s no point of requakidying for silver (for me at least)
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:10 pm
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Does this replace E+ ? Or in addition to E+?
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:14 pm
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Bad News for UA Frequent Flyers

The lack of PE was one of the few remaining benefits of flying UA long haul for a couple reasons. First having a Y/J or Y/J/F cabin made upgrades straight forward the buy up offers were actually for something you wanted. Similar argument for using points or certificates for doing upgrades. Sure PE might make upgrades more plentiful but IMHO PE isnít that much better than Y. You already get a meal and booze on international flights in Y. Second what will happen to E+ seating for elites? One of the nice things about being Gold with UA was I could be sure to find a bulkhead or emergency row with space similar or better to PE at no extra cost. Third what will this mean for mileage earning with UA? Will people who buy s fares see a reduction in PQM or BIS? Fourth how will this change priority boarding? As a Gold I get some 2 boarding ensuring I will have overhead bin space. I could easily see ya Golds being pushed into zone 3 boarding with PE boarding in zone 2.

overall many questions left unanswered for us elites.

lets hope this doesnít arrive for domestic/trans-border itineraries!

- James
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:15 pm
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
Do you guys think that status automatic E+ economy will translate to this at all?

if not then thereís no point of requakidying for silver (for me at least)
No, absolutely not. It's unlikely that anyone will be given P+ for free unless E is sold out. However, there will likely still be some E+ seats on the plane -- just not as many as before. Also, keeping in mind the pace of United's rollouts, I'd wager that this won't be widely available for many months, if not years.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:20 pm
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Unfortunately I expect a loss of J and E+ seats and J upgrade availability with this if AA's and DL's configurations are any clue. It's part of why I'm not a big PE fan. I'm not in the niche that wants it, and instead I'm part of the group that has loses out on the J/Y side.
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