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Old Aug 27, 19, 7:21 pm
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What privileges/options/benefits are there when flying Business Class on a United international flight?
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Old Aug 27, 19, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by iowa guy View Post
What privileges/options/benefits are there when flying Business Class on a United international flight?
Mentioning the route would be useful, as that has some impact.

Is this related to the trip to Europe in Advice for cancelling entire trip, separate tickets; how to reschedule & aviod fees?
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Originally Posted by iowa guy View Post
What privileges/options/benefits are there when flying Business Class on a United international flight?
i would begin by perusing the UA website:

http://www.united.com/polaris
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Old Aug 27, 19, 8:13 pm
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This is for a transATLANTIC flight.
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Originally Posted by iowa guy View Post
This is for a transATLANTIC flight.
Kind of vague answer, if you are looking for FT expert intelligence. UA has a surprisingly large number of plane configurations, and business lounges. Please offer up the route, and the type of plane you are scheduled on (757, 767, 777, 787, etc.).
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Old Aug 27, 19, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by iowa guy View Post
What privileges/options/benefits are there when flying Business Class on a United international flight?
Care to elaborate?

Do you mean United Business or UA Polaris as both are vastly different.

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What privileges/options/benefits are there when flying Business Class on a United international flight?
The inability to enjoy long-haul international travel in Economy ever again...
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Old Aug 27, 19, 9:23 pm
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.... Do you mean United Business or UA Polaris as both are vastly different.
Already answered

Originally Posted by iowa guy View Post
This is for a transATLANTIC flight.
and which aircraft has already been asked about.
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ETransatlantic flights offer what United calls Polaris (business) class. All flights, regardless of aircraft type, will have Polaris service. Some aircraft will also have Polaris seats.

Polaris service includes access to the Polaris lounge (available in the US at certain airports). Itís Unitedís best asset. Onboard service is ok. Average food. Below average drinks. Some airports have an arrivals lounge if you are terminating there (think showers and breakfast).

All planes have lie-flat seats. The Polaris seats are more private whereas the alternative seats arenít.

You will get a lot more specifics if you post more info about your route.

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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
The inability to enjoy long-haul international travel in Economy ever again...
Darn right! But for a transatlantic, don't forget the "privilege" of a blocked middle seat on European carrier connecting flights (not unique to United/*A of course)
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Darn right! But for a transatlantic, don't forget the "privilege" of a blocked middle seat on European carrier connecting flights (not unique to United/*A of course)
SK doesn't even go that far anymore
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This was me last week, first business class flights from LHR to ORD and back. My first thought is that whilst it was a big step up from economy in terms of space, if it was my own money I wouldn't be paying 5x as much to travel on the same aircraft just for the Polaris experience (both flights were on the recently refurbished High J 767-300).

The United lounge at LHR and the Polaris lounge at ORD were both good, especially the pre-flight dining at ORD before the return flight. The service on board was also a step up from what I've been used to at the back on the plane.
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This was me last week, first business class flights from LHR to ORD and back. My first thought is that whilst it was a big step up from economy in terms of space, if it was my own money I wouldn't be paying 5x as much to travel on the same aircraft just for the Polaris experience (both flights were on the recently refurbished High J 767-300).

The United lounge at LHR and the Polaris lounge at ORD were both good, especially the pre-flight dining at ORD before the return flight. The service on board was also a step up from what I've been used to at the back on the plane.
I've heard friends say the same thing - only on other people's money - but I can't go back. I don't think of it as a price differential, but the overall price. I shop for deals, fly midweek, and use positioning flights. I've paid as little as $2000/person for business class out of LAX when it was $5500 out of PHX, but I admit $3000 is more common a 'deal' price. As my friend points out, that's the same price as a cruise, so "why not suffer in exchange for another vacation?" My answer to him is because I don't want to suffer
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I've heard friends say the same thing - only on other people's money - but I can't go back. I don't think of it as a price differential, but the overall price. I shop for deals, fly midweek, and use positioning flights. I've paid as little as $2000/person for business class out of LAX when it was $5500 out of PHX, but I admit $3000 is more common a 'deal' price. As my friend points out, that's the same price as a cruise, so "why not suffer in exchange for another vacation?" My answer to him is because I don't want to suffer
And at least for me, suffering doesn't get me another vacation. It's PTO, not $$$, that is the limiting factor on how much I can travel for leisure. I wouldn't cross an ocean in Y if it were free (which these days it more or less is).
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