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If E+ access is purchased on award, will that impact cash upgrade to Premium Plus?

If E+ access is purchased on award, will that impact cash upgrade to Premium Plus?

Old Sep 18, 19, 7:01 pm
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If E+ access is purchased on award, will that impact cash upgrade to Premium Plus?

Quick Question - Quite specific:
I currently have an XN award economy ticket TYO - EWR on UA metal
I would LOVE to upgrade to Premium Plus Economy
My only 'status' is holding a United Explorer card

I imagine on such a long haul I have little chance up receiving a complimentary upgrade
Is there any upside to purchasing Economy Plus now?
I will try to purchase Premium Plus Economy once checked in - Would the price take in to account the difference for the economy plus seats?

Thanks all!
- J
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Old Sep 18, 19, 7:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Johhny5Alive View Post
Quick Question - Quite specific:
I currently have an XN award economy ticket TYO - EWR on UA metal
I would LOVE to upgrade to Premium Plus Economy
My only 'status' is holding a United Explorer card

I imagine on such a long haul I have little chance up receiving a complimentary upgrade
Is there any upside to purchasing Economy Plus now?
I will try to purchase Premium Plus Economy once checked in - Would the price take in to account the difference for the economy plus seats?

Thanks all!
- J
Nothing to do with Turkish Airlines. I've alerted the mods to transfer this post to the United MileagePlus forum.

However, I would answer your question

If you purchase EconomyPlus it won't matter as it would be your status and the number on the upgrade list that matters. I don't think that no status United credit cardholder passengers are automatically at the upgrade list unless they have requested a mileage upgrade. In your case, a mileage upgrade could not be requested as you're flying on an award ticket

I am also not sure about if you could upgrade to PremiumPlus by paying the fare difference at check-in ( at the airport ) on UA award tickets; however in regular cases if you purchased EconomyPlus and managed to upgrade yourself to PremiumPlus, the seat fee that you have paid for EconomyPlus would be refunded.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 7:17 pm
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Super helpful! Thank you!
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Old Sep 19, 19, 8:26 am
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Yes, purchasing E+ will have no effect on the possibility of a cash upgrade offer to PE (or its price). If you subsequently purchase an upgrade to PE, the E+ seating fee will be refunded.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 8:53 am
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I feel like the extra space 3 inches is worth the ~200 dollars for the 12 hour flight.
Right now I have booked the 56L/K (so quite nice to have a "private row" although close proximity to the bathrooms)

Pricing to upgrade to E+ is 189 and 199 for the two of use
I have heard pricing can fluctuate to as low at 129 (timing?)

Any thoughts on the value and watching the price?
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Old Sep 19, 19, 10:57 am
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The $129 will be for the non-exit rows and could be for the middle seats. The E+ prices tend to stay consistent and may change at check-in. If you havent purchased it yet, keep checking your reservation and it may offer you a "good" price for E+ seat or even a PP+ seat. But you also stand to see an increased price for E+ seat.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 11:05 am
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Personally, if I had one of the two-blocks in the back of a 777 booked with a companion, I would not pay anything for an E+ seat, and might even stay put if E+ were free (unless empty middles looked like a probable outcome). But I also would not fly Y on a 12-hour flight, so my advice is based on the likes of DEN-SFO or AKL-SYD and ymmv
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Old Oct 17, 19, 7:15 pm
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Update - Sprung for the extra miles given the 85% bonus on united purchases and upgraded to Business on an ANA 777 (too bad wont be the new suite though)
Thanks for everyone's help!
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