Upgrades and social distancing?

Old Apr 4, 2020, 2:46 pm
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Upgrades and social distancing?

Taking a flight to LAX on Monday and my upgrade on a 737 already cleared. Right now half the business class are taken about 1 person each row. I see quite a few people on the upgrade list and was wondering how that will work when social distancing is being implemented. I remember reading how people within 2 rows of you are in the infection zone.

Will United clear those and give them business class seats and if someone doesn't feel comfortable sitting next to someone they can just get up and move back? Or will United just not clear that many seats?
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by LReyes66
Will United clear those and give them business class seats and if someone doesn't feel comfortable sitting next to someone they can just get up and move back? Or will United just not clear that many seats?
They'll clear people and leave it up to the passengers to spread out.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 3:06 pm
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Upgrade and socail distancing?

On my flight this past week this was not practiced. As I was the only person on a paid upgrade (everyone else on the upgrade list were upgraded) that they sat someone next to me. I was rather shocked and when I questioned the FA she said that I could move back to this empty flight but would not be reimbursed for my payment to First or pay for the whole row ? Disappointed !!
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by rtaka
On my flight this past week this was not practiced. As I was the only person on a paid upgrade (everyone else on the upgrade list were upgraded) that they sat someone next to me. I was rather shocked and when I questioned the FA she said that I could move back to this empty flight but would not be reimbursed for my payment to First or pay for the whole row ? Disappointed !!
As they cut down the number of routes, it's scary to see how many people will be on this flight.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by rtaka
On my flight this past week this was not practiced. As I was the only person on a paid upgrade (everyone else on the upgrade list were upgraded) that they sat someone next to me. I was rather shocked and when I questioned the FA she said that I could move back to this empty flight but would not be reimbursed for my payment to First or pay for the whole row ? Disappointed !!
wait, so you blame UA for this? Funny. You expect UA to not only offer a cheap upgrade but give you 2 for the price of 1? If you want two seats and an entire row then you book that ... it's simple.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 5:33 pm
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Originally Posted by rtaka
On my flight this past week this was not practiced. As I was the only person on a paid upgrade (everyone else on the upgrade list were upgraded) that they sat someone next to me. I was rather shocked and when I questioned the FA she said that I could move back to this empty flight but would not be reimbursed for my payment to First or pay for the whole row ? Disappointed !!
Can you point to a rule or regulation that prohibits any and every seat on the airplane from be filled???? You paid for a F seat not two. If you don't want someone sitting next to you, United will let you purchase the adjacent one.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 5:42 pm
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Honestly, outside of the psychological effect, I heard a very long time ago that on a wide body, it only takes 2 hours for everybody to get in contact with a respiratory virus if someone infected is in the plane
It does not necessarily mean that everybody will get ill, but for sure you get in contact in a way....
more recent experiment here:

Bring your own mask and eat and drink before the flight

Be safe all
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 5:51 pm
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wait, so you blame UA for this? Funny. You expect UA to not only offer a cheap upgrade but give you 2 for the price of 1? If you want two seats and an entire row then you book that ... it's simple.
What UA should have done was limit the number of free upgrades to allow enough distance from paid upgraders.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 5:57 pm
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With limited service in F and planes going out almost empty...the last thing I would recommend right now is paying anything extra for a seat in F.

Save the money, grab an entire row in Y, and call it a day.

Alaska has started limiting the number of F seats available for distancing. Its possible United may do that at some point, but I wouldnt expect it unless they explicitly say they are doing so ahead of time.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 6:54 pm
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All passengers are voluntarily flying and therefore must accept that they will be seated next to someone. It's simple - if you don't accept it, don't fly.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 7:10 pm
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I recently flew LAX-SFO in first on an a320. There were 12 on the upgrade list but I still had an empty seat next to me. Turns out there were a handful of flight crew commuting in first with about three upgraded passengers.

Also went to the LAX United Club, I was literally the only customer in there and this was in the afternoon. Never seen anything like it.
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman
They'll clear people and leave it up to the passengers to spread out.
judging by the arms of my seatmate they already do
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by davie355
What UA should have done was limit the number of free upgrades to allow enough distance from paid upgraders.
hell no. A free upgrader may be the much much better customer for UA and may have paid a lot more for the ticket in the first place. What's next ... I am flying with my $12k last minute full J ticket and I demand that I have the entire cabin to myself? Ridiculous thought.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 7:34 pm
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Originally Posted by davie355
What UA should have done was limit the number of free upgrades to allow enough distance from paid upgraders.
Seems like the better answer is that UA should stop selling paid upgrades. Premiers understand they are entitled to one seat.
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Old Apr 4, 2020, 8:26 pm
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If one wanted to abide by social distancing rules, one could seat a passenger in every second window and that's it. Leaving an empty seat doesn't cut it and should not provide any false sense of security. In a 4-row F cabin, there would be 4 passengers, each of the 4 windows in Rows 1 & 4, with the bulkhead in Y blocked as well.
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