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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2021

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1. Route
2. Date
3. Fare class
4. Y-O, Y-J, O-J (O=PremiumPlus), J-F (for LH/NH)
5. # of PlusPoints
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear

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Old Aug 13, 20, 5:47 pm
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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2021

Spectacular PZ availability TATL into 2021. Rebooked my award tickets

Booked a K-class bulk fare BOS-ZRH-BRU-BOS for $730 with an OTA when UA was selling cheapest V-class fares for $1430. Saved $1400 on this and burned 320 of by 520 +Ps. A win in my books!

1. EWR-ZRH (2 pax)
2. 6/24/21
3. K
4. Y-J
5. # 160 total
6. 8/13/20
7. at booking (still PZ3 remaining)

1. BRU-IAD (2 pax)

2. 7/5/21
3. K
4. Y-J
5. # 160 total
6. 8/13/20
7. at booking (still PZ9 remaining)
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Last edited by cfischer; Aug 13, 20 at 6:00 pm
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Old Aug 14, 20, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
Spectacular PZ availability TATL into 2021. Rebooked my award tickets

Booked a K-class bulk fare BOS-ZRH-BRU-BOS for $730 with an OTA when UA was selling cheapest V-class fares for $1430. Saved $1400 on this and burned 320 of by 520 +Ps. A win in my books!

1. EWR-ZRH (2 pax)
2. 6/24/21
3. K
4. Y-J
5. # 160 total
6. 8/13/20
7. at booking (still PZ3 remaining)

1. BRU-IAD (2 pax)

2. 7/5/21
3. K
4. Y-J
5. # 160 total
6. 8/13/20
7. at booking (still PZ9 remaining)
a win win .... until there is a schedule change. When you want to work with the ticket, United will tell you to call the travel agency!
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Old Aug 14, 20, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
a win win .... until there is a schedule change. When you want to work with the ticket, United will tell you to call the travel agency!
True and good luck keeping the upgrades.

I booked a trip directly with UA, in Premium Plus (R and B fares), just to have it downgraded to a different itinerary on W.
One domestic segment didn't have PZ and agents refused to keep the upgrade even though it was an involuntary change.

In another thread I was told UA keeps the upgrades in case of involuntary changes but that's not my experience. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

Unrelated to the above but adding a PlusPoints upgrade request:

1. SFO-TPE
2. 1/29/21
3. W
4. Y-J
5. 40 total
6. 5/5/20
7. at booking

1. HKG-SFO
2. 2/6/21
3. W
4. Y-J
5. 40 total
6. 5/5/20
7. at booking

This was booked before the gone TPAC PZ in May.
I doubt these flights will be operated and will probably have to refund the whole thing because UA will refuse to honour the upgrades.

At this point I just want to burn all my PlusPoints on cheap K fares and be done with loyalty, it's just not worth it anymore.

Last edited by leoo; Aug 14, 20 at 10:30 am Reason: adding actual 2021 upgrade request
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Old Aug 14, 20, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
a win win .... until there is a schedule change. When you want to work with the ticket, United will tell you to call the travel agency!
this was booked to be pretty safe such that a schedule change would not cause any issues. But agreed, this can be a downside.
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Old Oct 24, 20, 9:48 am
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1. FRA-SFO
2. 6/26/21
3. L
4. Y-J
5. 80 total
6. 10/24/20
7. at booking

1. SFO-FRA
2. 7/04/21
3. L
4. Y-J
5. 80 total
6. 10/24/20
7. at booking
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Old Oct 25, 20, 12:18 pm
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1 SFO-FRA
2. 2021/01/31
3. R
4. O-J
5. 30
6. Booked ticket 2020-04-11
7. Cleared at Booking
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Old Jan 6, 21, 8:43 am
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Interesting that over the past few days, a number of TPAC bookings I made in late 2020 for summer and fall 2021 travel have upgraded W->PN using PlusPoints. Perhaps they turned on the advance upgrade process after what appears to be a long pause?
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Old Jan 6, 21, 10:02 am
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United has opened up PZ and IN spaces for TPac flights recently. See this thread.
TPAC upgrade space blocked?
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Old Jan 20, 21, 8:21 pm
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Had two pure UA flights cancelled, both PP-confirmed upgrades, needed to rebook four weeks later from original dates.
Flight 1: agent honors upgrade and all confirmed and email received!
Flight 2/different PNR and new phone call: refused to honor upgrade, only WL - oh well
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Old Jan 21, 21, 7:19 am
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I was able to get friends - neither with any status - upgraded on a crowded OGG (or is it OOG?) flight from DEN....
I have been lucky with comp upgrades - but unclear (I am sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but too lazy to search) what is higher priority PP or status or PP+status?

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Old Jan 21, 21, 9:40 am
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Got my entire family upgraded (4 ppl plus me) on ORD -> MSY a couple of weeks ago. Kids loved it.

ETA: just saw this is Polaris....oops.

Last edited by QB504; Jan 21, 21 at 9:45 am
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Old Jan 21, 21, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by mfirst View Post
... what is higher priority PP or status or PP+status? ...
GS status or GS PlusPoints beat all non-GS individuals
Plus Points beats all non-GS CPU
Inside each group, the traveler status and fare class prioritizes
Travelers on common PNR all have the high elite's status
Understanding the United Upgrade List Comprehensively
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Old Feb 27, 21, 12:06 pm
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IAH-GIG/GRU-IAH
March 17-21
W
Y to C
Purchased Feb 24
Both segments cleared at booking
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Old Feb 27, 21, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by st530 View Post
IAH-GIG/GRU-IAH
March 17-21
W
Y to C
Purchased Feb 24
Both segments cleared at booking
South America routes have plenty of upgrade spaces and low fares. I cannot use my PPs because I purchase cheap business fares on other airlines. For instance, I got the mistake fares on AA, JFK-GIG, for Dec 2021-Jan 2022.
[PREM FARE GONE] AA NYC-GIG business class (I) for $500

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Old Mar 23, 21, 2:54 pm
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PlusPoints not clearing in 2021?

What has your PlusPoint experience been in 2021?

None of my requested PlusPoints upgrades have cleared in 2021. I have flown 51 times with United in 2021.

Yesterday I was flying solo on a 788 IAD-SFO and was not upgraded with PlusPoints. I originally requested the upgrade weeks ago. This means that there were also zero CPUs. I am 1K.

Last week my wife and I were on a 752 LAX-IAH and neither got upgraded using Pluspoints.

During most of Covid I easily cleared with CPUs but in 2021 I do not even clear with PlusPoints.

Thoughts?
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