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EWR-HNL CPU chances? (not a CPU eligble route)

EWR-HNL CPU chances? (not a CPU eligble route)

Old Jan 6, 21, 9:49 pm
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EWR-HNL CPU chances? (not a CPU eligble route)

I'm finally back to gold status this year (used to many FF flights in the past). Wondering for anyone that has done this route, how successful you were with courtesy upgrades. I'm flying out on a Monday and back on a Friday in April
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Old Jan 6, 21, 9:54 pm
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Sorry to be bearer of bad news, but the only courtesy upgrades will be in the unlikely event of oversale. Otherwise they'll require your miles or money for any upgrades on that route.

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...l#region-chart
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Old Jan 6, 21, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by distrips View Post
I'm finally back to gold status this year (used to many FF flights in the past). Wondering for anyone that has done this route, how successful you were with courtesy upgrades. I'm flying out on a Monday and back on a Friday in April
There are no courtesy upgrades (CPU'S) on that route. You must use miles and money or PlusPoints to upgrade. If it's any consolation, the chances on a CPU upgrade for a Gold to Hawaii is pretty low even during these times and almost 0% pre-COVID. Sorry.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 9:55 pm
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The EWR HNL route does not qualify for complimentary upgrades. To upgrade for this route you will need to use Plus Points or miles (copay may apply).
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Old Jan 6, 21, 9:56 pm
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Thanks everyone. I forget that some routes don't qualify.

Originally Posted by fumje View Post
Sorry to be bearer of bad news, but the only courtesy upgrades will be in the unlikely event of oversale. Otherwise they'll require your miles or money for any upgrades on that route.

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...l#region-chart
Thanks...I good reminder I need to fly into SNA not LAX this year too!

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Old Jan 6, 21, 10:25 pm
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Thanks...I good reminder I need to fly into SNA not LAX this year too!
It's unlikely to matter. EWR-SNA is (again, in normal times) another of the toughest upgrades in the system.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by distrips View Post
...Wondering for anyone that has done this route, how successful you were with courtesy upgrades...
It's a route that is actually fairly difficult to upgrade with Plus Points or miles. As a Gold, in the past you'd typically be low in the upgrade queue. It remains to be seen how traffic (and front cabin demand) rebounds once the flight starts up again. Best chance for PP/mileage upgrades are going to be the off-days for travel to/from Hawaii which are typically Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Old Jan 7, 21, 12:52 am
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FWIW - it is possible to make this route CPUable, i.e. adding stops. But the biggest problem is as a UA Gold, the chance of upgrading a HNL route is practically slim to none. Even GS/1K may not get CPUed.

You want F? Pay is the only way.
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Old Jan 7, 21, 2:06 am
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Feb flights EWR-HNL were pulled today. Just like Jan. 😩
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Old Jan 7, 21, 2:09 am
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
FWIW - it is possible to make this route CPUable, i.e. adding stops. But the biggest problem is as a UA Gold, the chance of upgrading a HNL route is practically slim to none. Even GS/1K may not get CPUed.

You want F? Pay is the only way.
Multiple stops, to be clear. The only CPU-eligible routes to Hawaii originate from SFO and LAX, but the EWR-SFO/LAX transcons are not CPU eligible. So one would have to fly EWR-DEN/ORD/IAH-LAX/SFO-Hawaii to have a shot at CPUs for the entire itinerary. Whether any of those CPUs clear is a totally different story.
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Old Jan 7, 21, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by saccoNY View Post
Feb flights EWR-HNL were pulled today. Just like Jan. 😩
No surprise there. Not returning anytime soon.
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Old Jan 7, 21, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by ctownflyer View Post
No surprise there. Not returning anytime soon.
You can likely plot the schedule against the rolling 7-day infection rate as a placeholder for local restrictions.

I would not bother looking at April travel to HNL until 30 days out. Maybe the frequency is reinstated and maybe the pricing is decent.
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