Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > United Airlines | MileagePlus
Reload this Page >

How to get seated in PP section after dom aircraft swap

How to get seated in PP section after dom aircraft swap

Old Apr 20, 21, 12:27 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Programs: UA 1k, AA EXPLT, NZ GE, VA PLT Hyatt Diam, Marr Plat, HH Diam
Posts: 3,086
How to get seated in PP section after dom aircraft swap

Traveling on domestic midcon flight on a 788 thatís being sold as F and Y. Seat map showing as usual 2-class aircraft without PP. anticipate this flight will actually be flown using a reconfigured 3-class aircraft, but still sold as 2-class. Whatís the best strategy for assigning an E+ seat now that gets me into a PP seat? Assign a row 20-22 seat that automatically retains when the aircraft swap happens?
SFO_FT is offline  
Old Apr 20, 21, 1:48 pm
  #2  
Moderator: United Airlines; FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: SFO
Programs: UA Plat 1.85MM, Hyatt Discoverist, Marriott Plat/LT Gold, Hilton Silver, IHG Gold
Posts: 54,619
Best strategy to to select the seat after the aircraft has been assigned -- typically overnight (Chicago time) 2 full days in advance

Seat re-assign can be totally random, does not hurt to try but don't count on it.
WineCountryUA is offline  
Old Apr 20, 21, 1:55 pm
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Programs: UA 1k, AA EXPLT, NZ GE, VA PLT Hyatt Diam, Marr Plat, HH Diam
Posts: 3,086
So if I book, say 20A now, I might get bumped from this? What pax would be bumping me from that seat?
SFO_FT is offline  
Old Apr 20, 21, 2:02 pm
  #4  
Moderator: United Airlines; FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: SFO
Programs: UA Plat 1.85MM, Hyatt Discoverist, Marriott Plat/LT Gold, Hilton Silver, IHG Gold
Posts: 54,619
Originally Posted by SFO_FT View Post
So if I book, say 20A now, I might get bumped from this? What pax would be bumping me from that seat?
Seat re-assignment after an aircraft swap can be anything including semi-logical to completely random.
Often1 likes this.
WineCountryUA is offline  
Old Apr 20, 21, 2:15 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Programs: UA 1k, AA EXPLT, NZ GE, VA PLT Hyatt Diam, Marr Plat, HH Diam
Posts: 3,086
Sometimes unknowing, yes. Anyone with direct experience on this?
SFO_FT is offline  
Old Apr 20, 21, 6:02 pm
  #6  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SFO/SJC
Programs: UA Silver
Posts: 12,194
Originally Posted by SFO_FT View Post
Sometimes unknowing, yes. Anyone with direct experience on this?
yes. Seat assignments seem random.

I was booked on a non-PP 777 during transition from ORD-FRA on the way to BLR. I think we were in the middle section bulkhead. Swapped to a PP aircraft two days out, and was able to select PP seats. A day later, got swapped back to non-PP, and I think we somehow got swapped out of E+ completely. I mean, we were able to get back. E+.

also seen weird swaps on other configs. I think we swapped from a 3-3-3 777 on a domestic route to SFO to a 3-4-3, and even in a side section, my wifeís went from a window to an aisle or middle, and I went from aisle to window in a row or 2 ahead. I donít think thereís anyway to predict what a aircraft swap will do to seating.
emcampbe is offline  
Old Apr 21, 21, 12:06 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs: United 1K, Southwest Companion, Marriott Platinum Premier, National Executive
Posts: 31
In 2019, about 1/3-1/2 flights TPAC/TATL would get swapped to PP with AC swap. Always tried to get the first 3 rows behind J just in case
sabre1041 is offline  
Old Apr 21, 21, 8:58 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 6,772
For whatever it's worth, the couple of times I've had a PP aircraft assigned at the 3 day mark, I wound up reassigned to a PP seat despite having chosen the more rearward E+ rows. I think they may do some kind of status prioritisation, maybe for GS & 1K?, with these seats when swapping aircraft.
SPN Lifer likes this.
fumje is offline  
Old Apr 21, 21, 9:06 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: SFO, DAY
Programs: UA 1K MM, Marriott Platinum
Posts: 4,653
Originally Posted by SFO_FT View Post
Sometimes unknowing, yes. Anyone with direct experience on this?
I was seated in 16J on the non-Polaris 788 and got moved to 30J when the config changed . PP was completely full so I assume those previously seated in rows 20-22 got seated there. Not sure where rows 23-30 went.

Originally Posted by fumje View Post
For whatever it's worth, the couple of times I've had a PP aircraft assigned at the 3 day mark, I wound up reassigned to a PP seat despite having chosen the more rearward E+ rows. I think they may do some kind of status prioritisation, maybe for GS & 1K?, with these seats when swapping aircraft.
If there is, it's slapshot. I was #~9 on the upgrade list (so you can assume 1-8 were GS and other 1Ks with higher fares or waitlisted with points), and I wasn't re-seated in PP.
JAaronT is offline  
Old Apr 21, 21, 9:25 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 6,772
Originally Posted by JAaronT View Post
I was seated in 16J on the non-Polaris 788 and got moved to 30J when the config changed . PP was completely full so I assume those previously seated in rows 20-22 got seated there. Not sure where rows 23-30 went.


If there is, it's slapshot. I was #~9 on the upgrade list (so you can assume 1-8 were GS and other 1Ks with higher fares or waitlisted with points), and I wasn't re-seated in PP.
I guess I should clarify that I was referring to the reassignments when it goes from generic map to getting the tail assigned for the first time (which happens 3 days out from the flight). After a tail is assigned, if there is another swap, that always seems rather random to me, although I have gotten lucky there too.
JAaronT likes this.
fumje is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: