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PlusPoints NON-Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2022

PlusPoints NON-Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2022

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Old Jun 18, 22, 8:07 pm
  #31  
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: SYR
Posts: 24
1. Route: HNL-SFO
2. Date: 6/19/22
3. Fare class: S
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 20
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3 days
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: about T-22

Originally booked on 9:20am HNL departure. 7:00am departure (UA372) switched to Polaris 772 from 738 the day before, so only 16/50 seats booked up front. SDCed just after check-in and soon got upgraded to F.

1. Route: ROC-ORD

2. Date: 7/8/22
3. Fare class: Q
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 20
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: Day after booking, noticed PZ2 opened up so canceled and reapplied PPs to clear upgrade.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 3:20 pm
  #32  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Programs: United 1K/*G, HHonors Platinum
Posts: 92
1. Route: LAX-IAH-MIA
2. Date: 6/15/22
3. Fare class: U
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 20
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 2 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at boarding

1. Route: MIA-DEN-LAX

2. Date: 6/19/22
3. Fare class: H
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 20
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 2 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at boarding

I was pleasantly surprised that all 4 legs were upgraded at gate (one just after having boarded). Took the 1st leg of the outbound myself and gave all remaining 3 legs to Ms. Selo. Another point: while at E+ seats on the last three legs, I used the "chits" from 3+ years ago for drinks, after my 1st drink/food as a 1K. I still have a bunch of these chits in case I fly in the main cabin in the future.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 5:22 pm
  #33  
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Location: PHX/SFO
Programs: AA EXP; AS 75K; WN A List; UA 1K 1MM; Hyatt Globalist; Marriott AMB; Hilton Diamond (Aspire)
Posts: 51,620
Silver GF listed #1 using my PlusPoints on SFO-PHX (T fare) and cleared at T-24. A couple weeks ago the advance purchares fares were all $200+, this one cost $114 just five days out.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 11:55 am
  #34  
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: ATL, MCO
Programs: UA 1K, DL Plat, AA Gold
Posts: 150
1. Route: IAH-ATL
2. Date: 7/24/22
3. Fare class: U
4. Y-F
5. # of PlusPoints: 20
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 1 month
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: At booking (was PZ2)

I also saw PZ9 on IAD-ATL this Friday.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 12:48 pm
  #35  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Programs: UA/CO
Posts: 29
Route: ORD - ABQ
Fare class: U
Flight date: 06/24/2022
Upgrade: U
# PlusPoints: 30
Booked: 4/22/2022
Upgraded: 06/15/2022
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Old Jul 9, 22, 10:17 am
  #36  
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 6
1. Route: EWR - OGG
2. Date: 9 July 2022
3. Fare class: Discounted economy
4. N/A
5. # of PlusPoints: 10 * 2
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~ one month
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: two hours
United First was pricing out between 699 and 999 per seat the last few days, but there were two PP seats at $250 each and plenty of open seats up front in the 767.

We were on two PNRs and I had already waitlisted all 40 PlusPoints on the return red-eye, so I enlisted some help.

First, I had the ladies at the United Club confirm the Polaris availability, then upgraded each reservation to PP in the app myself, and they applied ten PlusPoints each to confirm United First in 11A and 10D, and finally I asked the Twitter team to cancel the waitlist for next week since I don't have enough points to clear.

$250 and 10 PlusPoints each feels like a great deal on the original $710 r/t fare, and the availability on the way back is looking great as well.

(We also cleared CLE - EWR with CPUs, even though she's Silver and was tenth on the list. I cleared at check-in and she cleared a few hours later, last available seat. That's our first successful CPU this year, and I'm Platinum.)
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Old Jul 24, 22, 4:28 pm
  #37  
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Location: Durham, NC (RDU/GSO/CLT)
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Posts: 33,368
1. DTW-IAD
2. 8/17
3. L
4. Y-F
5. 20
6. Ticket bought 7/15
7. Upgrade cleared 7/20

1. IAD-RDU

2. 8/17
3. L
4. Y-F
5. 20
6. Ticket bought 7/15
7. Upgrade cleared at booking
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Old Jul 24, 22, 6:10 pm
  #38  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Programs: AS MVP Gold 75K, DL Platinum, UA 1K, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Titanium + LT Silver, Hertz PC
Posts: 6,741
Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
1. DTW-IAD
2. 8/17
3. L
4. Y-F
5. 20
6. Ticket bought 7/15
7. Upgrade cleared 7/20

1. IAD-RDU

2. 8/17
3. L
4. Y-F
5. 20
6. Ticket bought 7/15
7. Upgrade cleared at booking
Is this on one ticket and under 4 hrs? You should get 20 PP refunded.

You should get CPU anyway, but I would suggest flying nonstop on DL, cuts flying time by more than half.
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Old Jul 26, 22, 8:02 am
  #39  
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
Is this on one ticket and under 4 hrs? You should get 20 PP refunded.

You should get CPU anyway, but I would suggest flying nonstop on DL, cuts flying time by more than half.
It was 20 PP for both flights. Even after using these I still have something like 240 in my account.
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Old Aug 1, 22, 4:15 pm
  #40  
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: LAX
Programs: UA 1K MM; Bonvoy Titanium; most other FF programs...
Posts: 590
1. LAX-EWR (12:45p departure, which had the best upgrade odds it seemed at time of booking)
2. 2 Aug 2022
3. V
4. Y -> J
5. 20 PlusPoints
6. Purchased ticket 2 weeks prior
7. Cleared at Check-in (Was #4 on list with 12 seats avail; seems like they cleared about 10 of us)
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Old Aug 5, 22, 1:16 am
  #41  
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I've been burning mine on PHX-SFO. It's been working well lately, I suspect b/c people are saving them for longer flights. GF, a Silver, was #2 of 30 for tomorrow night's flight using PlusPoints, and cleared at the T-24 sweep. Applying PP typically puts her at 1 or 2 on the list. She has no chance without them, for me it's a crapshoot.

280 PP for 1K means 14 upgrades on this route, at a minimum fare differential of $149, so could say the minimum value is $2086.
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Old Aug 7, 22, 2:16 pm
  #42  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Our nation's capital
Programs: UA 1K & 0.6 MM
Posts: 718
1. IAD-ATL
2. 7 Aug 2022
3. T
4. Y -> J
5. 20 PlusPoints
6. Purchased ticket 4 weeks prior
7. Cleared at purchase

Meanwhile, the return is still waitlisted. Have over 250 PPs to burn, so am doing so on these rinky-dink flights since my attempts to use PPs on TATLs haven't cleared.
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Old Aug 7, 22, 2:40 pm
  #43  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: EWR
Programs: UA 1.6MM 1K, UC Lifetime , HHonors Diamond, Presidential Plus card holder
Posts: 526
not including our EWR-LHR Polaris success we have had one upgrade work out for us
EWR-PBI cleared at check-in
However, gifting to relatives has been quite good:
HNL-EWR was gifted to an in-law traveling with us. We paid for first.
EWR-MBJ gifted to relatives with all 3 upgraded
MBJ-EWR also gifted with all 3 upgraded
All cleared at check-in except the EWR-LHR flight cleared at T-7 days

Last edited by 8MiHi; Aug 7, 22 at 2:43 pm Reason: added clearance information
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Old Aug 13, 22, 4:26 pm
  #44  
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Location: IAD
Programs: UA 1K, HH Diamond, Supersonic (BA1Y, BA1223)
Posts: 107
Actually two successes leaving JAX yesterday.
Boss got moved from CXLd AA (JAX-CLT-CRW) to UA (JAX-ORD-CRW). I didnt think of it until last minute, but about 20 minutes before boarding, I loaded him up and he cleared #1 at check-in (3 available when I added +P).
I had to do a little work, and switch to a later flight (JAX-IAD), but cleared at booking T-4d. And re-qualed for 1K on the flight to boot.
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Old Aug 27, 22, 11:53 am
  #45  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NYC, FLL
Programs: UA 1K MM, Marriott Bonvoy LTTE, BA Silver
Posts: 5,519
1. EWR-LAX
2. 2 Sept 2022
3. W
4. Y -> J
5. 20 PlusPoints
6. Purchased ticket 3 days ago for the 8:30am, but shifted to the 6.30am 772 since PZ = 6
7. Cleared at (re)booking.
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