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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2022
(includinh LH/NH PlusPoints successes)

Consider posting:
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

For Reference:
PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2021
PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2020
GPU / PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2019
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2018
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2017
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2016
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2015

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Old Jul 9, 22, 9:30 am
  #46  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Programs: 1K MMiler, Hertz 5*
Posts: 588
  1. SYD-SFO
  2. 9/14
  3. V class
  4. Y-J
  5. 40 points
  6. 3 months
  7. Purchased 1 week prior to upgrade
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Old Jul 17, 22, 4:13 am
  #47  
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: middle of nowhere, formerly TYO/EWR
Programs: UA 1K
Posts: 205
I was very lucky, I had foot surgery a few weeks ago and was still non-weight bearing on my foot. I had a work trip to Europe and decided to still go there rather than mope around the office. I got the upgrade at the very last second, only person to get off the upgrade list!

1, SFO ->ZRH
2. 07/17/22
3. O Fare
4. O -> J
5. 30
6. Roughly two months
7. 10 minutes before boarding.
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Old Jul 19, 22, 10:33 am
  #48  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 91
Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
You +P numbers don't make sense, unless you have some sort of special deal Should be 80 from K+, 40 from W+ and 30 from R+
Sorry. I just took those point #s from my receipts. Maybe I had the original fare class incorrect - they almost all cleared at booking.
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Old Jul 23, 22, 5:03 pm
  #49  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: IAH/EWR-LGA/MIA
Programs: UA Global Services 2.9MM, Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador (Lifetime Titanium) Elite
Posts: 1,936
I’m sure my friend (#1 with my PPs) will clear, but at T-1:20, UA still waiting. Just think of the savings by avoiding giving my friend PL access, plus the chance that a couple of last-minute kettle check-ins could net an additional $600 in HODs!

EDIT: upgraded at gate, so it's:

IAH-FRA
July 23
Booked unknown
XN>J
PP Applied July 19
Cleared at gate


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Old Jul 23, 22, 6:01 pm
  #50  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Programs: DYKWIA, UA GS/2MM, But I'm a "Diamond Guest"
Posts: 2,100
Originally Posted by st530 View Post
Im sure my friend (#1 with my PPs) will clear, but at T-1:20, UA still waiting. Just think of the savings by avoiding giving my friend PL access, plus the chance that a couple of last-minute kettle check-ins could net an additional $600 in HODs!...
This is definitely what I've seen lately too when I've applied PP to friends' reservations: 4-5 seats fill during check-in, and they finish at the top of the waitlist. It definitely limits the value of these PP.
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Old Jul 23, 22, 7:25 pm
  #51  
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Join Date: Aug 2003
Programs: UA 1K 1MM (finally!), IHG AMB-Spire, HH Diamond
Posts: 58,868
SIN-SFO
21 July
R Fare (Prem Plus) purchased
Purchased End of March (3.5 months in advance)
2 1K, one no status on single PNR party of 3

Mine cleared 50 minutes before departure (47 of 48)
Spouse cleared 20 minutes before departure at gate, after final boarding call (48/48)
3rd passenger stayed in Prem Plus

Even as 1K buying Prem Plus, sweating these to the gate (or dying 1/2/3 on the WL as happened to me in the outbound) definitely makes the Plus Points seem less likely to be consumed before expiration

Thank goodness the aircraft wasnt swapped for a 2 class ghetto 789!
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Old Jul 25, 22, 7:14 pm
  #52  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: PBI / FLL / YUL
Programs: UA 1K, JetBlue Mosaic, Delta Gold, AA Gold, Marriott Plat, Hilton Diamond, Hyatt Courtesy Card
Posts: 1,980
1. Route: IAD-BCN
2. Date: 9 August 2022
3. Fare Class: A (Premium Plus)
4. O-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 22 Days
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 19 Days

First time I've ever cleared a PlusPoints upgrade - nice one to hit. The domestic connection has not cleared.
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Old Jul 25, 22, 7:58 pm
  #53  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: PHX
Programs: UA 1K, AA EXP, Hyatt Globalist, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Marriott Gold, Hertz PC, Avis PC
Posts: 141
1. Route: EWR-KEF
2. Date: 7/20
3. Fare Class: S
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80
6. PP applied on 4/13
7. Cleared at gate 1 hour before departure

Had some points to burn and applied them to a friends trip. Didnt think it would clear due to it being a 752, but it looks like a couple of J pax didnt show up for the flight.
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Old Jul 25, 22, 8:30 pm
  #54  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: ORD
Programs: UA 1K 1.4 MM, AA PLAT PRO 1MM
Posts: 529
1. ORD-BOS-LHR
2. Oct 4
3. Fare class: K
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80 x 2 people
6. ~ 11 weeks
7. BOS-LHR cleared at booking; ORD-BOS waitlisted (but that's fine)

1. LHR-IAD-ORD

2. Oct 11
3. Fare class: L
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80 x 2 people
6. ~ 12 weeks
7. LHR-IAD cleared at booking; IAD-ORD waitlisted (and that's fine, too)
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Old Jul 27, 22, 12:02 am
  #55  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Programs: UA-1k, 1mm, Marriott-LT Platinum, Hertz-Presidents Circle
Posts: 6,346
Been tardy on this.

1. FRA-ORD on Lufthansa
2. June 13
3. Fare class: D
4. J to F
5. # of PlusPoints: 40
6. Booked 2 months ahead
7. Cleared 2 weeks before departure from waitlist

1. ORD - FRA on Lufthansa

2. July 12
3. Fare class: C
4. J to F
5. # of PlusPoints: 40
6. Booked 3 months prior
7. Cleared 2 weeks after booking
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Old Jul 30, 22, 10:11 am
  #56  
 
Join Date: Jul 2022
Posts: 1
4 passengers on a single booking, booked in early June for August, one 1K passenger, 4x30 points for each flight, both cleared exactly 28 days before the flight

1. Route: EWR-NRT
2. Date: 08/07/22
3. Fare class: R
4. O-->J (R-PZ)
5. # of PlusPoints: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 2 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 28 days

1. Route: NRT-IAH
2. Date: 8/21/22
3. Fare class: R
4. O-->J (R-PZ)
5. # of PlusPoints: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 28 days
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Old Jul 30, 22, 10:50 am
  #57  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Programs: UA 1K, MM
Posts: 373
1. Route FRA-ORD
2. Date 25 August
3. Fare class R
4. O-J
5. # of PlusPoints 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased 8
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear 7

Given it's a heavily traveled route, I was surprised and pleased it cleared pretty far in advance.

**
Edit after flying: It actually went out with empty Polaris seats. Everyone waiting for an upgrade had cleared. (I'm not sure about Premium Economy seats/waitlist).

Last edited by lancelot21; Aug 31, 22 at 1:54 pm
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Old Jul 30, 22, 10:35 pm
  #58  
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 10
I was REALLY surprised by this one, scoring an upgrade on a cheap economy ticket 5 days in advance on SFO-FRA is something I thought was only possible during the deepest covid times.

1. Route: SFO-FRA

2. Date: 08/01/22
3. Fare class: L
4. Y-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~1 month
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 5 days
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Old Aug 25, 22, 11:57 am
  #59  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: AVP & PEK
Programs: UA 1K 1.6MM, Hertz PC
Posts: 4,748
I'm clearing upgrades all over the place. The only thing I kept an eye out for was to fly on the date or time with the most empty seats displayed in the seatmap. Booked Premium Economy, am a 1K (barely), and used PlusPoints:

August 19, EWR-LAX
August 30, SYD-SFO
September 6, EWR-BRU
September 11, LHR-EWR
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Old Aug 25, 22, 12:02 pm
  #60  
 
Join Date: May 2011
Programs: UA GS
Posts: 1,317
1. Route: LAX-EWR-ATH
2. Date: 08/25/22
3. Fare class: U
4. Y-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~3 month
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: At the gate LAX-EWR GS forced UG on the EWR-ATH segment one day prior
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