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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:
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GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2016
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2015

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Old Aug 25, 22, 12:44 pm
  #61  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: IAH, YYC
Programs: UA 1K
Posts: 661
1. Route: SYD-SFO
2. Date: 11/28/2022
3. Fare class: W
4. Y-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 40 (x2 people)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: Originally booked the direct SYD-IAH for that day. When I saw two mileage award seats available (but no PZ) on SYD-SFO, I took the risk and switched our flights to SYD-SFO-IAH. Upgrade cleared a day or so later
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Old Aug 25, 22, 2:38 pm
  #62  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Programs: UA 1K, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 4,236
Originally Posted by narvik View Post
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
Did any/all of these clear at booking into open PZ, or did you clear off the waitlist?
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Old Aug 25, 22, 3:15 pm
  #63  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: AVP & PEK
Programs: UA 1K 1.6MM, Hertz PC
Posts: 4,748
Originally Posted by dkc192 View Post
Did any/all of these clear at booking into open PZ, or did you clear off the waitlist?
The EWR-LAX cleared off waitlist. All others didn't clear at booking either, but all well before check-in.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 3:17 pm
  #64  
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: IAH
Programs: UA 1K
Posts: 555
1. Route: IAD-FRA
2. Date: 10/6/2022
3. Fare class: S
4. Y-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80 - could upfare for $400 and save 40 PlusPoints, but I'd rather have the cash
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 45 days
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking - flight was PZ3 / IN3 / I1
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Old Aug 25, 22, 4:02 pm
  #65  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 60
1. Route: EWR-NCE
2. Date: July 2022
3. Fare class: A
4. W-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 30 (x4 people)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 2 cleared 24 hours ahead, 2 cleared day of travel. We got super lucky.
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Old Aug 26, 22, 10:41 am
  #66  
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 1
PlusPoint Success for 6!

1. Route- MUC-ORD
2. Date- 20Aug2022
3. Fare Class- W
4. Y-J
5. # PlusPoints - 40 per person- 240 total
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased- 5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear- 24 hrs before departure they cleared

Sad that no upgrades on outbound BRU-ORD, but shocked that I got all 6 of me and family upgraded on the way home!
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Old Aug 28, 22, 11:55 am
  #67  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: DCA, IAD (not BWI if I can help it)
Programs: UA 1MM 1K, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Discoverist, status-free on AA, AS, B6, DL, WN, Amtrak, etc.
Posts: 1,402
1. IAD-ZRH
2. 8/29/2022
3. A
4. O-J
5. 30
6. Seven and a half weeks
7. 11 days

Flight status for UA 52 still shows multiple seats open in Premium Plus and Polaris, so maybe I did not need to spend that extra $200 over economy. OTOH, having the upgrade clear that early allowed me a good choice of odd-numbered window seats.
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Old Aug 28, 22, 4:13 pm
  #68  
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Programs: United Premier 1K
Posts: 1,224
Now I just need my upgrade TO LHR to clear!

1. Route: LHR-IAD
2. Date: Sept 24, 2022
3. Fare class: A
4. O-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 7 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 28 days
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Old Aug 28, 22, 7:32 pm
  #69  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: ORD
Programs: United Premier 1K , Marriot Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 64
Coming in late but Japan is currently off limits to most folks so I thought I should chime in. There was hardly anyone on the plane.
Being Platinum I think a Gold status with leftover points from 2 years ago could have got the upgrade.

1. Route: ORD-HND
2. Date: Aug 05, 2022
3. Fare class: Y
4. Y-->J
5. # of PlusPoints: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 4 weeks, it was same day that I booked.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 8:00 pm
  #70  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SFO-OAK-SJC
Programs: UA MM/1K; Marriott Au; Hyatt Dsc
Posts: 443
1. Route: SFO-SIN (UA1)
2. Date: 08/30/2022
3. Fare class: Purchased L, instant buy up to R
4. Y-O, Y-J, O-J (O=PremiumPlus), J-F (for LH/NH): L->R->PZ
5. # of PlusPoints: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 24 hours

But.... UA1 on 8/30/2022 was CX for MX :-( Never got to fly this.
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Old Sep 2, 22, 4:04 am
  #71  
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4
Originally Posted by narvik View Post
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
How far in advance was the purchase for the flights that cleared at booking?
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Old Sep 2, 22, 11:14 am
  #72  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: AVP & PEK
Programs: UA 1K 1.6MM, Hertz PC
Posts: 4,748
Originally Posted by bcontinental View Post
How far in advance was the purchase for the flights that cleared at booking?
Sorry, nothing cleared at booking.
All flights were bought a few weeks in advance.
The domestic upgrade cleared off waitlist, all others a few days to a week or so after booking.
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Old Sep 3, 22, 7:12 am
  #73  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NYC
Programs: BA Gold (GGL ext to May), UA 1K, DL PM
Posts: 523
1. EWR-LHR
2. Sept 8th
3. Q
4. Y-J
5. 40
6. 1 Month
7. 5 Days

Takes me to 0 PP again :-)
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Old Sep 5, 22, 8:39 am
  #74  
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Programs: UA Platinum, SPG Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 138
2 waitlisted upgrades for parents visiting. Both just cleared the outbound into PN space as we applied GS PP. Still no PZ space available

1. LHR-IAH

2. Nov 8

3. R

4. O->J

5. 30PP (total 60)

6. 7 months

7. 2 months

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Old Sep 6, 22, 10:32 am
  #75  
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: IAH
Programs: UA 1K
Posts: 555
1. Route: EWR-LHR
2. Date: 10/05/2022
3. Fare class: W
4. Y-O, Y-J, O-J (O=PremiumPlus), J-F (for LH/NH): W->PZ
5. # of PlusPoints: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking (PZ9!)
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