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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 Nov 15, 22, 7:51 pm
  #121  
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1. Route: SIN-SFO
2. Date: 11/16
3. Fare class: K (175 PQP for the segment)
4. Y -> O -> J
5. # of Plus Points: 80
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 24hrs for PY, gate for J
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Old Nov 16, 22, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by myperks View Post
1. Route: SFO-TPE
2. Date: 11/23
3. Fare class: R
4. O -> J
5. # of Plus Points: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 2 weeks *
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: within 24 of booking

* family members were waitlisted (on separate reservations) on a W fare since September. PN positive. Rebooked 2 into R when R opened up. cleared within 24 hours of rebooking in PZ while PN still positive. one person still in W did not clear, but it appears R opened up tonight so rebooked W into R. fingers crossed it will clear tomorrow.
Originally Posted by myperks View Post
cleared in the last hour or so after rebooking another reservation into R class last night when W class was waitlisted since September. Could just be a coincidence but seems like there is a mystery bucket for PremPlus fares into PZ when PN is positive (and no PZ)
I realize it may all be coincidence but that sure looks like PZ is being kept for OAR rather than OAR being processed before Y

Originally Posted by frappant View Post
For those who've been able to upgrade TATL from Premium Plus, can it be any PP fare, such as those returned on Google Flights?

Or should I be looking for Premium Plus fares of a specific class?

For next summer, it appears PP fares from SFO to Europe are about $2400-2500 and business class fares for the same routes and dates are $4100 plus or minus a couple hundred.

This is just looking on GF.
O>A>R in terms of ranking within Premium Plus.

As an FYI I am seeing OAL business less expensive than UA's Premium Plus fares but on the website for the airline rather than GF
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Old Nov 16, 22, 10:48 pm
  #123  
 
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Changed my sister's flight off NH-metal to UA-metal for the following.

1. Route: ORD-HND
2. Date: 12/9
3. Fare class: W (up-fared but still got a refund from the NH segment)
4. Y -> Y -> J
5. # of Plus Points: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3-4 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: At booking, PZ3
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Old Nov 17, 22, 2:30 pm
  #124  
 
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1. Route: SFO-PPT
2. Date: 12/16
3. Fare class: T
4. T -> RN -> PZ
5. # of Plus Points: 80
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~3.5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: ~1 month

RN was available at time of purchase and cleared immediately. I recently saw that PN=2, and was hoping for that to move to PZ for another upgrade bump (put in PP for both simultaneously). I have had very poor success with PPs this year, so happy to see this in particular.
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Old Nov 18, 22, 7:10 am
  #125  
 
Join Date: Feb 2022
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1. Route: AMS-EWR
2. Date: 3/7/2023 (does this go here?)
3. Fare class: plat on R fare
4. R-> PZ
5. # of plus points: 30
6. Ticket purchased ~5 months in advance
7. Upgrade cleared ~3 months in advance

Unfortunately this all happened when expert mode was missing from the website, so no detailed fare class info available.
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Old Nov 18, 22, 7:21 am
  #126  
 
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Originally Posted by angetenar View Post
1. Route: AMS-EWR
2. Date: 3/7/2023 (does this go here?)
3. Fare class: plat on R fare
4. R-> PZ
5. # of plus points: 30
6. Ticket purchased ~5 months in advance
7. Upgrade cleared ~3 months in advance

Unfortunately this all happened when expert mode was missing from the website, so no detailed fare class info available.
Use your App:
It is PN9, PZ5, and IN9. This means that you can cancel R class booking and rebook W class (40 PPs) or lower fare (80 PPs).
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Old Nov 18, 22, 7:57 am
  #127  
 
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Originally Posted by Kmxu View Post
Use your App:
It is PN9, PZ5, and IN9. This means that you can cancel R class booking and rebook W class (40 PPs) or lower fare (80 PPs).
This is the way. Also save some money in the process.
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Old Nov 18, 22, 9:53 am
  #128  
 
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
This is the way. Also save some money in the process.
I'm not my spending my money on this ticket, so *shrug*
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Old Nov 18, 22, 7:17 pm
  #129  
 
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Location: HNL
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1. Route: CHC-SFO one way fare.
2. Date: 6/18/2023
3. Fare class: W, $600. I had to book as multi-city CHC-AKL-SFO in order to get the W fare on the trans-oceanic.
4. W to R to PZ
5. # of plus points: 40x3
6. Ticket purchased 11/18/2022
7. Upgrade cleared: R instantly, then 2 tickets cleared PZ within 5 minutes after booking, third ticket cleared in less than 24 hours

There is a TON of 80K biz award availability between SFO and AKL right now, beginning in March and running through northern hemisphere summer. Nonetheless, I opted to purchase economy and upgrade. Interestingly, availability at time of booking was RN=2, IN=9 and PN=9, while PZ=0


I needed three tickets total , so I first booked two and confirmed the immediate upgrade to RN.
Then I purchased the third ticket, and went to waitlist the upgrade... but by the time I got there RN was available once again! - because it turned out United had already processed the first two tickets from RN to PZ. Considering I was about to pay $2200 per ticket to fly NZ biz, a great value for pluspoints today!
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Old Nov 19, 22, 2:17 am
  #130  
 
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1. Route: LAX-SYD
2. Date: 11/19
3. Fare class: W
4. Y-J
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: purchased months ago but only processed the SDC at T-32 or so
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: cleared at T-24.
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Old Nov 19, 22, 6:27 am
  #131  
 
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Posts: 9,475
1. Route: EWR-Europe
2. Date: Nov 2022
3. Fare class: V
4. Y-> PZ
5. # of plus points: 40
6. Ticket purchased: ~6 weeks in advance
7. Upgrade cleared: T-23:30
Comments: this one really frustrated me. The cabin wasn't selling well (based on inventory and seat map) yet UA refused to release any PZ ahead of time. I went from #2 to #4 on the list within a week of the flight. Whenever anybody bought a seat P went down 1; within 24 hours it would go back up 2. UA was playing with P the whole time but refused upgrades on a 763 with no PY cabin. At T-24h flight was J9P8PN0 and they cleared down to J3.



1. Route: LHR-EWR
2. Date: Nov 2022
3. Fare class: L
4. Y -> PZ
5. # of plus points: 80
6. Ticket purchased: 6 weeks in advance
7. Upgrade cleared: 5 weeks in advance
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Old Nov 22, 22, 7:14 am
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1. ORD-HND
2. 5 Dec 2022
3. Q
4. Y-J
5. 40
6. 6w
7. 13d
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Old Nov 23, 22, 10:15 pm
  #133  
 
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Incidentally (maybe to break out into another thread) -- when did United agents start getting visibility into the upgrade waitlist? I was shocked when I called in a few weeks back and was actually told my waitlist position. New since COVID....
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Old Nov 24, 22, 12:25 am
  #134  
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Originally Posted by JeredF View Post
Incidentally (maybe to break out into another thread) -- when did United agents start getting visibility into the upgrade waitlist? I was shocked when I called in a few weeks back and was actually told my waitlist position. New since COVID....
They have always had that access but had been coached not to reveal that information as it can change. Some newer agents may not have been coached or are not following that policy.
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