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Old Mar 13, 22, 12:00 pm
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The 787 I'm looking at (787-9) has Polaris seats. I've only ever flown on the Polaris 777s seats, so that's the point of reference I was looking to compare. I have heard about the cabin pressurization on the Dreamliner, but it doesn't sound like there's enough of a difference to warrant shelling out cash for the Y ticket. Still going back and forth on that. Thanks for the help.
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Old Mar 15, 22, 12:47 am
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Does anyone else notice the updates on the United app or know how to get rid of flights from the "flight status" tab that arent yours. Previously this used to not happen but these last few days, any flight that i look up the status for (relatives or co workers flights) it now gets added to the "flight status" tab under "my flights" and its mixing in with flights that I am actually flying so does anyone know how to get rid of them beyond waiting a few days past when they disappear? Thanks!
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Old Mar 18, 22, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by flyingrohit View Post
Does anyone else notice the updates on the United app or know how to get rid of flights from the "flight status" tab that arent yours. Previously this used to not happen but these last few days, any flight that i look up the status for (relatives or co workers flights) it now gets added to the "flight status" tab under "my flights" and its mixing in with flights that I am actually flying so does anyone know how to get rid of them beyond waiting a few days past when they disappear? Thanks!
I started seeing that this week. Mine vanished after two or three days, so there seems to be an "expiry" time on the flights you look up.
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Old Mar 18, 22, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by flyingrohit View Post
Does anyone else notice the updates on the United app or know how to get rid of flights from the "flight status" tab that arent yours. Previously this used to not happen but these last few days, any flight that i look up the status for (relatives or co workers flights) it now gets added to the "flight status" tab under "my flights" and its mixing in with flights that I am actually flying so does anyone know how to get rid of them beyond waiting a few days past when they disappear? Thanks!
Originally Posted by VRFast View Post
I started seeing that this week. Mine vanished after two or three days, so there seems to be an "expiry" time on the flights you look up.
It seems they fixed this. Flight status in the app was adding every flight looked up to "my flights" earlier this week, but it's not doing so now.
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Old Mar 19, 22, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by BusinessCasualSport View Post
What's the difference in the lie-flat seats/cabin experience between a 777 and 787 Dreamliner? Have the chance to fly the Dreamliner but the dollar cost of the ticket is very high. So I am not sure if I should use miles to book Y or $+plus points to try and get the lie flat. It's a domestic flight so don't want to buy business class using miles. If there's no big difference, I may just buy a Y award ticket. Thanks in advance.
The difference in cabin pressurization between a 787 and other aircraft is unlikely to be noticed and not worth additional cost for most people. The difference between various lie-flat seats is unlikely to be significant and not worth additional cost for most people. The difference between a lay-flat seat and a non-lay-flat seat is very significant and very often worth additional cost.

Kinda like the difference between TaylorMade/Titleist/Callaway golf clubs, Wilson/Head/Prince/Dunlop tennis racquets and Rosignol/K2/Atomic/Volant/etc. skis. Different manufacturer will only make a difference to most accomplished discerning users, but everyone would notice the difference between a driver and a 7 iron.
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Old Mar 19, 22, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr Jabadski View Post
everyone would notice the difference between a driver and a 7 iron.
There's a difference?
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Old Mar 19, 22, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
There's a difference?
Not to me. Neither one goes very far and both go almost opposite the intended direction .
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Old Mar 21, 22, 6:09 am
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Just done a last minute cash booking in United Polaris Business from DUB - SFO via LHR. Looking at my transit times, I'll not have time to hit any lounges at LHR as its a 90 min transit, but when I get to SFO I have up to 4hrs before I take an internal on a LCC, on a completely different booking/PNR.

I'm aware that I will have to exit customs and recheck my bag, but will I still be able to access the Polaris lounge at SFO? The way I read the access rules was that I would be able to on production of my DUB-SFO boarding pass but wanted to make sure, if anyone has any previous experience that they could advise?
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Old Mar 21, 22, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by sharplea View Post
Just done a last minute cash booking in United Polaris Business from DUB - SFO via LHR. Looking at my transit times, I'll not have time to hit any lounges at LHR as its a 90 min transit, but when I get to SFO I have up to 4hrs before I take an internal on a LCC, on a completely different booking/PNR.

I'm aware that I will have to exit customs and recheck my bag, but will I still be able to access the Polaris lounge at SFO? The way I read the access rules was that I would be able to on production of my DUB-SFO boarding pass but wanted to make sure, if anyone has any previous experience that they could advise?
If you can access the air side area where the Polaris Lounge is located, then yes, your BP for LHR->SFO will get you access.
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Old Mar 21, 22, 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by sharplea View Post
Just done a last minute cash booking in United Polaris Business from DUB - SFO via LHR. Looking at my transit times, I'll not have time to hit any lounges at LHR as its a 90 min transit, but when I get to SFO I have up to 4hrs before I take an internal on a LCC, on a completely different booking/PNR.

I'm aware that I will have to exit customs and recheck my bag, but will I still be able to access the Polaris lounge at SFO? The way I read the access rules was that I would be able to on production of my DUB-SFO boarding pass but wanted to make sure, if anyone has any previous experience that they could advise?
Who are you flying with from DUB to LHR? Surely it's not United. 90 mins is plenty of time for lounge visit. I have done lounge visits 5 mins prior to departure.
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Old Mar 21, 22, 10:15 am
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I see that United makes it very difficult to transfer Miles between people but is there any sort of exception if it's between spouses? Thanks.
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Old Mar 21, 22, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by rbakker View Post
I see that United makes it very difficult to transfer Miles between people but is there any sort of exception if it's between spouses? Thanks.
No exceptions except after death of the member.
It is easy to transfer miles, just costly.
There are ways to avoid transferring, see Short miles for award, What about transferring from another account? Alternatives?
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Old Mar 21, 22, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
If you can access the air side area where the Polaris Lounge is located, then yes, your BP for LHR->SFO will get you access.
Excellent, thank you. That was my understanding but wanted to be 100% sure. Will definitely be going back airside as flying WN SFO>LAS.

Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
Who are you flying with from DUB to LHR? Surely it's not United. 90 mins is plenty of time for lounge visit. I have done lounge visits 5 mins prior to departure.
Aer Lingus, but I am a disabled traveller with wheelchair support and am expecting the ground staff at LHR to take me straight to the gate.
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Old Mar 21, 22, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by sharplea View Post
Excellent, thank you. That was my understanding but wanted to be 100% sure. Will definitely be going back airside as flying WN SFO>LAS..
WN Operates from T1 at SFO, and the Polaris lounge is in International G. There is no airside connector between those two terminals. So you would have to clear security twice, and it is a long ways from G to T1.
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Old Mar 22, 22, 7:19 am
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Cancel one person on three person award ticket be dropped?

I recently booked a three person award international ticket for Dec under one reservation record. Since one person may not be able to go and we may need to cancel one seat before the trip in Nov, I called United to see if they can split the award reservation into two reservations. The ticket agent said that one person can always be dropped and miles returned. Just want to double check. I would hate to be stuck in Nov that I will have to cancel three seat reservation all together but then award seats for two will not be available at the same low mile number and be forced to book more expensive seats. Please advise. Thanks!
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