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The way of the Dodo? - 1K upgrades, PP or CPU

Old Dec 28, 2022, 2:56 pm
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What time of the year did you get SFO-SYD?

From Premium Econ?
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Old Dec 28, 2022, 5:06 pm
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2022 upgrades

Also had a good year using my Plus Points accumulated in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
All cleared at booking except for the Dec ORD-GRU. I usually only book if PZ>0 or at least RN>0, don't like playing the upgrade lottery.
  • Jan : GRU-IAH (30) R->PZ
  • Feb : IAD-ZRH (40) W->PZ
  • Feb : ZRH-IAD (40) W->PZ
  • Mar : IAH-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Apr : GRU-ORD (80) K->PZ
  • Apr : EWR-GVA (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : GVA-EWR (80) K->PZ
  • Apr : IAD-GRU (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • May : IAH-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Jun : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • Jul : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Jul : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • Aug : SFO-SIN (80) K->PZ
  • Aug : SIN-SFO (20) K->RN
  • Oct : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Oct : GRU-EWR (30) R->PZ
  • Nov : LAX-NRT (80) K->PZ
  • Nov : SIN-SFO (20) K->RN
  • Dec : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ

To Polaris : 18/20 = 90%
To at least Premium Plus : 20/20 = 100%

Also cleared these domestic segments:
  • Jan : IAH-DEN : B->PN
  • Jan : DEN-YYC : B->PN
  • Feb : YYC-DEN : K->PZ
  • Feb : EWR-IAD : K->PZ
  • Feb : IAD-DEN : B->PN
  • Feb : DEN-YYC : B->PN
  • Mar : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Mar : DEN-IAH : B->PN
  • Apr : ORD-EWR : K->PZ
  • Apr : EWR-IAD : K->PZ
  • Apr : ORD-IAH : B->PN
  • Apr : IAH-YYC : B->PN
  • May : YYC-IAH : K->PZ
  • May : IAH-AUS : K->PZ
  • May : LAX-IAH : B->PN
  • Jun : ORD-LAX : B->PN
  • Jun : LAX-IAH : B->PN
  • Jul : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Jul : DEN-ORD : B->PN
  • Jul : ORD-DEN : B->PN
  • Aug : YYC-SFO : K->PZ
  • Oct : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Oct : DEN-IAH : B->PN
  • Oct : IAH-ORD : B->PN
  • Oct : LAX-ORD : K->PZ
  • Dec : YYC-IAH : B->PN
  • Dec : IAH-ORD : B->PN

27/39 = 69%
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Old Dec 28, 2022, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by leoo
Also had a good year using my Plus Points accumulated in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
All cleared at booking except for the Dec ORD-GRU. I usually only book if PZ>0 or at least RN>0, don't like playing the upgrade lottery.
  • Jan : GRU-IAH (30) R->PZ
  • Feb : IAD-ZRH (40) W->PZ
  • Feb : ZRH-IAD (40) W->PZ
  • Mar : IAH-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Apr : GRU-ORD (80) K->PZ
  • Apr : EWR-GVA (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : GVA-EWR (80) K->PZ
  • Apr : IAD-GRU (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • May : IAH-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Jun : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • Jul : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Jul : GRU-ORD (30) R->PZ
  • Aug : SFO-SIN (80) K->PZ
  • Aug : SIN-SFO (20) K->RN
  • Oct : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ
  • Oct : GRU-EWR (30) R->PZ
  • Nov : LAX-NRT (80) K->PZ
  • Nov : SIN-SFO (20) K->RN
  • Dec : ORD-GRU (30) R->PZ

To Polaris : 18/20 = 90%
To at least Premium Plus : 20/20 = 100%

Also cleared these domestic segments:
  • Jan : IAH-DEN : B->PN
  • Jan : DEN-YYC : B->PN
  • Feb : YYC-DEN : K->PZ
  • Feb : EWR-IAD : K->PZ
  • Feb : IAD-DEN : B->PN
  • Feb : DEN-YYC : B->PN
  • Mar : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Mar : DEN-IAH : B->PN
  • Apr : ORD-EWR : K->PZ
  • Apr : EWR-IAD : K->PZ
  • Apr : ORD-IAH : B->PN
  • Apr : IAH-YYC : B->PN
  • May : YYC-IAH : K->PZ
  • May : IAH-AUS : K->PZ
  • May : LAX-IAH : B->PN
  • Jun : ORD-LAX : B->PN
  • Jun : LAX-IAH : B->PN
  • Jul : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Jul : DEN-ORD : B->PN
  • Jul : ORD-DEN : B->PN
  • Aug : YYC-SFO : K->PZ
  • Oct : YYC-DEN : B->PN
  • Oct : DEN-IAH : B->PN
  • Oct : IAH-ORD : B->PN
  • Oct : LAX-ORD : K->PZ
  • Dec : YYC-IAH : B->PN
  • Dec : IAH-ORD : B->PN

27/39 = 69%

Impressive record.

I see
  • Apr : EWR-GVA (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : IAD-GRU (00) K->PZ
Zero points? Free upgrades?
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Old Dec 28, 2022, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by kb1992
Impressive record.

I see
  • Apr : EWR-GVA (00) K->PZ
  • Apr : IAD-GRU (00) K->PZ
Zero points? Free upgrades?
Counted elsewhere.
Itinerary was GRU-ORD-EWR-GVA and GVA-EWR-IAD-GRU so I spent 80 PP each way.
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Old Dec 28, 2022, 11:06 pm
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Dec 2022: HNL-LAX 20 +Ps at T-24. I was #3 with 9 available on the 757-300, W -> PZ.
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Old Dec 29, 2022, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by frappant
What time of the year did you get SFO-SYD?

From Premium Econ?
Yes from PE in Mid-August
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Old Dec 29, 2022, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by zombietooth
Were you able to snag an UG on your flight?
Apologies just saw this. No on SAN-IAD, yes IAD-ORF (CPU).

Did get upgraded LAX-SYD (R-->PZ) in early December. Also, have been upgraded SYD-LAX (T-->PZ) next month.

All my USA-->SYD (and return) flights were upgraded in 2022 as was my USA-->MAD (and return) flight. My December flight to SYD was the determining flight to go for 1K in 2023 for 2024 (it was a nailbiter on the last upgrade). I want 1K for the international uphrades. 100% in 2022 for international upgrades. 1K for 2023 and looking forward to using all my PlusPoints again on international flights. Rarely got CPUs on domestic flights - not a key decision factor for me but they do happen on short hops.
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Old Dec 29, 2022, 8:28 am
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IAH-LIM-IAH on Dec 29/30 was PZ8 on both legs when I booked two days ago.
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Old Dec 29, 2022, 10:23 am
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Got a CPU upgrade at the gate on Friday Dec. 23. IAD to ATL. It looked like it was because of people missing their flight that day due to all the bad weather.
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Old Dec 29, 2022, 5:09 pm
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I stopped playing the PP, CPU, and status game. I just pick my flights around open FC seats and pay for the upgrade.
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Old Jan 8, 2023, 7:10 am
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I think that I cleared IAH-LIM (June) at booking, EWR-LIS and MAD-EWR (flight cancelled; took AA back in economy) last year. The rest of PPs were given to colleagues and friends. I used miles for a trip to Italy (IN) and another trip to NZ (JN; 60K one way). My PP balance is zero and I won’t see my new PP deposit until the end of the month.

Last edited by Kmxu; Jan 8, 2023 at 9:53 am
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Old Jan 9, 2023, 10:52 pm
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PZ to Japan?

Is anybody seeing (or clearing into) any PZ space to NRT/HND in the next few months? I am finding some reasonable J-fares to Japan on other carriers (none on UA), but would still like to use some of my PPs so that they don't expire worthless.
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Old Jan 10, 2023, 8:04 am
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Originally Posted by zombietooth
Is anybody seeing (or clearing into) any PZ space to NRT/HND in the next few months? I am finding some reasonable J-fares to Japan on other carriers (none on UA), but would still like to use some of my PPs so that they don't expire worthless.
Availability is scattered, but exists. Over the next 29 days there are 11 flights with PZ availability from SFO (at time of search):


Code:
2023-01-15
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UA 875 SFO-HND 2023-01-15 10:35
Business Awards: PN8 PZ1

2023-01-16
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UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-16 10:40
Business Awards: PN8 PZ6 IN4 I4

2023-01-18
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UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-18 10:40
Business Awards: PN9 PZ6 IN3 I3

2023-01-19
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-19 10:40
Business Awards: I1 PN7 PZ4 IN1

2023-01-20
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-20 10:40
Business Awards: PN4 PZ2

2023-01-23
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-23 10:40
Business Awards: PN5 PZ3 IN1 I1

2023-01-24
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-24 10:40
Business Awards: PN9 PZ4 IN2 I2

2023-01-25
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-25 10:40
Business Awards: PN9 PZ3

2023-01-26
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-01-26 10:40
Business Awards: PN8 PZ3

2023-02-02
==========
UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-02-02 10:40
Business Awards: PN9 PZ2

2023-02-06
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UA 837 SFO-NRT 2023-02-06 10:40
Business Awards: PZ1 PN4
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Old Jan 10, 2023, 8:42 am
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Most of my international PP upgrades cleared last year, but only if I'm already in premium economy. Biggest factor against 1K upgrades is the ability for GS friends and family, even on the cheapest fare on the plane, to trump you.

United should revamp GS ability to confer PN clearance space on people they're not traveling with.
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Old Jan 10, 2023, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by Doppy
Most of my international PP upgrades cleared last year, but only if I'm already in premium economy. Biggest factor against 1K upgrades is the ability for GS friends and family, even on the cheapest fare on the plane, to trump you.

United should revamp GS ability to confer PN clearance space on people they're not traveling with.
Yes. I agree. GSs with GSs PP clear to ZN, non-GSs with GSs PP and 1Ks with PP clear to PN. Non-1Ks with 1Ks PP and the rest clear to PZ.
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