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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:15 am
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Premium Plus Seat Assignment unavailable

I booked a Premium Plus ticket for the flight from DEN-LHR. However, I was not able to actually get a seat assignment and the confirmation said the seat will be assigned later. I am not an experienced United flyer, so am concerned I will end up being downgraded. Should I be concerned?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:17 am
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No.

Oversales of PE usually result in upgrades instead, although most likely someone with status or a waitlisted upgrade will get it and you will be assigned their old seat. The bigger concern would be if they change the equipment to something without a PE cabin.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 9:57 am
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by samfaniam View Post
I booked a Premium Plus ticket for the flight from DEN-LHR. However, I was not able to actually get a seat assignment and the confirmation said the seat will be assigned later. I am not an experienced United flyer, so am concerned I will end up being downgraded. Should I be concerned?
Welcome to FT. Check available seat/s in Premium Plus daily, especially at 72, 48 and 24 hour mark. If still unsuccessful, most likely you will be assigned a PP seat at gate.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 3:36 pm
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To clarify what others are saying . . . United seems to be happy to oversell PremPlus so long as there's space available in Polaris into which it can upgrade some PremPlus passengers. And this makes some sense - some of those booked in PP likely are applying Plus points to upgrade to Polaris, and at worst United gives an elite a "free" upgrade to make space for you.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 3:40 pm
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To clarify what others are saying . . . United seems to be happy to oversell PremPlus so long as there's space available in Polaris into which it can upgrade some PremPlus passengers. And this makes some sense - some of those booked in PP likely are applying Plus points to upgrade to Polaris, and at worst United gives an elite a "free" upgrade to make space for you.
But it does mean that there's no way to know what type of P+ seat may come open -- aisle, window, or center/middle.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 4:19 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
But it does mean that there's no way to know what type of P+ seat may come open -- aisle, window, or center/middle.
Yep. Unless you know where the elites are sitting.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
But it does mean that there's no way to know what type of P+ seat may come open -- aisle, window, or center/middle.
Which is why one compulsively checks the seat map at least once daily so as to snag a desirable seat if one opens up.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:54 pm
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Originally Posted by 1kBill View Post
Which is why one compulsively checks the seat map at least once daily so as to snag a desirable seat if one opens up.
Or in my case, nearly Hourly
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:24 am
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Originally Posted by 1kBill View Post
Which is why one compulsively checks the seat map at least once daily so as to snag a desirable seat if one opens up.
FYI, ExpertFlyer's free mode includes seat alerts.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 2:56 pm
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If I'm a premier, does it make me less likely to be upgraded if I have a seat vs seatless? i.e will UA prioritize those without seats vs those applying instruments or by status?
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Old Jun 27, 22, 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce View Post
If I'm a premier, does it make me less likely to be upgraded if I have a seat vs seatless? i.e will UA prioritize those without seats vs those applying instruments or by status?
A lot missing here but supported upgrades will be processed first, op-ups last.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 3:10 pm
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A lot missing here but supported upgrades will be processed first, op-ups last.
I guess the question is really: for op-ups, how does UA determine who to upgrade first? obviously premiers first but is seat assignment a tie-breaker? i.e. Would selecting a seat increase/decrease my chance of being upgraded?
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Old Jun 27, 22, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce View Post
I guess the question is really: for op-ups, how does UA determine who to upgrade first? obviously premiers first but is seat assignment a tie-breaker? i.e. Would selecting a seat increase/decrease my chance of being upgraded?
Have never seen that as a factor. It could increase up chance of getting a middle seat if not upgraded.

Too little about the situation has been disclosed to make an informed guess.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by leftysauce View Post
I guess the question is really: for op-ups, how does UA determine who to upgrade first? obviously premiers first but is seat assignment a tie-breaker? i.e. Would selecting a seat increase/decrease my chance of being upgraded?
Status and fare class; lack of a seat assignment shouldn't matter.
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