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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2023

Old Jul 8, 2022, 5:27 pm
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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2023
(including 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 2022

PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2021
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GPU / PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2019
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2018
GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2017
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GPU upgrade SUCCESS 2015

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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2023

Old Jul 8, 2022, 5:22 pm
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PlusPoints Polaris flight upgrade SUCCESS 2023

Always great to start the new thread with LH First upgrades ... 2 of them

1. Route: BOS-MUC on Lufthansa
2. Date: 3/17
3. Fare class: D
4. J-F
5. # of Plus Points: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 8 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 3 days after purchasing

1. Route: MUC-BOS on Lufthansa

2. Date: 3/23
3. Fare class: D
4. J-F
5. # of Plus Points: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 8 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 3 days after purchasing
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Old Jul 8, 2022, 9:41 pm
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Old Jul 8, 2022, 10:36 pm
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1. Route: ORD-HND; HND-ORD for 2 PAX
2. Date: 5/4; 5/16
3. Fare class: W
4. Y-J
5. # of Plus Points: 40 (160 total)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 10 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking
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Old Aug 8, 2022, 10:13 am
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Old Sep 11, 2022, 7:50 am
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1. Route: MUC-JFK on Lufthansa; 2 pax!
2. Date: 1/2/23
3. Fare class: D
4. J-F
5. # of Plus Points: 40 each
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 3 days after purchasing
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Old Sep 11, 2022, 8:06 am
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Originally Posted by marks88
1. Route: IAH-NRT
2. Date: 11/7
3. Fare class: S (could upfare for $100 to fare requiring only 40 PlusPoints, but I doubt I will use my last 40 PlusPoints anyways.
4. Y-J
5. # of Plus Points: 80 (1 pax, 1 way)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 3 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking.

Lots of availability to Tokyo (ex: LAX-HND showing PZ4). Other than that, I see nothing. I will get briefly excited to see partial availability on the website, just to see nada for TATL flights (for ex) and then EWR-ATL or EWR-IAD :|
This flight is not in 2023. There is a similar thread for 2022.
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Old Oct 3, 2022, 9:56 pm
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1. Route: UA LAX-HND (2 pax)
2. Date: 3/11
3. Fare class: G
4. Y-O
5. # of Plus Points: 20x2
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 5 months
7.How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear:a couple of hours after ticketing, once I thought to look

So I made a push to make Platinum this year and received the 40 PlusPoints, which I have been unable to use (much like everyone else). We go on one international trip/year ("Spring Break"), but in 2022 we want to BCN and there wasn't Premium Economy on that route. (We had been trying to go to return to Japan to visit Osaka/Kyoto for the past three years, but obviously haven't been able to get in.) We were looking at a couple of different destinations in Asia for next Spring Break, including Osaka again, but finally decided to book Tokyo this afternoon for a variety of reasons (including making better use of my Marriott Platinum status, which I just squeaked out again this year) and booked a pair in E- in the back of the 789. Wasn't a deal, but usually we have our Spring Break booked by now, but have been unable to find a deal anywhere we want to go on UA metal for our very specific dates.

Anyway, decided to play around with the Upgrades tab to see what the various options were this evening and I finally noticed that PlusPoints were confirmable for Premium Economy on the HND-LAX redeye return. Since my PlusPoints expire this year, I didn't think I could use them for next Spring, so I wasn't really trusting it all when I hit the confirm button. Very excited that this all worked out to a very good advantage for us. We've sat in these seats a couple of times on domestic flights, so we know the hard product, and are very happy to have the extra space/service on this redeye. And I'm dumbfounded that this worked out when I didn't even think it was a viable option.
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Old Nov 5, 2022, 11:06 am
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1. Route: BOS-MUC on Lufthansa
2. Date: 1/29
3. Fare class: D
4. J-F
5. # of Plus Points: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 11 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking
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Old Nov 5, 2022, 1:34 pm
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IAH-NRT

1. Route: IAH-NRT; NRT-IAH for 2 Pax
2. Date: 4/2; 4/14
3. Fare class: W
4. Y-J (PN)
5. # of Plus Points: 40 (160 total)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 6 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking
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Old Nov 9, 2022, 4:32 pm
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1. Route EWR AMS for 5 pax
2. Date 2/15
3. Fare class X
4. Y-O, Y-J (PN)
5. # of PlusPoints 160
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased 18 weeks
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear 16 weeks
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 7:27 am
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I was surprised to find some PZ availability between ORD and FRA in late March/early April and to be able to use the rest of my husband's plus points, which were to expire next July.

1. Route: ORD-FRA for 2 PAX
2. Date: 3/29
3. Fare class: L
4. Y-J
5. # of Plus Points: 80 (160 total)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~4 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking

1. Route: FRA-ORD for 2 PAX

2. Date: 4/6
3. Fare class: Q
4. O-J
5. # of Plus Points: 30 (60 total)
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4.5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 2:41 pm
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1. Route: GVA-IAD
2. Date: April
3. Fare class: L
4. Y-J
5. # of Plus Points: 80
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: at booking
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Old Nov 26, 2022, 7:54 pm
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1. Route: SFO/AKL
2. Date: March
3. Fare class: A
4. Y-J (PZ)
5. # of Plus Points: 30
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: ~5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: 4 months
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Old Nov 28, 2022, 7:52 am
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1. Route: SFO>FRA
2. Date: January 1st
3. Fare Class: H
4. PZ
5. # of Plus Points: 40
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 6 weeks
7. How many days did the departure upgrade clear: Immediately upon booking as I saw PZ availability and some still remains
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Old Dec 10, 2022, 3:46 pm
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1. Route: BER-EWR
2. Date: 12APR23
3. Fare class: K
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80 points
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 4 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: At booking, PZ1 (flight was also showing PN9 IN9, I dunno why they only had PZ1)

1. Route: LAX-LHR

2. Date: 23MAY23
3. Fare class: K
4. Y-J
5. # of PlusPoints: 80 points
6. How many days/weeks in advance ticket was purchased: 5 months
7. How many hours/days/weeks before departure did upgrade clear: At booking, PZ9 (part of the slew of PZ/IN availability that released today)

All this still leaves me with over 500 PlusPoints that will be expiring end of July, need to find more flights.
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