Manila from SFO and PlusPoints Upgrades

Old Oct 9, 2023, 4:24 pm
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Manila from SFO and PlusPoints Upgrades

I booked on the new SFO/MNL service roundtrip for mid-November.

I have enough PlusPoints to UG from Premium Plus to Polaris on one leg. My wife was going to use PlusPoints to upgrade the other leg, but isn't even presented with this option when she logs into her MP account. Is this a bug, or can family/friends not UG anymore?

I've also noted light loads on these early flights. What are the chances UA is really committed to this route? Hate to go back to the HNL/GUM routing.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmc66
I booked on the new SFO/MNL service roundtrip for mid-November.

I have enough PlusPoints to UG from Premium Plus to Polaris on one leg. My wife was going to use PlusPoints to upgrade the other leg, but isn't even presented with this option when she logs into her MP account. Is this a bug, or can family/friends not UG anymore?

I've also noted light loads on these early flights. What are the chances UA is really committed to this route? Hate to go back to the HNL/GUM routing.
I doubt that UA would abandon the new route so quickly. I think they will see how it plays out at least for the holiday season (but that's just a guess). You are allowed to apply your pluspoints to upgrade other people, so not sure what the issue is. Did you try looking up the itinerary when logged into her account? Meaning, putting in the record locator and pulling it up? You can lways call in to them apply it if there is a glitch.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmc66
I've also noted light loads on these early flights. What are the chances UA is really committed to this route? Hate to go back to the HNL/GUM routing.
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I doubt that UA would abandon the new route so quickly. I think they will see how it plays out at least for the holiday season (but that's just a guess).
I mean, the route never made any sense to begin with -- and I say that as someone who will fly it if it sticks. The economy fares they're charging to connect from the rest of the country are extremely high. They must know something that I don't, and I've already been burned once by positing that UA had no intention of competing directly against Philippine Airlines, so I won't make any calls, but if I had to bet, I'd expect it to last no more than one season.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 5:09 pm
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I mean, the route never made any sense to begin with -- and I say that as someone who will fly it if it sticks. The economy fares they're charging to connect from the rest of the country are extremely high. They must know something that I don't, and I've already been burned once by positing that UA had no intention of competing directly against Philippine Airlines, so I won't make any calls, but if I had to bet, I'd expect it to last no more than one season.
NW and then DL had two daily 747s out of MNL... but both stopped in Japan. They made it work for decades.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 5:13 pm
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NW and then DL had two daily 747s out of MNL... but both stopped in Japan. They made it work for decades.
Apples and oranges. The stop in Tokyo makes all the difference -- it becomes a much cheaper flight to operate, and they can also take advantage of local TYO-MNL traffic.
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmc66
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I have enough PlusPoints to UG from Premium Plus to Polaris on one leg. My wife was going to use PlusPoints to upgrade the other leg, but isn't even presented with this option when she logs into her MP account. ......
Did she pull up you reservation and select upgrades?
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by jimmc66
I booked on the new SFO/MNL service roundtrip for mid-November.

I have enough PlusPoints to UG from Premium Plus to Polaris on one leg. My wife was going to use PlusPoints to upgrade the other leg, but isn't even presented with this option when she logs into her MP account...
Does she have her own PlusPoints? If youre the one with the PlusPoints, you need to log into your account, enter her confirmation code in find a trip, and apply your points there.

Edit - I guess you want her to apply her PPs to the second leg of your trip? Then she needs to find your reservation using find a trip and then try there.

if this is not the case - never mind
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 8:12 pm
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Has anyone seen at least pn space on that flt? I check occasionally but fares remain sky-high, no confirmable upgrades and seemingly empty cabins. I hate this game of chicken but I ll wait...
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Old Oct 9, 2023, 11:25 pm
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Has anyone seen at least pn space on that flt?
Yes. PN9 PZ0 IN9 has started to appear across many of the dates I've checked over the next couple of months.

While I normally don't consider waitlisting for long-haul flights, in this particular case I'm willing to roll the dice -- with a suitable backup plan in mind, of course. The biggest danger is not that they'll sell all of the seats -- the biggest danger is that there will be a mechanical issue the previous day and that they will merge two half-full J cabins together.
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Old Oct 10, 2023, 7:41 pm
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MNL is a generally low yield market, so there aren’t a large number of pax buying PremEco or business class seats. Will be one of the easier markets for upgrades.
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Old Oct 10, 2023, 9:41 pm
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Originally Posted by azepine00
Has anyone seen at least pn space on that flt? I check occasionally but fares remain sky-high, no confirmable upgrades and seemingly empty cabins. I hate this game of chicken but I ll wait...
Ive gotten my wife and I both cleared to mnl and back in early November with PN space
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