The Upgrade Waiting Game

The United Flyertalk Boards have been buzzing for months over the perceived difficulty of upgrading flights recently. At issue is the fact that United has fewer Business and First class seats on their newly-configured 767 and 747 planes, and don’t really know which planes will fly which routes until just before departure, so they are holding back on upgrading people until the last minute.

This can be frustrating for folks, especially in cases like mine, where the whole purpose of flying is to use my Systemwide Upgrades before they expire at the end of the month.

Last night, my upgrade to Business Class cleared on the return portion of the flight–from Frankfurt to San Francisco. That’s great news, but I am still in economy for the outbound SFO-FRA come Thursday. Currently, they’re still selling 9 business class seats and there are fourteen empty spots on the seat maps, so it will be a close call for me… Wish me luck!

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