I’ve been incredibly happy with United’s “unlimited domestic upgrade” program. At first I thought my upgrade percentage would go way down, but it hasn’t. Doing the math, I’ve flown over 120 revenue segments on United since unlimited domestic upgrades began on March 19, and I’ve had two upgrades not clear. Upgraded 98%+ of the time? Score!
Anyway, no doubt the times I travel have something to do with that, though this coming weekend is proving to be quite the downer when it comes to upgrades. I’m flying four segments to get to Fleet Week and back, and only one upgrade has cleared. That first segment seems to be undergoing an aircraft swap (judging by the fact that it went from being wide open to being zeroed out), so I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be downgraded.
I was most shocked by my second flight, a 757 (with 24 first class seats) from Washington to San Francisco. Admittedly it’s a tough route to upgrade, but not on a Saturday. The last time I took that exact flight on a Saturday, everyone cleared the upgrade. In this case, though, 18 of the 24 seats were already occupied a week out, with Economy Plus packed to the gills. That upgrade ain’t clearing!
The return looks even worse. Both flights were NF9 (meaning there were at least nine confirmable upgrade seats at the upgrade window), but I guess there were some high fare 1Ks that got the upgrade ahead of me. Fair enough.
The only upside is that all the flights are now packed to the gills, so I’m hoping for a bump.
Or did any of you pesky FlyerTalkers steal my upgrade? 😉