Airlines are offering a lot of extra capacity to Las Vegas this coming week, given that CES 2020 is taking place there from January 7-10, 2020.
The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most well known conferences out there, and airlines not only add capacity on existing routes, but they even operate special routes just for the event, like Delta flying from Tokyo to Las Vegas direct this coming week.
Well, tomorrow morning’s United flight from Newark to Las Vegas (UA671, departing at 7AM) will be operated by a Boeing 777-200. This is United’s highest density 777-200, featuring a total of 364 seats — that includes 28 seats in business class, and 336 seats in economy.
It’s kind of cool that United publishes their upgrade lists online, so what does the upgrade list look like for this flight? All 28 business class seats are occupied (with zero people having been upgraded), and there are a total of 183 people on the upgrade list.
I’ve seen some long upgrade lists in my day, though I’ve never seen a list even nearly that long. At United, all MileagePlus elite members are eligible for upgrades (including Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Premier 1K members), so that means well over half of the economy passengers (~55%) likely have MileagePlus status.
While that’s the longest upgrade list in absolute terms, it’s interesting to compare that to other Newark to Las Vegas flights tomorrow:
- The 8:29AM flight is operated by a 757-200 with 153 economy seats, and 86 people are on the upgrade list (~56%)
- The 10:08AM flight is operated by a 737-900 with 159 economy seats, and 84 people are on the upgrade list (~53%)
- The 12:30PM flight is operated by a 737-900 with 159 economy seats, and 98 people are on the upgrade list (~62%)
Has anyone ever seen upgrade lists even nearly as long as any of the above?