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Monday, February 25, 2013

United GPU success!

One of the perks of United's 1K status is the ability to acquire and use Global Premier Upgrades (GPU's).  These upgrades are different from the complimentary upgrades available when flying domestically, allowing you to upgrade international itineraries to the next cabin of service. 

Unfortunately, United does restrict the upgrades to certain ticket types (classes). From United's website:

Fare class structure for Global Premier Upgrades, in priority order, is: J, C, D, Z, P (for upgrades from United Business to United First® or United BusinessFirst to United Global FirstSM on three-cabin aircraft) and Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N (for upgrades from United Economy Plus® to the next class of service on all aircraft). Note that on some flights, Global Premier Upgrades are not available for fare classes Z, P, S, T, L, K, G and N.

In other words, economy tickets should be booked in Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, or W fare classes in order to make most upgrades work.

I've been planning to take my dad on a surprise trip for his 60th birthday this year (his first overseas), and as luck would have it, I was able to secure a W ticket for myself for the entire journey.  When I logged in to use the GPU's, I noticed that all but one flight had space available - so I clicked apply and said a prayer.  Happily, all of them went through!  We will be able to sit together the entire trip in Business class (also his first time), and I'm excited about trying United's business class product.

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