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One of the very best part of the holidays is giving to others. I know that sounds trite and is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but it doesn’t change it from being true. I am super excited to extend some of that holiday giving to some of you, and help get you upgraded on an upcoming flight.
As a United 1K I get a certain number of regional and global upgrades to upgrade paid fares, and I have one GPU (Global Premier Upgrade) left that I haven’t yet used that will expire on 1/31 if it isn’t used. I was planning to give it away today, and as luck would have it, an awesome Mommy Points reader sent me an email yesterday that they also have 3 expiring United GPUs to give away that they also would like me to share with other Mommy Points’ readers.
So, if you (or someone you know) have a paid United flight between now and January 31st, we might be able to help make your flight more enjoyable.
I would prefer these go to people who are on flights with R space (confirmable upgrade) currently available as that will help ensure the upgrades go to use. To check and see if your upcoming flight has R space available you need to:
- Opt into Expert Mode on United.com using this link.
- While logged into your United account, search for your flight as if you are going to buy it and click on “Fare Class” as shown below.
- Once you click on “Fare Class” you should see various fare classes, including R. If there is R space there will be R and a number such as R2. If there is no R space it will show R0.
You can waitlist flights for upgrades that don’t have R space, but if it doesn’t clear then we have to start the process over starting to find a new use for the upgrade before January 31st and that’s probably a little more work intensive than I can sign-up for right now.
You can use a Global Upgrade for a domestic or international flight, though for some international flights (to Europe, Asia, Australia, etc) you have to be booked in W fare class or higher to use a GPU to upgrade. For domestic flights there is no fare class requirement to use the upgrades.
I will be giving preference to those with longer flights who have R space available instead of little one hour hops, and if there are any other special tidbits of info you want to include feel free (veteran, it’s for your parents, etc.). There won’t be an exact science to how these are given away, but the sooner it is squared away the better so you can look forward to the flight and the upgrades can go to good use! If you are interested, leave a comment on this post giving me the flight date, destination (ex IAH – FRA), and whether there is R space showing, and I’ll work through them as soon as I can. I’ll email you to get the confirmation number if I think I can help.
One final thing to note, in order to have your flights upgraded you have to provide your confirmation number and name. I’ll be processing one of the upgrades, but a Mommy Points reader will be doing the others, so only throw your hat in the ring if you are okay with a fellow blog reader having that information.
Happy Holidays and Happy Flying!