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  1. MK
    MK 5 September 2013 at 3:07 pm |

    What is your impression of GS overall when you had the status? I’ve usually flown a couple of airlines and so had my status and spend spread out. Been thinking about moving it entirely to UA since they are doing better operationally and have a much better network for my purposes. Understandably, there’s no guarantee that I’ll get it. But I guess that’s what I’m trying to figure out – whether the perks it has over 1K is worth an attempt to get it.

  2. JD
    JD 5 September 2013 at 3:37 pm |

    What is PN used for normally on long-haul flights? On expertflyer.com I read that it’s for “Upgrade from B/M Class for Elites” and the mouse over says it’s not for BusinessFirst routes, only for domestic first class.

    I was just looking at international routes I wanted to upgrade on and saw a ton of PN space while R sits at 0, but was confused given the text above.

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  4. Lindsay
    Lindsay 5 September 2013 at 5:16 pm |

    Yet another example of how United has actually become two airlines: one for the GS pax, and a completely different one for everyone else. Rather than improve upgrades or boarding process for loyal 1K fliers who fly day in and day out on them, it has completely neglected them in favor of the 1% who have GS. It’s a shame, and it’s why I switched to American after 1MM on UA.

    1. Kris Ziel
      Kris Ziel 5 September 2013 at 5:49 pm |

      What is there to improve on upgrades for 1K? Generally speaking, if there are seats open, they get them, it’s not like a free for all where if a silver beats 1K to checkin they are higher on the list. And I quite like the boarding process now that there aren’t “Premier Access” and “Economy” lanes, but lanes for individual groups, which makes it much smoother.
      And there is a reason they cater more to GS than any other group, and it isn’t for fun, GS customers provide more revenue than the other customer.

  5. ffi
    ffi 5 September 2013 at 9:34 pm |

    I was hoping that the GPUs for GS would tap into P/PN space for all intl flights, but after I re read the post I got the domestic part that I had skipped on earlier.

  6. Nick
    Nick 5 September 2013 at 10:05 pm |

    @Kris Ziel Silver does trump a 1K if they are on Y or B fares. My upgrade rates as a 1K are pretty abysmal and I’m not buying the cheapest fares. It all depends when and where you fly. Based on my experience I could quite easily see 1K’s going almost the whole year with only a couple of upgrades.

  7. Michael G
    Michael G 9 September 2013 at 4:32 pm |

    I just tested this out and it worked. However, I could not process the upgrade myself on the website. I had to call the GS desk and they made it happen. I confirmed that R=0 on my international segments (LAX-NRT-LAX) and PN=9. Originally booked in W.

  8. John
    John 1 December 2013 at 4:33 pm |

    Does this still apply if you are a non GS member who is being sponsored with a GPU from a GS member?

  9. CB
    CB 4 December 2013 at 2:47 pm |

    Any idea what the standards are for GS these days? Still seems to be a giant mystery elsewhere on the internet…..

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