United Airlines’ Mileage Plus frequent flier program just announced a great new enhancement and improvement to their domestic upgrade process. Starting in the 2nd quarter of 2010, any time an elite member purchases a ticket, an upgrade request will automatically be placed. This new enhancement means unlimited upgrades for all domestic travel with no need to track upgrade certificates, call for upgrade request 72/48/24 hours in advance and, get this, if you’re traveling with a companion they receive a complimentary upgrade as well.
The upgrade allows for one class of service movement, for instance, economy class to first class on a two cabin flight or economy class to business class or business class to first class on a three cabin flight. There are some restrictions that involve the type of ticket purchased, but very few that will affect most travelers. United defines domestic travel as the US, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. If you have any of the old printed upgrade certificates, United will still honor them according to the original expiration date, but it’s a use them or lose them proposition because the printed upgrade certificates will become a thing of the past.
For more information or questions regarding Mileage Plus or any of the other frequent flier programs call Christopherson/Andavo Travel and we will be glad to assist.