Ouch! I haven’t had this many consecutive upgrade-less flights since before I was a 1K with United four or five years ago.
Tuesday, Jan 31 – UA 252 SFO-DEN, A320
Thursday, Feb 2 – UA 1663 (CO Operated) DEN-IAH, 737-800
Thursday, Feb 2 – UA 1171 (CO Operated) IAH-DCA, 737-700
Friday, Feb 3 – UA 915 IAD-SFO, 757-200
Wow! That was a bummer of a week :-). Like I have said before, I don’t at all feel entitled to upgrades, and I’m not angry about it, but I AM quite surprised. The most surprising was the IAH-DCA flight, which was nearly empty. There must have been 20 people in Economy with me. The IAD-SFO flight was with a pretty low fare code, but DEN-SFO was pretty pricey, due to purchasing only a week before the flight.
Is this an outlier week? Are other 1Ks having more success with upgrades? I know I hit major hubs this week, but I’m used to getting upgraded about 75% of the time. Either there are way more top tier elites due to the merger or UnitedCO is selling more first class seats. Hmmm…
Well, I hope this week isn’t a forecast for the rest of 2012.
After UA announced the new changes to mileage plus in 2012, many top tier elites said that they would be switching to American. I hope more of them switch so upgrades get back to normal in 2013!