Tonight, I am flying home from the Philippines (sad face) to return to the “western” and “developed” world. Since I did not qualify for Platinum Elite status while under my 90 days status match with United, first class was 100% out of the question. I am somewhat glad I did not qualify because year to date my flights on United have been far from pleasant
Anyway, despite not qualifying, thankfully I have a good friend who has Platinum status with United and has more regional upgrade certs than he can ever use since he is based in China! He offered to donate a few to me allowing me to experience first class on regional flights instead of sitting in the back of the bus on United. Since my flight home is again MNL-GUM-HNL-LAX, he was able to apply the certs to both the MNL-GUM route and the HNL-LAX route. The HNL-LAX route cleared about 2 weeks ago, however up until now the MNL-GUM route has remained waitlisted.
I just checked in for my flight, about 12 hours before departure, and I am still waitlisted. I am number 1 on the list, however United still tried to offer me a buy up upgrade for $569! Why would United offer buy ups when there are people standing by for an Upgrade?!?
I am confused by United’s upgrade practices and am not a fan. I am nostalgic for Delta and their policies. I never thought I would say it, but I am starting to find Delta’s program superior despite their horrible international upgrade policies and near worthless skypesos which are basically only good if you know how to redeem miles on partner airlines.
What are your thoughts? I’m sure my upgrade will clear unless 2 people buy-up today, but should United be bypassing those waiting for upgrades for more revenue? After all, it is a business right?