Upgrd 41: Free Upgrades for Everyone

Well, not really, but United Airlines is sure trying to give you that impression. Episode 41 is a combination of an episode that we recorded last week, and a second brief recording this morning regarding the new change at United - eliminating the 500 miler requirement for domestic upgrades. In last week's recording we discuss:

  • American Airlines double EQM along with the reduced requirement for using E-VIPs for Executive Platinums
  • United allowing Z fares to be upgraded with miles next year
  • Is Thanksgiving a good time to get bumps?
  • Our blog posts on the newly lunched upgrd.com
  • and more...

This morning we discussed the new change to UA's upgrade policy and whether or not it changes our airline affiliations.


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Amy October 16, 2009 at 08:24 pm

"Newly lunched upgrd.com? Ew - does it mean it's already chewed? Gross. Just kidding. Typos or not, love the podcasts. I absolutely very little miles and the ones I have are impossible to use. I too, hate the united/usairways miles program.

Mike October 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Lunched? Obviously my salad meat issue on aa is still on my mind. ;)

Sam October 17, 2009 at 04:55 pm

btw, delta miles usually take a day and a half to credit

kd5mdk October 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

It would have been nice to describe what Z fares are for United. I presume they are some kind of discounted Business.

Lucky October 18, 2009 at 11:45 pm

@ kd5mdk -- A "Z" fare is a discounted business class fare, usually with lots of restrictions and a fee to cancel.

Joe October 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Thanks for the shoutout at 29:00. :-)

Mike October 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

@Joe Thanks for attending! And thanks for the great photos on the Facebook fan page!