E+ on United Airlines

Jul 22nd, 2012, 06:19 AM
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E+ on United Airlines

Quick question... I am a lowly Elite Silver on United, so I can't reserve E+ for free until check it. Economy is full and decent E+ seats are starting to fill up quickly. However, there are a LOT of first class seats available currently, so my upgrade chances at this point look decent. But, it's an ORD-IAH flight, so who knows. My question is, if I fork out the dough to ensure a good E+ seat, but get upgraded to 1st, do I get refunded the $ I paid for the E+ seat?

Thanks in advance
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 08:14 AM
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It's not that long of a flight. Make a decision and stick with it.
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 09:25 AM
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Gee, thanks. A simple "I don't know" or, better yet, nothing at all would have sufficed.
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
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I doubt that you would get a refund on the economy plus seat if you managed to get an upgrade to first, but I don't have experience with this specific situation.
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 01:44 PM
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I went ahead and called to find out, and they told me that it would be refunded.
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Jul 22nd, 2012, 06:58 PM
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interesting... let us know what you decide and how it goes.
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Jul 23rd, 2012, 02:11 AM
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Seatmaps are never a good indication of how many unbooked F seats there are, but if there are indeed a lot of open ones, then you can expect all the 1K, Plat and Gold elites to be upgraded into those seats, and thereby freeing up the E+ seats for you to pick during online check-in.

Therefore, it's NOT worth paying to get E+ at all, unless you have no chance to do OLCI and switch seats for whatever reason.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 08:22 AM
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Those E+ seats are filling up quickly by pax with elite status higher than yours.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 03:43 PM
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Not worth paying for the E+ in this instance unless there is some reason you really need it, or you don't want a middle seat.
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Jul 29th, 2012, 08:56 PM
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The UA FF changes are a reason many of us are flying other airlines now.
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