Reader Edward has determined there is no way he is going to use all those hard earned United upgrades that he has earned and would like to generously donate those to a Service Member traveling for the holidays. He is ponying up 2 Regional Premier Upgrades (RPU) and 3 Global Premier Upgrades (GPU). Being pretty much in the same boat, I will throw in a couple of each myself.
Now, United upgrades can be a little confusing (rules and stuff), unlike American which are good on any fare. Here is the chart on where you need a RPU and where you need a GPU. The biggest caveat is that you need a W class fare or higher to use a GPU. For example, I have a trip on United back from Germany, but it is in S class so I can’t use one of my six GPUs. A common myth is that all the Government fares book into Y class (the highest) and I rarely find that to be true. Here is another weird fact. You need a GPU to fly UA Guam to Hawaii, but Guam to Philippines is an RPU!
We really hope there are some well deserving service members that can use them out there. I was fortunate enough to fly to meet my family during the holidays on both my tours in Iraq and I can say that it would have been a lot more pleasant in First! Send me an e-mail for those interested and I will forward to Edward.