We are celebrating Veterans’ Day week by extending all of you a generous offer from our reader, Dave. He has five (5) Regional Premier Upgrades (RPUs) and six (6) Global Premier Upgrades (GPUs) on United that expire 31 Jan. 2017 that he would like to give away to a deserving military member or their family! Having done this before out of my personal stash when I used to be a 1K, I know people do not always understand the restrictions on using these upgrades. Nothing is ever simple in the frequent flyer world…
RPUs: These upgrades are good for any fare as long as the flight stays within Central or North America. There is an exception for some flights outside of this, such as Guam to Manila, but these are rare exceptions that I am not going to detail.
GPUs: These are for international travel, but have significant restriction on what fare class you can apply them to. From the UA page: Global Premier Upgrades are not available on flights booked in fare classes Z, P, S, T, K, L, G or N. Meaning that you can’t use them on the cheapest fares. Even cheap First or Business Class.
The United Upgrade page has the details. Here is the chart:
Bottom line is to please make sure that you have an eligible fare class before getting one of these upgrades. The eligible fare can be quite higher than the lowest fare and there is no guarantee that your upgrade will clear. Just want to get that warning out front so you know what you are getting into with the GPUs.
Here’s how we will do this. Make a comment to this post and what you want – either RPU or GPU. I will randomly pick the winners on Veterans’ Day and send your email to Dave. He will then contact you and get your last name and Record Locator in order to apply the upgrade instrument.
Good luck and let me be the first to say “Thanks for thinking of the military Dave!”