BusinessFirst Paid Upgrade Advice - Would you do it?

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  1. black milk

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    A thread for those who need help deciding. In fact, I need help deciding...

    Here are the details:


    I'm on United 777-200 HKG-EWR-BOS on E+ (for free because of my high B fare class). Offered a United BusinessFirst Upgrade for $589 for the HKG-EWR... should I take it? Online 24 hour checkin already started.

    (this seat config: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Uni..._777-200_7.php - BusinessFirst is in a 2-2-2 config).

    Notes: I've got No miles, no status.

    Other questions:
    Do these sell out quite quickly?
    Are there hidden fees?
    Do you have a Cost per mile chart on what would be worth it? (That would be cool).


    I'm not exactly a high-flyer like you lads and never paid for business. Only if I've been traveling with my high-flying relative who upgrades me in miles, which is rarely and only ever once in United more than 6 years ago.

    I fly long-haul normally (I mean, anything out of HKG) so its not a biggie, my question is more about the service, the beds, is that really worth it? Am I getting bangs for my bucks?
     
  2. snod08
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    Are you sure its for HKG-EWR and not EWR-BOS? I would make sure of that.
    (since you got a B fare, it sounds possible you may be paying up to a Z on HKG-EWR).

    If it is, I would go for it. This is a pmCO aircraft with full flat beds. Totally worth the money for this long flight.
     
  3. black milk

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    It is definitely UA116. Uploaded an image so you can see the deets and the config from the online check-in page.

    So Z you mean a cheap Business fare...?
     

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  4. snod08
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    Z is one of the cheaper business fares.
    Nowadays they have a P fare..but I do not remember if that is for "First"(domestic / international) class only.

    Sure sounds like you are getting a good deal.
     
  5. black milk

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    Ooooo upon your recomendation snod08 I'm tempted...

    Any suggestions on where to sit? the airlineexpert.net doesnt have this exact config under CO listing, and seatguru just shows nada. Any personal preferences?
     
  6. snod08
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    I prefer 8E or 8D. However, those seem taken.
    the middle aisles are better as you have your own aisle access.
    Meal service starts at Row 1 in front cabin; Row 8 in back cabin. So, if you want your preferred choice (before it runs out), then sit closer to those rows).
     
  7. black milk

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    Took it! Thank you. I got seat 1K. Fare class says ZN.

    I was wondering when you said "before it runs out" - do these deals go away quite quickly? What is the time window usually? Or do you mainly mean about seat choice?

    Smiles all around :)
     
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    Really depends how many people want to take up the offer and how full the business class cabin is
     
  9. snod08
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    I was talking about food choices running out if you sit in the back of business cabin.

    Anywho, congratulations!
    Enjoy the flight!
     
  10. Wandering Aramean
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    FWIW, inside of 24 hours it is likely a ToD upgrade, not a buy-up to Z. The flight is currently booked to 38 with 3 non-revs on the waitlist so I'd assume that a few more will be given the opportunity to make that purchase.

    I think that the $569 is a fair value for the service upgrade offered. Not sure I'd take it, but it is a pretty good price for what you're getting IMO.
     
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    For $569 I think it is a no brainer. Do it...you won't regret it...
     
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    Not sure I'd do it either (15 hours is a long flight, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not that much of your life...I'd rather put that money toward my new golf clubs fund:)), but if you're going to do it, I'd agree that it's a pretty good price. I've been offered $600 upgrades at check-in between Europe and the US (on US Airways however, just as a datapoint), so $569 for a flight that's twice as long sounds pretty good compared to that.
     
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    My decision to do it or not would be based in large part on what Y seat I had. The price is quite competitive but I often err on the side of more trips than upgrades.
     
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    Very nice T.O.D offer on a B-fare!
     
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    In theory the ToD numbers are the same regardless of the underlying fare.

    In theory.
     
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    When I flew SFO-HKG on CX, I was able to get one of my favorite 747 seats (in the back where they're 2-x-2), but I'd still have paid $569 up to biz. I am almost entirely a coach flyer except on super-long flights.
     
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    I think it's a pretty good deal. I have generally not bought up to these fares, however, way back when I was elite on US Airways, I flew UA to GIG and they offered I think a 400.00 business class upgrade, it was their older seats, but I think it was worth it.
     
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    Enjoy the ride.
     
  19. Flyer1976
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    Actually it's booked to 47 now and the flight will be going out full, I don't think the non-revs will be getting on this one tomorrow at all. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 people bought up on TODs at that price.
     
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    Glad you took it, I sure would have.
     
  21. Ygor
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    If this is your first Business First experience, I think you will be happy you paid for it. 6 years ago on United will not be even close to what you will experience here. Enjoy.
     
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    As a long-haul traveler, my decision of whether or not to pay for upgrades, while I am guaranteed E+, is how long the flight is. For a 15-hr flight, I would be leaning toward going for it, although I am not sure I would if the cash value is a significant proportion of the ticket I bought, and I have no GPUs to use. The reason for this is that I may prefer to "endure" E+ in order to save my cash, which I can spend on extra fun at destination...:D
     
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  23. desamo

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    Exactly. I'm also more likely to do it at the beginning of the trip than at the end.
     

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