Global and Regional Premier Upgrades

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  1. passioninlife77

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    I hit Premier 1K status and was awarded 6 Global and 4 Regional Premier upgrades that are valid till January 31, 2015. While this is all fine and dandy, I have recently moved to Kenya because of my work. The upgrades would have been lovely if I still lived in Chicago as I did until last year. It is my understanding that I can use the Global Upgrades on United flights only, and not on Star Alliance carriers. My work travels are almost within Africa and there is no way I am flying United except for maybe one or two flights between Europe and Chicago in 2014.

    This is the first time I have hit Premier 1K, so I have never been in a situation where I have upgrades that I may not use. I hate to let them go to waste. Is there any other way to use or extend these upgrades? I realize you cannot really sell them, but can they be transferred to another passenger for a fee or exchange for miles? Do people really sell these upgrades?

    Any advice from you seasoned travelers is highly appreciated. Please and thank you!
     
  2. snod08
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    GPU's can be used on Lufthansa as well (certain fare classes only).

    One is not permitted to sell / barter GPU's / RPU's according to the rules of the program. (what happens in real life may be different).

    You can easily apply GPU's / RPU's for any United itineraries that your friends / family are planning to fly.
    Remember, GPU use (for international tickets) are restricted to W-fare-class and above for an upgrade from economy to business. (For business to first class upgrade, one will need a C or D class ticket).
     
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    Thank you, snod08. It is good to know that I can use them on Lufthansa.

    Perhaps some frequent traveler may want to exchange/ buy the GPUs/ RPUs off site.
     
  4. Flyer1976
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    I would be extremely careful since UA reads these forums and by posting threads like these you're painting a target on your back.
     
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    You pretty much have to give them away / let them expire at this point. Nothing is anonymous these days, sorry.

    theBOAT
     
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