As an early holiday present, United is once again extending 2 GPUs until April 30, 2016, once an elite requalifies for 1k status for 2016. The best method of extending these upgrades is to call the 1K line and then request Mileage Plus services and ask a representative to process the extension. I recommend calling between 9 am - 9 pm EST to reach an elite-1K Mileage Plus representative. Then log into your account afterwards to verify the GPUs are valid until April 30, 2016. I hope this assists other members in getting a longer use of their upgrades. Happy upgraded travels.