Winners – United Global + Regional Upgrades

Thanks to the generosity of five of our fans, we ran a giveaway for eight (8) Global Premier and six (6) Regional Premier upgrades with United on Monday. All said, we had 128 entries. The breakdown for entries were:

  • 66 were for Regional Premier Upgrades
  • 16 were for Global Premier Upgrades
  • 46 were ineligible

That’s an unusually high number of ineligible entries. Looking back on our posts, we should’ve been much more explicit on what fare class qualify for an upgrade. For Global Premier Upgrades, (or long haul international routes to South America, Europe and Asia) the following fare classes are not eligible: Z, P, S, T, L, K, G and N). As most cheap international tickets are in the K or L buckets, that is where most ineligible entries came from. Also there were a significant amount of award tickets – United upgrades for award tickets are only complimentary upgrades on domestic itineraries. So neither of these two instruments would have been useful.

Lesson learned. We will do better next time and apologies from us to those who entered with ineligible fare classes due to bad instructions on our part.

United Airlines' Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - Photo: InSapphoWeTrust, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

United Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner – Photo: InSapphoWeTrust, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Since this is not a random drawing, our guiding principle for upgrade giveaways have been mainly driven by duration. The longer the flight, the more you’re likely to be chosen. Without further ado, here are the winners. We will be in touch today for the necessary information from you so we can relay it to the generous donors to process your upgrades.

Regional Premier Upgrade Winners

  • Susan R on   January 5, 2015 at 5:15 PM for  DEN-HNL
  • Yael K.  on  January 6, 2015 at 7:48 AM for  SFO-EWR
  • Orlando  on  January 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM for  OGG-DEN-MIA
  • Chris on  January 6, 2015 at 6:19 PM for HNL-ORD
  • Mia on  January 5, 2015 at 5:50 PM for MIA – PTY – MVD
  • Mike H on   January 5, 2015 at 7:46 PM for   LAX-IAD-PTY-SCL

Global Premier Upgrade Winners

  • Michelle  on  January 5, 2015 at 10:34 PM  for EWR-HKG-BKK
  • Chris C  on January 5, 2015 at 10:44 PM for   SEA-LAX-MEL
  • Chonlawit on  January 5, 2015 at 10:44 PM  for  MEL – LAX
  • Bruce  on  January 5, 2015 at 11:15 PM  for  JFK-LAX-MEL-LAX-JFK
  • David  on  January 6, 2015 at 1:02 AM for   TPE-SFO-ORD
  • Shandon  on  January 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM for   SFO-LAX-PVG
  • Karen  on  January 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM for   RDU-EWR-PVG
  • RH  on  January 5, 2015 at 5:20 PM  for  EWR – NRT – SIN – NRT – EWR


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Comments (5)

  • dilini 9 years ago Reply

    congrats to all the winners — what a treat, Flight Deal & generous FD fans!

  • David N 9 years ago Reply


  • Keith 9 years ago Reply

    i figured mine was ineligible, but better to enter and not win, than something something.

  • Susan R 9 years ago Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the generous donors of United regional and global upgrades. What a shock to see that I have won a regional upgrade. I’m going to use it to upgrade my recent college grad daughter on our flight from Denver to Honolulu — a trip to celebrate her four years of hard work and new bachelor’s degree! Thank you to the donor of my upgrade. I hope to get your name so I can thank you personally.

  • Dave 9 years ago Reply

    Thought my flight Jan 8 from SFO-JFK in Economy G would have been a good one for a regional upgrade to get the lay-flat seats… but congrats to the winners!!

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