United's Upgrading Status and Handing Out Economy Plus Subscriptions (Targeted)
Update: It appears that United is also targeting elites with temporary status, so if you participated in a status match earlier this year, you may have received an offer for a higher status even if you didn't meet the challenge requirements.
It looks like United Airlines is trying to create some new loyal flyers, in addition to keeping its current elite members. The carrier is targeting existing MileagePlus members with upgraded status and complimentary Economy Plus subscriptions through January 2017.
One TPG reader wrote in that United upgraded his status from Premier Gold to Premier Platinum through January 2017, and another reported that United offered a complimentary Economy Plus subscription. We've heard reports that United is offering one-level status upgrades up to Premier 1K, however upgrade certificates will not be issued as part of this promotion.
Economy Plus seats give you 3-5 more inches of legroom, and a subscription allows you to book an Economy Plus seat for free on each United flight you take. Subscriptions start at $499, so this one-year targeted subscription can really save you a lot for a little extra legroom. When you purchase a subscription, it's linked with your MileagePlus account, so you'll be able to select a seat for free when booking a ticket as long as something is available.
The TPG reader who was targeted for a free Economy Plus subscription said he doesn't have status with United, but does with American, and the reader who wrote in with the status upgrade reported that he has history with the carrier — he was previously a 1K member, then Premier Platinum and most recently Premier Gold. No one on the TPG staff has received an offer. Be sure to check your email to see if you were targeted!
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Thanks to TPG readers Ricky W. and Rob H., who shared these news tip by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be sending out a $200 Visa gift card as a token of our appreciation.