United said the premium economy class, which it is calling "Premium Plus," will be on 21 international routes by May and service will begin on some … March 30th, 2019 Premium Economy. Experience better coast-to-coast service with our updated premium transcontinental routes between New York (Newark or John F. Kennedy) and Los Angeles, and New York (Newark or John F. Kennedy) and San Francisco. If you want to gamble you might get it for even less - on my flight they were offering the one-way bump to onboard passengers for just $250, and that is about as good a deal as you can find in luxury travel anywhere - and worth every penny. On Saturday, the Twittersphere reported that United would roll out its first Boeing 777-200 with Premium Plus seating on a SFO-CDG flight on Monday, so, naturally, we began figuring out how we could get on board. Eventually, though, you’ll see the seats on Boeing 767-300ERs, 777-200s, 777-300ERs and 787-10s. Q: What’s the dining experience on United Premium Plus flights? This will be operated by one of their premium configured 767-300s, featuring 46 Polaris seats. A: Yes. Which domestic routes will offer premium economy? United has published a series of FAQs, which I’ll paste here. On flights with United Premium Plus, members seated in United Economy will be able to request a MileagePlus Upgrade Award for both a United Premium Plus seat and the United Polaris business class cabin. There’s also substantially more in-seat storage, important on a longer flight where you likely have more in the way of entertainment materials, water bottles and so on, and I especially loved the tray table. Passengers also get a 13-inch HD in-flight-entertainment system, individual power and USB outlets, plus an adjustable leg rest and footrest, along with a Saks Fifth Avenue pillow and blanket and noise-reducing headphones. Our United Premium Plus is separate from Economy Plus with added comfort and more. The airline’s Premium Plus cabin, currently sold as Economy Plus whenever it appears on a long-haul flight, will soon be designated an entirely different class of service. First sale date is December 3, 2018, for travel in late March 2019. There are supplied noise cancelling over ear headphones, in-seat power and USB that actually work, and they are well located under the center armrest, not by your feet as on many flights. If you have any more questions, please ask in the comments section below, and we’ll follow up with United. United has a fleet of 787-10s. On board, customers seated in United Premium Plus will receive an elevated dining experience with complimentary alcoholic beverages as well as custom dinnerware with flatware and a cloth napkin. The new seats will be present on most 777s and all their brand new 787-10 aircraft. You may opt-out by. Please view our advertising policy page for more information. A: Yes. Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. As with all United revenue fares (with the exception of basic economy), Premium Plus flyers will earn elite-qualifying miles and dollars, lifetime miles and award miles based on the purchased fare. The Premium Plus seats are bigger and recline further, but they also come with very comfortable Saks... [+] Fifth Avenue bedding and comprehensive amenity kit, as well as broad armrests and well located in-seat power and USB under the armrest. Note that customers booking a Premium Plus fare will be prioritized above all economy passengers for waitlisted Polaris business-class upgrades. I love every kind of travel, active, cultural and leisurely, and my special areas of expertise are luxury hotels and resorts, golf, skiing, food, wine and spirits. United’s route planning people are clearly pretty sharp. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Q: What is the price difference between this fare and United Polaris business class or Economy Plus? Several aviation specialists used this window to preview the new seats (you can read an in-depth look at the nitty gritty of the cabin design here at one of my favorite travel sites, TravelSkills, now part of SFGate). Beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages will be complimentary. Premium Plus is a very significant upgrade, similar to what you would get flying first class on most domestic flights, and akin to what international business class seating was in the days before the advent of true lay flat seats: a large leather recliner with footrest and a lot more space and recline than most people are used to in an airline seat. The new experience includes a roomier seat, larger entertainment screen and dedicated overhead bins. The seat itself is the main event here, and United succeeded as well as anyone could have hoped for. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. I have, I am the NY Times Bestselling author of Real Food, Fake Food and have been traveling the world as a journalist and passionate fan of all things fun for 20 years. I fly international routes in coach all the time, and to a degree I always dread it. A: All customers in United Premium Plus will enjoy an even more spacious seat with more legroom, elbow room and recline, as well as a larger entertainment screen. At the airport, travelers will receive two free standard checked bags, United Club access at a discounted price and Premier Access. Overall, there is a lot to love about an extremely comfortable seat that is well-designed with sleep, work and entertainment all front and center. For more information, see MileagePlus Upgrade Awards. The Points Guy will not sell your email. United Premium Plus℠ is a new Premium Economy Class (booking class O, A, R). United’s Premium Plus cabin goes on sale on Monday, Dec. 3, so we’ll have a much better idea of pricing and award rates/availability then. As of March 28, 2020, United will offer year-round daily service between Chicago and Zurich. I admit it - I love this tray table. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). You can get an idea of the beverages offered on our Inflight Beverage Selection page, but please note that they’ll vary by flight. For all these reasons, the debut of United’s new Premium Plus class is likely the biggest aviation change - and best news - of 2019 for all travelers, frequent and occasional, business or pleasure. I would like to subscribe to The Points Guy newsletters and special email promotions. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). Barra Plans Keynote For CES As Detroit Auto Show Keeps Slipping, Airbnb Is Booting Capitol Rioters Off Its Platform, Westland’s ‘Peat Week’ Will Be Online This Year, Cannabis Abstinence Is Tied To More Alcohol Use For Teens And Young Adults, Study Finds, Wines Of The Week: Two Napa Legends, And A Different Side Of A Classic Bourbon, Paris’ Champs-Elysees To Become A Garden: Cars Out, People In, 11 Zero-Proof Alternatives To Keep You Going Through Dry January - And Beyond, here at one of my favorite travel sites, TravelSkills, upgraded Polaris class product, and you can read my review of that luxury cabin here. The new premium economy experience will be available on 21 routes by the end of May 2019. The GPU will be considered used if Premium Plus is confirmed, though flyers will remain on the waitlist for business class as well, and will be moved up to the airline’s top cabin based on availability. United Airlines says its "United Premium Plus" will be available on 21 routes by the end of May. Seating is similar to what you’ll find in domestic first class, with up to 19 inches of width, 38 inches of pitch and 6 inches of recline. Flights operated and marketed by United on international long-haul routes that offer United Premium Plus℠ will receive points as follows: O in Tier 1, A in Tier 2, and R in Tier 3. The HD video screen is substantially larger than the ones in coach, and Premium Plus includes over... [+] ear noise cancelling headphones to better enjoy the huge on-demand entertainment library. Knee room in United Premium Plus seat … In other words, a cheap G-class fare is just as upgradeable as a full Y fare. Another very popular aviation site, The Points Guy, did a very early review of the new seats (not the full package) almost a year ago and concluded that United “shows a lot of promise for the new class…superb IFE [in-flight entertainment] and comfortable seats I could stretch out and sleep in.” He also compared it to the competing premium economy products on international carriers and found United clearly better than Air France, and as good or slightly better than Lufthansa. Choices included Japanese cuisine, and I am big fan of setting the mood for a trip early with these kinds of options. These new routes will connect our freight customers and further extend our air cargo network throughout the world – for example connecting major pharmaceutical hubs in Europe and perishable markets in Latin America. Choice of regular dishes or those themed to the route, three meal services on a long haul flight,... [+] free drinks, and snacks on demand - sounds like business class, but it's the new Premium Plus menu. United Premium Plus fares will vary based on time of booking, route and availability. The new Premium Plus seats are pretty standard for premium economy, but are extremely comfortable nonetheless and make long-haul flights much more enjoyable. During this transitional time, customers, especially those with elite status, have enjoyed an early ride and essentially free bonus of much more comfortable seats and greatly increased legroom. 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. This new aircraft will fly on six-trans-Atlantic routes from United’s New York/Newark hub beginning in March 2019. A: No. The tray table also has a cool flip up adjustable backrest for tablet or phone that makes viewing your own device much more comfortable, though you don’t have to, given the oversized (13.3-inch vs. 9) HD seatback screen, noticeably bigger than coach, and United’s very ample library of on-demand movies and television, probably the best of any domestic carrier. Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. I am the NY Times Bestselling author of Real Food, Fake Food and have been traveling the world as a journalist and passionate fan of all things fun for 20 years. Flyers of United Airlines are now able to purchase Premium Plus seating on select routes beginning on March 30, 2019. United Airlines will introduce premium-economy cabins called Premium Plus on certain international flights in late 2018. Compared to any airline’s economy version, it is substantial, both in terms of size and heft, and you can actually work on this flight on your laptop if you want to, something that is really trying in the back of the plane. United Airlines announced that its newest premium seating, United Premium Plus will be on sale beginning December 3, for travel on select international flights starting March 30, 2019. United intends eventually to have Premium Plus available on all transatlantic, transpacific, and on all longer flights to South America. The bottom line is that the comfort difference between Economy and Premium Plus is substantially larger than that between Economy and Economy Plus (which United still offers, making these four-class planes), whether on United or other carriers (some of which call it Premium Economy). The switchover is scheduled to begin on March 30, 2019, with Premium Plus officially launching on the first batch of international routes. To put this all in perspective, there are eight seats across on planes that often have ten in economy, or a full pair of seats divvied up as extra space. Q: Will MileagePlus members earn award miles or Premier qualifying credit when they book in United Premium Plus? Sorry United elites — your free rides in premium economy are about to come to an end. Premium Plus, aka the “purple section,” for the distinctive color of the seats, has been coming into existence over the past few months in terms of the hard goods being installed on United’s long-haul international widebody fleet (some of which fly transcontinental domestic routes too). United also took delivery of its first 787-10 aircraft earlier this month with United Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats installed. This is especially true when it is from the carrier serving more destinations than any other airline in the world, and the U.S. flagship of the consistently top-rated consortium, the Star Alliance. Customers will receive additional perks at the airport and on board. All planes with Premium Plus also have the newest Polaris business class, and United says that on average it will be adding one such aircraft every 10 days from now through 2020. Chris McGinnis Show More Show Less 13 of 31. United Airlines (Star Alliance) serves 244 domestic destinations and 123 international destinations in 64 countries, as of January 2021. I just punched in a randomly selected week this fall for United’s daily nonstop from Newark to Tokyo roundtrip, and the cheapest Economy fare was $1,467. The amenity kit was very close to business class quality, with socks, toothbrush, etc., and most notably some of the best eyeshades I have seen in many such kits, contoured in 3D to cover your eyes without touching them. Passengers also get a 13-inch in-flight entertainment screen, enhanced food offerings, complimentary beverages, dedicated power and USB outlets, Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and noise-reducing head… This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. As a result, I was able to sleep comfortably for a good chunk of the roughly 14-hour flight, and awoke without a stiff neck, something often impossible in economy. Premium Plus was exactly $600 more, a 40% premium at $2,067. Premier 1K and Global Services members can apply one GPU to waitlist both Premium Plus and Polaris on the same flight. The airline has yet to announce specifics about the seats and cabin size, or the aircraft and routes that will feature the new class. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. I tweet @TravelFoodGuy, © 2021 Forbes Media LLC. My takeaway? © 2021 THE POINTS GUY, LLC. Aisle armrests lower out of the way, a really nice touch. For now, the premium-economy product will only be available on United 777s flying select international routes. In fact, specialist site SeatGuru describes what to expect in short-haul First Class as “No Middle Seats; 5-7 inches of Extra Legroom; 2 Extra inches of Seat Width; Food Service & Free Alcoholic Beverages” and that’s about exactly what Premium Plus is, aside from the fact that there are middle seats in the center section ( a 2-4-2 configuration). The bedding (Saks Fifth Avenue) was excellent, as good as the pillows and comforters on most airlines’ business classes (it’s the same as in Polaris, but that bedding kit has more pieces and now the just added option of a full mattress pad to sleep on). Premium Plus seats on United 787-10 are configured 2-3-2. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Fly Private To The British Virgin Islands And The Government Will Give You $1500, Privacy Is The New Luxury At Casa De Campo. Customers upgrading from economy to Premium Plus will earn miles based on the pre-upgraded fare class. United Economy - Our standard fare, which includes a full-sized carry-on bag. Once we boarded, we realized we were among the first travelers to get seats on the new Premium Plus cabins being rolled out across the United and Star Alliance fleets (later that travel day we were on an official United flight in the same seating area)- seats that weren't officially supposed to be out for several more weeks. Additionally, while Premium Plus tickets don’t include lounge access, customers will be eligible for discounted access to the United Club, with pricing yet to be announced. It is big and sturdy and you can actually work, or when it is... [+] folded in half as shown, flip up the adjustable support for better viewing your phone or tablet. Using 787-10’s 2-3-2 seat configuration, 21 seats will be available on these routes: Newark to Los Angeles ( 2 x daily flights) Los Angeles to Newark ( 1 x daily flight). For more information, see MileagePlus Upgrade Awards. A: Yes, members will be able to upgrade from upgrade-eligible United Premium Plus fares to United Polaris business class. United did confirm the cabin will give passengers “more space, comfort and amenities,” like upgraded […] Members will earn 150% Premier qualifying miles and 1.5 Premier qualifying segments when they purchase a fare in United Premium Plus. Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. List of United Airlines destinations The following is an overview of all United Airlines flights and destinations: Q: On most long-haul international flights, will MileagePlus members still be able to use a MileagePlus Upgrade Award to upgrade from Economy to United Polaris business class? The armrests between seats are also quite wide, so you don’t get neighborly with your elbows, as often occurs in coach. It is wider (19 inches versus 17), has more pitch, the distance between any point on the seat and the same point on the one in front of it (38” vs. 34”) and reclines further (6” vs. 4”) then United’s already enhanced Economy Plus product. While passengers remain unable to use a Global Premier Upgrade (GPU) to move from economy to business class on S, T, K, L, G or N fares, there will be no fare class restriction when using a GPU to confirm a seat in Premium Plus, with the exception of upgrades from the basic economy “N” fare class. Chris McGinnis Show More Show Less 2 of 41. Paid upgrades allow customers to confirm an upgrade immediately, if one is available on flights operated by United ® and United Express ® only. I was able to sleep for the majority of the flight, which is the main goal of redeye flights anyways, vastly due to the seat. The Premium Plus seats are similar to what you’ll find in domestic first class with some enhanced tweaks. Prices will vary by route and date like all other tickets, but Premium Plus appears to be a very reasonable option, delivering a big improvement in flight experience for much less of a splurge than a full business upgrade, which often quadruples or quintuples (or more) the price of Economy. Chris McGinnis Show More Show Less 13 of 31. Q: What is the difference between Economy Plus and United Premium Plus? United Airlines | MileagePlus - United will begin selling Premium Plus on some domestic routes from 2 Oct. 2019. As of now, you’ll be able to purchase Premium Plus on the following flights beginning on Dec. 3, for travel beginning March 30. The 787-10 features United’s flagship Polaris business-class seats as well as its new Premium Plus section, a premium-economy cabin with roomier seats and enhanced amenities. 1 of 41. *Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. The seat is bigger and more comfortable in every way. Answer: United Premium Plus is a new premium economy experience that includes added space, comfort and amenities to provide our customers with more options. Knee room in United Premium Plus seat … On 777s they are 2-4-2. It is available only on select routes. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. 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