United Is Now Selling Premium Economy Fares And Awards; All 4 United Tel Aviv Frequencies Will Feature Polaris And Premium Plus Seating!

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United has started selling their new Premium Economy cabin, which they are branding as Premium Plus.

It features a seat similar to United’s domestic first class. It is a wider seat with more recline, upgraded Saks 5th Avenue bedding, an amenity kit, a larger entertainment screen, free alcoholic beverages, mid-flight snacks, upgraded dining, extra legroom, individual power and USB outlets, and a legrest/footrest.

Premium Plus Cabin On A United 777

The new cabin officially launches on March 30th, though you may get lucky and get seated in Premium Plus before then. If you do, you don’t get the full Premium Plus experience, though you will get a much nicer seat. You may see this seatmap on earlier flights, but until 3/30 it is not guaranteed as the aircraft may be swapped out with one that does not have Premium Plus seating.

You can view Premium Plus launch dates for various routes here.

Elite members do not get free access to the Premium Plus cabin. They will have to use an upgrade certificate, which will be valid for Premium Plus and/or Polaris. You can specify which cabins you are willing to accept.

There is no fare class requirement to use an upgrade certificate and move from Economy to Premium Plus. There is no fare class requirement to use an upgrade certificate and move from Premium Plus to Polaris.

Premium Plus bookings earn 150% Premier qualifying miles and get 2 free checked bags as well as Premier access checkin and boarding. Club access is not included, but will be discounted. If you have domestic connections you will get free Economy Plus seating on those flights.

You can check the progress of adding a Premium Plus cabin to United’s widebody fleet here by clicking on “Track Aircraft Milestones.”

United is going all-in with Premium Plus and Polaris Business seating to Tel Aviv.

United 777-300 Polaris Class
  • United afternoon flights 84/85 between Newark and Tel Aviv will be on a 787-10 (78J) starting on 3/30/19. This will feature 44 Polaris Business seats (with lie-flat direct aisle access from all seats in a 1-2-1 configuration), 21 Premium Plus seats (with domestic first class style seating in a 2-3-2 configuration), 54 Economy Plus seats (with coach seats that have extra legroom in a 3-3-3 configuration), and 199 Economy Minus seats (in a 3-3-3 configuration).
  • United red-eye flights 90/91 between Newark and Tel Aviv will be on a 777-300 (77W). This will feature 60 Polaris Business seats (with lie-flat direct aisle access from all seats in a 1-2-1 configuration), 24 Premium Plus seats (with domestic first class style seating in a 2-4-2 configuration), 62 Economy Plus seats (with coach seats that have extra legroom in a 3-4-3 configuration), and 204 Economy Minus seats (in a 3-4-3 configuration).
  • United flights 72/73 between Washington DC and Tel Aviv will be on a (pre-merger United) 777-200 starting on 5/22/19. This will feature 49 Polaris Business seats (with lie-flat direct aisle access from all seats in a 1-2-1 configuration), 24 Premium Plus seats (with domestic first class style seating in a 2-4-2 configuration), 46 Economy Plus seats (with coach seats that have extra legroom in a 3-4-3 configuration), and 152 Economy Minus seats (in a 3-4-3 configuration).
  • United flights 954/955 between San Francisco and Tel Aviv will be on a 777-300 starting on 3/30/19. This will feature 60 Polaris Business seats (with lie-flat direct aisle access from all seats in a 1-2-1 configuration), 24 Premium Plus seats (with domestic first class style seating in a 2-4-2 configuration), 62 Economy Plus seats (with coach seats that have extra legroom in a 3-4-3 configuration), and 204 Economy Minus seats (in a 3-4-3 configuration).

If you’re flying between Newark-Tel Aviv, here’s which flight will be more comfortable:

  • Business class, you’ll be slightly better off on the red-eye flight as that seat should be slightly wider as the 77W is wider than the 78J.
  • Premium Plus, you’ll be better of with the afternoon flight with the 2-3-2 configuration versus 2-4-2 configuration on the red-eye.
  • Economy Plus, you’ll be better off with the afternoon flight with the 3-3-3 configuration than on the red-eye flight with a a 3-4-3 configuration.
  • Economy, you’ll be better off with the afternoon flight with the 3-3-3 configuration than on the red-eye flight with a 3-4-3 configuration.
  • Business class with kids in a carseat won’t officially be allowed on the 77W or 78J. United is violating FAA policy with this restriction. You can file a complaint here if this affects you.

Sample nonstop Premium Economy fares:

  • Newark to Tel Aviv from 3/31-4/7 is $2,205 round-trip.
  • Washington DC to Tel Aviv from 5/22-5/26 is $2,316 round-trip.
  • San Francisco to Tel Aviv from 3/31-4/7 is $2,538 round-trip.

One-way award pricing between North America and Israel on United:

  • Coach: 42.5K Saver, up to 95K Standard
  • Premium Economy: 60K Saver, up to 150K Standard
  • Business: 75K Saver, up to 180K Standard

Married segment pricing seems to be heavily applied to Premium Economy awards.

For example a nonstop flight from Newark to Tel Aviv prices out at 150K for Premium Economy:

 

 

But if you fly from Chicago to Tel Aviv via Cleveland and Newark, you’ll pay just 60K for Premium Economy. This pricing will only apply if you are a Chase United cardholder:

 

You can search for a 30 day view of Premium Economy pricing, though the 60K dates always seem to have 2 stops:

Which cabin will you travel in on your next flight?

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myi

About time for some other options, more affordable.

el

is there a way to get around the married segment flights?
do you have a post on that?

jb

im confused..there are going to be 4 classes,,ecnomy, , eco plus , premium plus and business? When i searched the new dates i only saw eco, prem eco and business

AB

What happens to waitlisted GPU’s? What class would they upgrade to?

Doovid

I just took the United flight from SFO to TLV and it was great. I didn’t see any benefit to economy plus as the seats were the same with only a few more inches of legroom. However this may be worth the additional cost.

Al

it sounds like my free, well earned benefit of being a million miler is going bye-bye!

Jay

How do you get a free million miler status?

Al

I flew over 1,000,000 miles… lifetime gold.

Duvi

Is it correct to state on the new 777-300ER configuration that row 30 and back is exactly the same as the old row 24 and back? any reason to think that row 30 will now have better legroom?

Avi

Will a GPU work to upgrade to premium plus from economy? Will a waitlist to business that doesn’t result in an upgrade upgrade to premium plus?

Alan

Yes, if available

Shaul Yaakov Morrison

Do you think Plan B will work for Premium?

Jake

Only the next day hahaha

Shuky

If I booked tix to Israel this summer (ewr to tlv) and paid out of pocket for the economy plus seating bulk head, will those become Premium seats and we automatically upgraded? Assuming not, for that price do you think we could have upgraded to Premium? What do you recommend we do?

ab

where do I find the availability for chase card holders

ari k

if your a chase card holder signing into your UA acct will automatically give you the chase ua card holder availability

bp27

Let’s hope that we will eventually see some Saver Awards for Premium Plus from EWR to TLV. We have already given up hope on ever seeing Saver availability on Business.

HolyNyc

@dan Love the line:) “Economy Minus”

gl

is there any way to upgrade from a low price class in economy to premium eco?

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