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Regional Premier® Upgrades are one-way, one-cabin upgrades, confirmable as early as time of ticketing on eligible United-, United Express®- and Copa Airlines-operated flights.
Premier members will earn two Regional Premier Upgrades upon meeting all qualification requirements of Premier Platinum status, plus two more upon meeting all qualification requirements of Premier 1K® status. An additional two Regional Premier Upgrades will be awarded for each 25,000 Premier qualifying miles or 30 Premier qualifying segments earned thereafter. Learn more about Premier status.
Regional Premier Upgrades will be deposited at the time when they are earned, and will be valid through the end of the following Premier program year.
These upgrades are available on most United-, United Express- and Copa Airlines-operated flights in the following regions:
- Continental U.S.
- Central America
- South America (Copa flights only)
Regional Premier Upgrades can also be used on all flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii, as well as all p.s.® flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
See the upgrade regions chart for full details on upgrade eligibility, as well as exceptions to the regions listed above.
All paid, published tickets are eligible for Regional Premier Upgrades. Award tickets are not eligible for Regional Premier Upgrades.
How to request
Once the traveler’s ticket has been issued, members can redeem Regional Premier Upgrades by viewing the reservation on united.com and selecting the Upgrade Reservation link. Regional Premier Upgrades may also be redeemed by calling the United Customer Contact Center.
Regional Premier Upgrades may be confirmed as early as time of booking or time of upgrade request. If upgrade space is not available at time of request, members will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist will clear automatically by Premier status, then fare class*, then time of request. New waitlist requests for Regional Premier Upgrades can be made until 24 hours prior to departure.
Learn more about upgrade confirmation priority
*Fare class structure for Regional Premier Upgrades, in priority order, is J, C, D, Z, P (for upgrades from United Business® to United First® or United BusinessFirst® to United Global FirstSM on 3-cabin aircraft) and Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N (for upgrades from United Economy to the next class of service on all aircraft).
Sponsoring another member
MileagePlus members may request an upgrade for any other traveler using a Regional Premier Upgrade, even if they are not traveling on the same reservation. In order to sponsor a Regional Premier Upgrade for another traveler, the sponsoring member will need to sign in to united.com using their own account, then search for the reservation using the traveling member’s confirmation number and last name. The sponsoring member can then redeem the Regional Premier Upgrade by selecting the Upgrade Reservation link. Waitlist confirmation priority is based on the Premier status of the redeeming account.
- Each Regional Premier Upgrade is valid for a single one-way, one-cabin upgrade.
- Regional Premier Upgrades are earned based on flights taken between January 1 and December 31 of the same calendar year.
- Members must fly at least four flights on United, United Express or Copa Airlines during a calendar year in order to be eligible to earn Regional Premier Upgrades.
- Regional Premier Upgrades will be deposited at the time when they are earned, and will be valid for travel through the end of the following Program year. For example, a Regional Premier Upgrade earned in June 2013 will be valid for travel through January 2015.
- Regional Premier Upgrades in certain types of sales accounts may have different expiration policies.
- Regional Premier Upgrades may be redeemed at united.com or by calling the United Customer Contact Center.
- New waitlist requests for Regional Premier Upgrades can be made until 24 hours prior to departure.
- Regional Premier Upgrades are valid only on select United-, United Express- or Copa Airlines-operated flights.
- Regional Premier Upgrades are fully transferable and may be used for travel with or without the earning Premier member.
- In the case of redeposit or cancellation, the Regional Premier Upgrade will be returned to the account from which it was redeemed.
- A Regional Premier Upgrade will be considered used if any segment of an itinerary is upgraded and flown.
- Regional Premier Upgrades are subject to capacity controls, which may limit the number of seats available for upgrade.
- Award tickets, flights that have already been upgraded, and certain fares such as industry discount, Hotwire and priceline.com fares, are not eligible for Regional Premier Upgrades.
- The number of MileagePlus award miles, Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned is based on the fare class of the ticket originally purchased, not the upgraded class.
- Other restrictions may apply. Terms and other information are subject to change without notice.