Seating options and upgrades

United offers a variety of ways to upgrade your seat or to a premium cabin.

You can use money or miles to purchase a ticket in one of our premium cabins (United Polaris® business class, United First®, or United Business®) when making your reservation, or change to a different seat or class of service after making your reservation.

The tables below provide an overview of all the ways you can modify your seat or class of service, based on your MileagePlus® status level. If you are not a MileagePlus member, join now to take advantage of all the MileagePlus program benefits.

For seating information for customers with disabilities, please view seating accommodations.

If you have any questions, please visit the pages listed under Seating option details below or call the United Customer Contact Center in your country or region.

MileagePlus members

MileagePlus members seated in United Economy may be able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus, take advantage of premium cabin seating offers*, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award or MileagePlus Upgrade Award. The availability of these options varies based on whether you're booking travel, have already booked travel, or are eligible for check-in.

Premier® members

MileagePlus Premier members enjoy extra benefits beyond what's available to all MileagePlus members. These perks include bonus award miles, Complimentary Premier Upgrades, priority travel services, fee waivers, discounts and other benefits when traveling with Star Alliance™ member airlines. See a full list of MileagePlus Premier benefits.

MileagePlus Premier members can take advantage of premium cabin seating offers*, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award, MileagePlus Upgrade Award, PlusPoints upgrades or Star Alliance Upgrade Award. The availability of these options varies based on whether you're booking travel, have already booked travel, or are eligible for check-in.

MileagePlus Premier members can also take advantage of complimentary Economy Plus seating, available starting at booking for Premier Gold and higher members and at check-in for Premier Silver members.

Non-members

Customers are able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus or take advantage of premium cabin seating offers* presented throughout the booking process.

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Seating option details

Footnotes

  • *Premium cabin seating offers vary by customer and itinerary.