I am a member of United's mileage plus but have no status, just accumulated miles. On past flights I have purchased E+ seats AFTER I have purchased normal economy tickets (usually some weeks after)
I have been browsing flights (not booked yet) for an upcoming 4 sector trip and when I select a specific itinerary and then select seats, E+ section is completely marked as unavailable.
Question: with no status do I have to actually purchase the ticket and then go back into travel options and purchase E+ separately? (as I have done in the past) or should I be able to select E+ seats during the initial purchase process?