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start a online res and you will get the option of upgrading for.....anywhere between $39 and $79 depending on route and how far your going. IE: hnl to lax. $89 last year.Edited: 29 April 2014, 01:08
Correct. Just do a "dummy booking" using any name, birthdate etc and you'll get to the screen with the cost.
$88.50 added to the economy fare for 5" of leg space would be about 20% increase. Ever since United swallowed Continental, things have gone to pot flying out of cleveland, dropping from 3 direct flights a day to one, and probably none in the next month or so when United drops Cleveland as a hub. I think there are enough gamblers in Northern Ohio and western Pa to justify direct flights at a halfway reasonable price. If I have to spend 8-10 hours in planes and airports twice in a week, its just not appealing to go to Vegas even if the rooms are comped.Edited: 29 April 2014, 02:33
As a frequent flyer on UAL I can honestly tell you that economy plus seating is almost always NOT worth the extra cost.
Unless you can get the Aisle seats in the very front row or exit rows with lots of leg room you are better off just saving your money. You won't even notice the extra 5" of leg room in the other seats.
I fly on United a lot. Only you can determine if it is worth the price to upgrade to Economy Plus seating. But it is definitely more comfortable than standard Economy seats. A few inches may not look like much, but it feels much different, especially on long flights.
I flew to Dubai (14.5 hours) in Economy and was miserable. I flew back (15.5 hours) in Economy Plus and it was fine.
The main reasons I asked this question is the the cheap seats are full on the only daily direct flight yet there are numerous seats available in the economy plus seats. then I got frustrated that I would need to book a cheap seat to find out how much the plus seats would cost. As difficult as United makes it to check the cost, my suspicion was it was a ridiculous amount.
I honestly didn't find it that difficult to check. It IS a bit of a pain. But a pain that took me all of about 45 seconds to do a dummy booking and get the cost.
" I think there are enough gamblers in Northern Ohio and western Pa to justify direct flights at a halfway reasonable price."
And there is the problem. Of course United would have more flights if it was profitable to do so. But as the airlines learned a few years ago, flying a full plane of people all getting a "reasonable price" isnt' earning them any money. That's why so many flights have been cut through the whole industry.