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I will try to keep short:
Uncle bought a ticket, back in March, in S Fare Class to attend his daughters wedding in Israel this week.
In June, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
His first round of chemo ends today and he flies tomorrow (UA 90 EWR-TLV 8/14/19 22:50)
We paid 35k Miles and $600 to get him upgraded. His upgrade has not cleared.
Checked United expert mode, no upgrade availability. Showing J5, JN5, C2.
He is already very weak and any flight will be difficult on his body and prevent him from enjoying his daughters wedding. Flying in business will help a little bit if he is able to lie down and be comfortable.
Can use some help figuring out if he's going to actually get upgraded?
what are his odds?
Is there a way to increase his odds?
Buying a business class seat outright is not in the budget. So any help, tips or tricks would be extremely helpful and appreciated. The sooner the better as check in for this flight is in 5 hours. Thank you in advance for any help anyone can be.

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 04:57:39 PM »
I'm sorry to hear about his situation. Refuah Shelaima.

As for chance of upgrades, they are poor at this point because most other upgrade requests will clear before his. Once check-in time arrives, you'll be able to see the priority list for upgrades. Sometimes at check-in, United will offer a paid upgrade at a reduced cost. You could use 180K UA miles to buy an award ticket and cancel this one, but that's a lot of miles.

This route during this time is very difficult to upgrade (unfortunately). There is no magic trick that I know of that will help you skip the line. Good luck

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 05:04:02 PM »
Thank you for your kind words.

I had a feeling. Is there a way to buy a GPU from a "trustworthy" marketplace?

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 05:19:36 PM »
S class is too low for a GPU.
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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 05:20:45 PM »
S class is too low for a GPU.
Upgrading from S to W shouldn't be more than $50.

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 05:30:01 PM »
Upgrading from S to W shouldn't be more than $50.
only E Available at the moment.
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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 05:37:42 PM »
Upgrading from S to W shouldn't be more than $50.

+ $300 change fee

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2019, 05:42:28 PM »
+ $300 change fee
Same flight upgrade there is no change fee

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 07:19:19 PM »
I will try to keep short:
Uncle bought a ticket, back in March, in S Fare Class to attend his daughters wedding in Israel this week.
In June, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
His first round of chemo ends today and he flies tomorrow (UA 90 EWR-TLV 8/14/19 22:50)
We paid 35k Miles and $600 to get him upgraded. His upgrade has not cleared.
Checked United expert mode, no upgrade availability. Showing J5, JN5, C2.
He is already very weak and any flight will be difficult on his body and prevent him from enjoying his daughters wedding. Flying in business will help a little bit if he is able to lie down and be comfortable.
Can use some help figuring out if he's going to actually get upgraded?
what are his odds?
Is there a way to increase his odds?
Buying a business class seat outright is not in the budget. So any help, tips or tricks would be extremely helpful and appreciated. The sooner the better as check in for this flight is in 5 hours. Thank you in advance for any help anyone can be.
What about availability on QF?

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2019, 07:22:15 PM »
Checkin at T-24 and see if there's a paid upgrade offer.
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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 07:56:44 PM »
Decent upgrade offer is only from Z class and down ($989)

Looks like there are 7 seats available in Business, so you'll need to wait until it opens up in Z or P class which might only be 2 hours before the flight

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2019, 08:50:23 PM »
Checkin at T-24 and see if there's a paid upgrade offer.
Paid upgrade offer=Fare difference to lowest available Business fare class.

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 10:04:28 AM »
Thank you everyone for the help/advice. Still holding out hope, now 3 seats left...

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Re: Important time sensitive upgrade question from United S fare class
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 10:09:19 AM »
How much is the paid upgrade?
What number is he on the upgrade list?
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