This is the seat plan for my United flight from Newark to LA tomorrow. United typically operate 2 class 757 services between Newark and LA with flat beds in BusinessFirst. But, once per day they operate a three class international 777 on the route. This includes a Global First cabin.
During booking you will see the United Global First seats are unavailable or ‘Sold Out’.
However, about three days before the flight the cabin opens. Except, you cannot book in to it.
I tried yesterday, calling the reservations line, and the agent spent 20 minutes trying to get a seat for me to upgrade to released. No joy. I was happy to part with some United miles – let’s be fair they don’t have much value any more – and a co-pay.
Yes, that’s right – United turned down my cash!
I suspect that when I board tomorrow the Global First Cabin will be full of United employees. After all, it’s not nicknamed ‘Employee Class’ for nothing. I shall report back after it’s all over. Looking back on previous days the flight almost always goes out full.
So I think these are probably the most elusive seats on United.