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        United Airlines has had a rough go the last few years. Their in-flight product and service are considered by many?to be sub-par compared to competitors. Additionally, their online platform has failed repeatedly, which has caused confusion for travelers.

        As with any airline, first class is a much better way to experience United. However, they are in the process of phasing out their first class product in favor of their new Polaris business class product.

        Let’s dig into how you can book United’s first class product before it is no longer available.

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        United Global First Cabin
        Each seat in United Global First has direct aisle access and is lie-flat. Image courtesy of United Airlines.

        If you’re looking for an out of this world experience like Emirates first class, the United first class experience is going to be a bit of a letdown. United Airlines provides a decent product, but you?won’t get the luxury experience here as you would on Emirates for example.

        Each seat is lie-flat and has direct aisle access, but they aren’t enclosed suites like many first class products. Don’t get us wrong, lie-flat seats with direct aisle access are a great way to fly, but this is standard for a good business class seat too. A top first class seat needs more than that!

        Fortunately, if you’re flying United first class, you get some nice perks when you arrive at the airport. You’ll be offered Premier Access check-in, Premier Access priority boarding, and Premier Access baggage handling. Where available, you will also enjoy a Premier Access security lane to make the screening process quicker.

        United Airlines Polaris Lounge
        The new Polaris lounge in Chicago is a great place to relax. Image courtesy of usatoday.com.

        While waiting for your flight, you can relax in the United Global First Lounge or the Polaris Lounge. Rather than fight through the crowds, you can enjoy complimentary?drinks and food. If you need to take care of some work, you’ll also have a bit more peace and quiet to do so.

        Unfortunately, cards like?The Platinum Card? from American Express do not offer entry to any of these premium lounges. However, the?Chase United MileagePlus? Club Card and the?Chase United MileagePlus? Club Business Card do provide access to United Clubs?– this does not include Polaris Lounges.

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        As a member of Star Alliance,?there are tons of partner programs you can use to book a first class flight on United.

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        One of the easiest ways to book a United flight is through their own MileagePlus program.?It’s a simple process with their online award booking platform.

        United Award Chart
        United’s own MileagePlus program can provide some good redemptions for first class.

        You can book your flight online by following these steps:

        1. Visit United’s website
        2. Sign in to your account
        3. Select “Search for award travel”
        4. Select your travel dates and your desired route
        5. Select “First” as your cabin of choice
        6. Select your flight (make sure it is operated by United!)
        7. Review your flight choice

        You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio if you need more United miles for an award booking.

        淫羊Hot Tip: 淫羊Use our 淫羊Transfer Partner Calculator to quickly determine how many miles you’ll get for transferring between programs.

        Make sure you confirm award availability on United’s site before you transfer Ultimate Rewards.

        If you’re looking for some other?fun ways to travel, check out the best way to redeem United miles.

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        Before you jump in and use United miles to book first class, check out Air Canada’s Aeroplan program. You might find it provides a better deal.

        Aeroplan Award Chart
        If you have Amex Membership Rewards points, Aeroplan could be your ticket to first class.

        The booking process is simple and can be done online. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

        1. Visit Aeroplan’s site
        2. Log into your Aeroplan account (you’ll need your account number)
        3. Under “Use Your Miles” select “Travel”
        4. Select your travel dates, cities, and class of service
        5. Select your flight and complete your booking

        Aeroplan passes on carrier-imposed surcharges for many partner award bookings. Luckily, United is exempt from this, so your out-of-pocket cost will be more reasonable.

        If you are short on Aeroplan miles, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers are almost instant.

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        Finally, while it may not be the most well-known program, Asiana Club miles can be a great way to book United first class.

        Asiana-Airlines-Award-Chart
        Asiana Club provides a great redemption option to Europe.

        To book a United flight, you will need to call Asiana since they do not allow partner bookings online.

        You must reserve and have your ticket issued 3 days prior to departure, which prevents snagging last-minute awards.

        Here’s how it works:

        1. Search for availability using United’s site (see above for the steps)
        2. Call Asiana at 1-800-227-4262
          • The U.S. call center is open between 8:30am-5:30pm PT (Monday-Friday)
        3. Tell the phone representative you’d like to book an award with their Star Alliance partner United
        4. Provide your travel dates and flight numbers
        5. Once you confirm space, you will be prompted to give your credit card information for any necessary taxes and fees

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        You can also book first class flights on United with ANA Mileage Club, Singapore KrisFlyer, or Avianca LifeMiles.

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        While your first instinct might be to use United MileagePlus miles to book first class flights on United, that might not always give you the best deal. Let’s look at some of the best options for booking these flights.

        Asiana Club really comes through if you want to fly from the U.S. to London:

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        United MileagePlus80,000 miles
        Air Canada Aeroplan70,000 miles
        Asiana Club淫羊50,000 miles淫羊

        United’s MileagePlus program can also be a great way to book first class from the midwest to Tokyo.

        淫羊Chicago to Tokyo-Narita (one-way)淫羊
        United MileagePlus90,000 miles
        Air Canada Aeroplan105,000 miles
        Asiana Club淫羊80,000 miles淫羊

        If you’d like to visit China from the west coast, both United and Asiana miles are a great way to help you get there.

        淫羊San Francisco to Beijing (one-way)淫羊
        United MileagePlus90,000 miles
        Air Canada Aeroplan105,000 miles
        Asiana Club淫羊80,000 miles淫羊

        While Aeroplan might not provide the best redemption rates compared to United and Asiana, it’s a great program if you have lots of Amex Membership Rewards points.

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        To top off your United MileagePlus account, you can transfer points from cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards:

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        Chase Sapphire Preferred? - This is our 淫羊favorite beginners travel rewards card淫羊 which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

        This 淫羊sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases淫羊 (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you 淫羊multiple round-trip flights淫羊 or hotel stays.
        Chase Sapphire Reserve? - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee.
        淫羊Chase Freedom Unlimited?淫羊 - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Earn 1.5% cash-back on all purchases, but you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.

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        淫羊Ink Business Preferred? Credit Card - This is our 淫羊#1 recommended business card淫羊 and right now comes with a 淫羊100,000 sign up bonus淫羊 after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. 淫羊This bonus is worth $1,250淫羊 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Pay your cell phone bill with this card to receive up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.
        Ink Business Cash? Credit Card - earn 淫羊$500 bonus cash back淫羊 after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This no annual fee business card earns up to 淫羊5% cash back on a range of business expenses淫羊 such as office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services.

        …or cards that earn United miles directly:

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        You can?earn Marriott points?and transfer those to United at a transfer rate of 3:1.1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,500 MileagePlus miles bonus.

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        Marriott Bonvoy Boundless? Credit Card - Earn 淫羊100,000 bonus points淫羊 after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get 淫羊automatic silver elite status淫羊 each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary. Plus, earn 淫羊6X points per $1 at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels,淫羊 and 2X points per $1 on all other purchases.
        Marriott Bonvoy Bold? Credit Card - Earn 淫羊50,000 bonus points淫羊 when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Earn 淫羊3X points per $1 at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels淫羊, earn 2X on other travel purchases, then 1x on all other purchases. A solid card for Marriott loyalists looking for a 淫羊no-annual-fee card淫羊 offering Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status.
        Marriott Bonvoy Business? American Express? Card - earn 淫羊75,000 bonus points淫羊 when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.
        Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant? American Express? Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Earn 6x per $1 at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels plus 3x at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines. Annual fee is $450. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.

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        If you need more Aeroplan miles, you have plenty of cards to choose from that earn Membership Rewards points.

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        淫羊The Platinum Card? from American Express淫羊 - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months, 淫羊worth up to $600 towards travel.淫羊 Terms Apply.

        However — 淫羊you may be eligible for a much higher offer by using the CardMatch Tool.淫羊 Plus, there's no hard pull on your credit to check for personalized offers.

        This is our #1 card for accessing 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass). We leverage ~$3,000+ in value from the card every year. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click 淫羊here.
        American Express? Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 淫羊4x points at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery, and 4x points at U.S. supermarkets淫羊 (up to $25,000 per calendar year; then 1x. Terms Apply). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.

        With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and up to $100 airline fee credit per calendar year, it's a strong choice. For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.

        淫羊Business Owner?淫羊 See our article on Amex business cards that earn Membership Rewards.

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        United releases award space 338 days prior to departure. Since first class space can be tough to find, it’s best to start your search early and check back regularly if space is not immediately available.

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        While this isn’t a luxury experience, a comfortable seat on your long-haul flight might be all you need. Additionally, you’ll have a solid experience on the ground.

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        United Polaris Bar
        Have a cocktail at the Polaris Lounge bar while you wait for your flight. Image courtesy of usatoday.com.

        United?has already launched the new Polaris lounge at Chicago-O’Hare. They are expected to open 8 more locations in the next few years at Houston International, Los Angeles International, New York-Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles, Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, and Tokyo-Narita.

        From the choice of food at the buffet to the bar with an extensive selection of beer, wine, and spirits, the Polaris lounges are getting great reviews so far.

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        As a first class passenger, you will receive access to United’s Arrivals Lounge in both San Francisco and London-Heathrow. After a long flight, sometimes a shower is just what you need to refresh before a day of tourist activities or a business meeting.

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        United Global First might not be a premier first class product, but it is still a solid flight that will give you a comfortable ride.

        First class award space isn’t always easy to find, but you have plenty of options to book thanks to many partner programs.


        The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant? American Express? Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.?

        For rates and fees of the Platinum Card? from American Express, click?here.
        For rates and fees of American Express? Gold Card?, click?here.
        For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business? American Express? Card, click?here.


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        Depending on your route, the best way to book first class could be through United Airlines MileagePlus, Asiana Club, Aeroplan, or one of several other Star Alliance programs.

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        There are several credit cards you can use to earn the miles and points necessary to fly first class on United. First, you need to decide which program you are going to use.

        Here are the credit card programs that have partnered with some of United’s partner airlines:

        United MileagePlus – Chase Ultimate Rewards

        Air Canada Aeroplan – American Express Membership Rewards

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        On international first class flights, your journey will start with access to the Polaris lounge or Global First lounge.?Between all the good food options available during your lounge time and your flight, you will never be hungry!

        During your flight, you will also have a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access.

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        Always a fan of flying, it was only natural that Spencer was drawn to finding a way to improve the travel experience. Like many, he started this journey searching for cheap flights to take him around the world. This was fun for a while, but Spencer was intrigued by the idea of flying in business and first class! Throwing himself into what became an extensive research project, Spencer spent 3-4 hours per night learning everything he could about frequent flyer miles over the course of several months (he thinks this is normal).

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        1. Shawn Afshar淫羊 August 18, 2019

          How many points would I need to fly first class from Los Angeles (LAX) to Jakarta, Indonesia (CGK) with United?

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          • Hi Shawn,

            If you’re wanting to fly on United metal then you will need 90,000 United miles. But keep in mind that United no longer offers an International first-class, but rather their Polaris business class (which is still exceptional). If you want to fly a true first-class using United miles then you could fly ANA first-class for 140,000 miles.

            Thanks for reading!

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        2. When you say flying first class on ANA using United miles, does that mean looking for an award ticket through United Mileageplus and selecting a flight option with ANA?

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        3. Janet McNemar淫羊 January 14, 2020

          If I want to fly from Auckland, New Zealand to Tampa, Florida. Can I buy an economy ticket and then upgrade to first class with united mileage plus award miles? If so, what would the price be and how many miles is it to upgrade?

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          • Hi Janet,

            Yes, this is an option as long as upgrade space is available. The cost in miles to upgrade can vary depending on whether you’re flying with United or one of their partners. We actually have a dedicated post on this that helps walk you through the process of upgrading.

            But generally speaking, purchasing discounted business-class fares can cost less than buying an economy fare and upgrading with miles, so be sure to check those fares first.

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