I’ve returned from a relatively quick trip to Seoul and will have a full trip report coming soon, but I’d like to quickly put this poll out there to see if any of you would have jumped on this upgrade offer.
As background, I booked an upgradable coach W-fare and applied two Global Premier Upgrades (GPUs) for the roundtrip, which confirmed instantly at booking into the BusinessFirst cabin. The fare totaled $1,587.10 and I believe it was about $600ish more than the cheapest economy ticket. And if you’re unfamiliar, a W-fare is the lowest fare class in which you can use a GPU internationally.
On both the outbound and return, I received this upgrade offer prior to and during check-in:
(Side note: You’d think they’d show an actual Global First seat, wouldn’t you?)
I was quite content with my BusinessFirst seat and didn’t even consider it on the outbound. But on the return, since it was a special flight to begin with, I thought about clicking it for a hot second.
But then reality set back in and I realized $1,379 more for an extra meal course (soup), a better amenity kit and slightly more room just wasn’t worth it. Particularly on United where my last trip in Global First earlier this year was rather underwhelming.
Also, for what it’s worth, roundtrip Global First published fares from Reno to Seoul are about $10,400 for the single connection in SFO, or about $7,800 for a double connection each way transiting SFO and Tokyo Narita on United metal.
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