My struggles on United Airlines last year were well-chronicled (here and here) and I wasn’t alone. After the March reservation system switch-over a good number of people saw a dramatic change in their upgrade percentage.
So, until Doug Parker ruins my favorite airline, American Airlines will be my primary carrier this year. When I received an e-mail this morning from AA, it showed that all 4 of my flights this week had already been upgraded, including my return flights home this Thursday. While I did have plenty of upgrades on United last year, I don’t think any of them were at the 96-hour upgrade window for 1K members. Alternatively, I’m now officially 4 for 4 at the 100-hour window AA maintains for it’s Exec Plat members. This isn’t all that surprising, since I maintained a 99% upgrade percentage on AA since 2008.
It’s a refreshing start to the year!
ETA: Oh, and both my flights tomorrow have wi-fi. The single best innovation on airplanes since the lie-flat bed.