United Premium Plus to launch March 2019
United Airlines announced that United® Premium Plus, its new Premium Economy product, can now be booked on select international flights beginning March 30, 2019. The seating option will be available on more than 20 routes by the end of May 2019.
Andrew Nocella, United's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, commented in a statement on the launch: "United® Premium Plus gives our customers more options so they can choose the best experience that fits their wants and needs when they travel. United® Premium Plus includes some of our high-end amenities from United Polaris, and is the perfect option for someone who wants an upgraded experience in the Economy cabin."
In addition to the enhanced onboard experience, United® Premium Plus guests will receive complimentary standard checked bags and Premier Access check-in and priority boarding. These passengers will also be eligible for discounted access to United Club locations.
The United® Premium Plus cabin features seats with more leg and elbow room that recline more than a standard Economy Plus® or Economy seat. Passengers will be fed a welcome meal, mid-flight snack and pre-arrival dining service with complimentary beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages. They will also receive amenities such as a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and plush pillow, noise-reducing headphones and an amenity kit.
The new seats feature larger screens, individual power and USB outlets, dedicated overhead bins and extra storage. Earlier this summer, the seating debuted on select 777-200ER and 777-300ER aircraft; this November, United also took delivery of its first 787-10 aircraft which has United Polaris Business Class and United® Premium Plus seats installed.
MileagePlus members will also have the option to book award travel in United® Premium Plus by using their MileagePlus miles. For upgrades, either a single Global Premier Upgrade or a MileagePlus Upgrade Award can be used to move up to a United® Premium Plus seat or to United's Polaris Business Class cabin.