United Airlines has launched another seating class — called Premium Plus — for some longer international flights. Think of Premium Plus as a step up from economy, without the cost of business or first class.
It’s all about amenities
United Premium Plus is yet another airline strategy to get flyers to spend more money if they want to avoid an uncomfortable experience.
The perks of Premium Plus begin before travelers board their flight. At the airport, Premium Plus ticket holders will receive two free standard checked bags, discounted access to United Club and priority boarding.
Once onboard, Premium Plus passengers will find more legroom and larger seats than those in basic economy. Premium Plus passengers are also provided items including free alcoholic drinks, an amenity kit, a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow and noise-reducing headphones.
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Starting in March 2019
Premium Plus seating is available only on certain flights, and pricing will vary according to the route and demand. The new seats will be an option on flights starting March 30, 2019. United plans to have Premium Plus on 21 flights by the end of 2019.
So many seats
United is not alone with its launch of Premium Plus. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and several other airlines also have premium economy classes.
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