United's New 'Premium Plus' Starts This Weekend — Here's What to Expect

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This weekend, passengers will be able to experience United’s new class of service, Premium Plus, for the first time.

The premium economy seat will be available on select international flights, offering economy passengers (who pay a bit more) a step up from what’s currently offered in the class.

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“United Premium Plus gives our customers more options so they can choose the best experience that fits their wants and needs when they travel,” Andrew Nocella, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at United, said in a statement last year.

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Premium Plus combines some of the amenities from Polaris Business Class (like a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow) with a seat that’s two inches more spacious than what’s back in economy. Premium Plus passengers have a leg and foot rest and larger seatback entertainment screen. Plus, they’ll be offered noise-reducing headphones for use during the flight.

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When it comes time for meal service, Premium Plus passengers will get to dine on real plates with real silverware — and wipe their mouths on a cloth napkin. According to The Points Guy, this class of service will include a multi-course meal, with entree choices like chicken katsu, portobello mushroom and caramelized onion ravioli, or cider-glazed chicken. And seating in this class also includes unlimited drinks, including alcohol.

And the Premium Plus experience starts even before passengers are onboard. Although they will not get access to United’s Polaris lounges, they will have two free checked bags.

By the end of May 2019, Premium Plus will be available on 21 different international routes, including New York Newark to Hong Kong, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo and San Francisco to Auckland, Beijing, Taipei, and London.

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