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A free 15 minute upgrade for some United MileagePlus Premier members

by on Tue June 16, 2015 • No Comment


London Heathrow Airport has extended a special deal for Star Alliance Gold members, which includes Gold, Platinum, and 1K Premier members of United MileagePlus.


Until June 30, 2015 – you can get a free onboard upgrade to Business First class on the Heathrow Express train to and from London Paddington station.

All you have to do is buy a regular Express class ticket for your ride that doesn’t use a discount code.

Then, once you’re on the train, seat yourself in the Business First class car and when the ticket taker comes around just present your Premier card with the Star Alliance Gold logo on it.

You’re good to go.

This is a deal that’s been floating around for a few months now to celebrate the opening of the new Terminal 2 for Star Alliance airlines. And Heathrow has just extended this offer until June 30th.

Business First class costs about $30 more round trip than regular Express class tickets.


It’s rare you’d want to pay that much though.

Business First class gets you a roomier car with single seating, work tables, complimentary newspapers, and perhaps most notably, fewer crowds on peak trains.


It’s a 15 minute ride so there’s not much to be said for paying for comfort on a journey that short. Maybe you’ll encounter a delay so you can relish in it a bit longer.

But it’s there, and it’s free if you have Star Alliance Gold status for doing nothing more than sitting in the nicer car with your Gold card in hand.

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