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First Class on United Int’l Flights: Gonzo

On October 22, United officially stopped offering United Polaris First Class as a separate cabin from Polaris Business Class. No surprise there, as back in December 2016 United announced that it would be updating its fleet over the next few years and phasing out the First Class cabin.

Even though we knew this was coming, this now makes the United mileage currency weaker, as you can only redeem miles for First Class on partner airlines, and often the award availability for a Star Alliance partner is not the same (Singapore Air). Plus, with some airlines (Lufthansa), First Class partner award seats only get released within two weeks of departure.

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