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United Gives Fliers A Leg Up

Five extra inches of legroom,
better access to overhead bins and faster deplaning is more attainable than
ever, thanks to United Airlines’ new Economy Plus Access program—the
instant ticket to award-winning, Economy Plus seating.Economy Plus Access, a year-long membership to Economy Plus seating, gives
customers access to United’s preferred seats, subject to availability, when
they book tickets.  Three different Economy Plus Access offerings are
available, including a package that bundles a Red Carpet Club membership.
  “Our customers have told us they want more access to Economy Plus, which
was voted best premium economy class in the world, in 2004, by readers of
Business Traveler magazine,” said Dennis Cary, United’s senior vice president-
Marketing.  “Now customers won’t have to hope for a chance at getting an
Economy Plus seat the day they depart.  Rather, they have another inroad into
this preferred-seating section.”
  “We know that United customers enjoy Economy Plus comfort especially as
other carriers reduce legroom in their economy cabins,” Cary added.  “United
is committed to being the best choice for customers who crave comfort while
traveling for business or pleasure.”
  Economy Plus is currently available to Mileage Plus Premier members and
full-fare customers.  This preferred seating is available on United(R) and
Ted(SM) aircraft, and United Express(R) 70-seat aircraft too.  Customers want
premium seating and United stands the best chance of accommodating their
requests, as the United fleet has more premium seating—including United
First(R), United Business(R) and Economy Plus—than any other U.S. carrier.
  Customers can select the one-year Economy Plus Access option that best
matches their needs:
  —Economy Plus Access ($299 annual fee) provides extra onboard comfort,
by enabling each member and one companion to sit in Economy Plus.
  —Economy Plus Access with Red Carpet Club Membership ($699) offers extra
comfort on board and in the airport.  The United Red Carpet Club(SM)
lounges and their high-end amenities—such as Wi-Fi service,
complimentary snacks, beverages and local phone calls—are available
in more than 40 airports worldwide.
  —Economy Plus Access with Premier Fast Track ($749) offers customers
extra comfort on board, and a quicker way to start reaping the benefits
of United’s Mileage Plus Premier(R) status.  Only 15,000 qualifying
miles or 15 flight segments, accrued during the Economy Plus Access
membership are required, compared to 25,000 or 30 segments without the
new program.