Pollster Frank Luntz took to twitter to “shamelessly” beg for an upgrade on United flight 950 from Washington Dulles to Brussels, enroute to a Brussels Airlines connecting flight to Kigali, Rwanda.
Given the timing of his tweet, and that premium cabins show as full after clearing upgrades, it looks like his chances were slim – he’d be counting on a passenger that was checked in not to show up (if he was even next on the upgrade list) and counting on an agent to process the last minute upgrade as well.
I am shamelessly begging @United for an upgrade on the first 8-hour leg of my trip to Rwanda.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 7, 2022
Luntz has worked in high profile roles for 30 years, polling for Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot, and Newt Gingrich’s takeover of Congress in the early-to-mid-1990s. He also worked for Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush.
I have to think that, under normal circumstances, Luntz insists on premium cabin travel. So kudos to him for being willing to speak at African Leadership University in Kigali, and doing so at low cost for them to boot. On the other hand, Luntz is not a poor man. Surely the man who has funded university scholarships, and lectures for significant honoraria, is worth low eight figures I’d imagine. It seems like he might have considered a buy up in advance? Hopefully, at a minimum, he’d put in a request using miles and cash co-pay if he doesn’t have PlusPoints available.
Some twitter comments found it unbecoming for a well-known TV pundit to publicly beg for an upgrade. At the point he did it, it was almost certainly too late. (Perhaps he’d have been better off pinging former White House spokesperson and current United SVP Josh Earnest in any case.)
However, facing the prospect of an overnight flight… on United… not in a premium cabin? Sure, I don’t blame a man for resorting to any last ditch effort he can think of.