On United, the upgrade waitlist displays the first initial as well as the first three characters of the last name. That often results in a game of scrabble, but sometimes unscrambling is not even necessary.
A reader in Singapore shared a humorous upgrade list from his flight from Singapore to San Francisco earlier today. It includes four names, all of which form words without any sort of re-arranging.
Lest you think this a very odd post, there is a whole thread dedicated to occurrences like this on Flyertalk. People get excited when they see SMI/J or MUN/O on the upgrade, thinking it might be Jeff Smisek or Oscar Munoz. In most cases, though, J/SMI is John Smith and not the disgraced former CEO…
I’ve seen names including DEA/D, LAR/D, MIL/K, and STO/P.
I know this is a bit of an inside joke for frequent United flyers, but I chuckled at the image above and thought you might as well.
If you are ever bored before a flight or while boarding, have a look at the upgrade waitlist (available on airport monitors and the United app) and try your luck at seeing how many words you can piece together.
What sort of words have you seen on the upgrade waitlist? I’ve also seen some dirty words that I will not repeat here and ask you also to abstain from posting below…