Global Services 2023: My Thoughts As I Wait On Renewal

by Anthony Losanno
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I have been a United Global Services® (GS) member for many years. Business travel used to keep me in the air several days a week (every week) with many tickets purchased last minute and in premium cabins. Since the pandemic, my travel patterns have changed. I don’t fly as often as I used to, but I have bumped up personal travel even more to counteract this drop.

Air France

I Cheated

I was not faithful to United this year. Maybe, it was the poor service I received on several flights or just how vile the Polaris® meals had become. Whatever it was, 2022 saw me branch out a bit and fly more Delta flights as well as Air France, KLM, JetBlue, and American. I also flew several longhaul Star Alliance flights on TAP Portugal and Lufthansa that earned me United Miles, but didn’t count towards requalifying for GS.

Status Update

Now is the moment of reckoning. Will United keep me as a GS member or will I go back to 1K® for 2023? The MyStatus site was down for maintenance earlier today.

Review In Progress

I checked back and was greeted with this message. I guess I’m not out of the running but other years I had confirmation on the first day invites were extended.

Do I Care?

I mostly buy first and business class tickets (so I don’t worry about upgrades). The benefits that I most value with Global Services® are:

  • Pre-boarding in order to get my carry-on bag stowed
  • PN upgrade space for my spouse and family
  • The United Club℠ membership that comes with GS
  • Dedicated check-in areas (especially the reception areas in hubs)


Anthony’s Take: Overall, I have enjoyed being a Global Services® member, but the benefits are not what they used to be. I will be happy if I make it again for 2023, but I don’t think I’ll be as upset as I might have a few years back if I don’t make the cut.

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