A big H/T to FlyerTalk’s ClaudiSTR who shared this nugget of great information based on her conversations with the UA Mileage Plus’ 1K desk.

It appears that beginning on August 1 (or thereabout), Mileage Plus members who wish to use a Global Premier Upgrade certificate will be able to do so electronically when booking or updating a reservation.  Up to this point, a paper certificate had to be requested from United which would be mailed to the Mileage Plus member.   The certificate would then need to be presented to the LH team at the airport on the day of travel for processing.  With this new change, all of that goes away (finally!!)

I don’t have too many more details at this point as far as how this affects transferring the GPU to someone else or what the exact process will look like once launched. If I learn anymore, I’ll pass it along.

If anyone has any other insights into this great change for UA Mileage Plus members, please share them!