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United award flights
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:26:40 PM »
What is the consensus on waiting for United award flights to open up.  For example the bargain 80,000 miles economy award flights on United for Lag Bomer time(april 24-30)from New york to tel aviv are only with stop overs in Turkey and Germany.  Is it worth waiting for non-stop flights from Newark to tel aviv to maybe open up or grab now(flights with stop over) what is available lest I get nothing

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 01:29:13 PM »
What is the consensus on waiting for United award flights to open up.  For example the bargain 80,000 miles economy award flights on United for Lag Bomer time(april 24-30)from New york to tel aviv are only with stop overs in Turkey and Germany.  Is it worth waiting for non-stop flights from Newark to tel aviv to maybe open up or grab now(flights with stop over) what is available lest I get nothing

Book what's available and check everyday to see if something opens up. You can change flights for free before its within 21 days.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 04:28:15 PM »
as per United rep though there is still a 75 fee per ticket if you change airline from lets say Turkish Airlines to United even though Turkish airlines is a star alliance member even before 21 days of departure date.  My questions was in general if its worth waiting a month before my intended departure date to see what award flights open up on United.  Is a month time still worth waiting.  Anybody has any experience with this?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 04:43:35 PM »
What is the consensus on waiting for United award flights to open up.  For example the bargain 80,000 miles economy award flights on United for Lag Bomer time(april 24-30)from New york to tel aviv are only with stop overs in Turkey and Germany.  Is it worth waiting for non-stop flights from Newark to tel aviv to maybe open up or grab now(flights with stop over) what is available lest I get nothing
I've seen them open up 1-3 days before the flight many times.
Though i would have to agree with sky121 Better safe than sorry!
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 04:51:13 PM »
as per United rep though there is still a 75 fee per ticket if you change airline from lets say Turkish Airlines to United even though Turkish airlines is a star alliance member even before 21 days of departure date.
You were misinformed.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 04:56:58 PM »
Dan, I verified with a supervisor twice about 75 dollar fee for airline change.  Please provide me proof(link) that there is no fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
Dan, I verified with a supervisor twice about 75 dollar fee for airline change.  Please provide me proof(link) that there is no fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date
I've done it for many people via the callback line.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 06:04:11 PM »
Dan, I verified with a supervisor twice about 75 dollar fee for airline change.  Please provide me proof(link) that there is no fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date
It works the other way 'round, pal.
Next time you call UA, you ask them to provide proof (link) that there is a fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013, 05:42:00 AM »
It works the other way 'round, pal.
Next time you call UA, you ask them to provide proof (link) that there is a fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date
Seems to be right here
http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/awards/travel/ticketing.aspx

Adding, changing or deleting a connection, less than 21 days prior to departure(3)   $75   

Changing the cabin, award type, or changing a flight to a different airline, regardless of departure date(3)   $75   

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013, 07:17:33 AM »
Gotta question.
The CLE - EWR leg of our J award tik is in coach.
Assuming that preferred economy remain open, will they 'upgrade' us into these since we're anyhow entitled to biz class?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2013, 08:08:56 AM »
Dan, I verified with a supervisor twice about 75 dollar fee for airline change.  Please provide me proof(link) that there is no fee if you change airlines before 21 days of departure date
He doesnt owe you anything. Feel free to volunteer to pay fees.

United policies and practices arent related to each other.
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 08:17:34 AM »
United policies and practices arent related to each other.
So you agree that officially he has to pay the fee, but he should be able to slither out of it?

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 08:23:06 AM »
So you agree that officially he has to pay the fee, but he should be able to slither out of it?
I'm not entirely sure what the conversation is about, lately $75 fee is charged for route change within 21 days, $50 for same route within 21 days. The 50 is a mysterious charge not mentioned anywhere on the website AFAIK, but I'm not complaining
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Re: United award flights
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 08:26:59 AM »
I'm not entirely sure what the conversation is about, lately $75 fee is charged for route change within 21 days, $50 for same route within 21 days. The 50 is a mysterious charge not mentioned anywhere on the website AFAIK, but I'm not complaining

My bad. I thought he said the fee was for outside of 21 days, not within them.
Dan's correct that no fee is applied if it's outside of 21 days.

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Re: United award flights
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2013, 10:22:58 AM »
Gotta question.
The CLE - EWR leg of our J award tik is in coach.
Assuming that preferred economy remain open, will they 'upgrade' us into these since we're anyhow entitled to biz class?
I had a similar situation I called united and they changed my seat to preferred economy.