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"You may redeem miles for travel in United Global FirstSM, United First®, United Business® or United BusinessFirst® , even if the space is not available. In these cases, United Economy in the same award type must be confirmed, and the front cabin will be waitlisted. For example, a Saver United First award must be confirmed in Saver United Economy to be eligible for waitlisting. If the courtesy waitlist does not clear, it will expire 24 hours before itinerary departure, and you will automatically be added to the airport upgrade standby list upon check-in. In these cases, you will be confirmed on a space-available basis by a United airport representative at the gate once the flight has closed for check-in. For United BusinessFirst and United Business travel awards, the difference in miles will be refunded when the United BusinessFirst or United Business class segment of the trip could not be confirmed. Waitlist requests may only be made over the phone with your local United Reservations office"


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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1515 on: August 11, 2015, 04:30:48 PM »
Does anyone know the answer to any of these questions?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1516 on: August 11, 2015, 04:40:03 PM »
 Thanx iherman for walking me through my first plan b! And of course thank you dan!

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1517 on: August 13, 2015, 09:24:36 AM »
So i booked a plan B ewr-tlv, i believe it was setup correctly. Tried to get PR-1 status at the airport, premier checkin counter were nice but a waste of time. At the lounge, also very nice and called the mileage plus center for help. The rep wasn't aware, I quoted the line 81 and she looked at that but wasn't convinced. She looked into it with her supervisor. After a long back and forth, she said they could only put me into pr-2. I went to the other lounge and off the bat the agent said only pr-2.

After all that time, I gave up. It did not clear, I was 4th on the list.

Obviously people get it done, so it must be doable, just posting my experience.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1518 on: August 13, 2015, 10:47:59 AM »
So i booked a plan B ewr-tlv, i believe it was setup correctly. Tried to get PR-1 status at the airport, premier checkin counter were nice but a waste of time. At the lounge, also very nice and called the mileage plus center for help. The rep wasn't aware, I quoted the line 81 and she looked at that but wasn't convinced. She looked into it with her supervisor. After a long back and forth, she said they could only put me into pr-2. I went to the other lounge and off the bat the agent said only pr-2.

After all that time, I gave up. It did not clear, I was 4th on the list.

Obviously people get it done, so it must be doable, just posting my experience.
From what I understand EWR-TLV is hard during peak travel season. Other routes and times are usually a lot easier.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1519 on: August 13, 2015, 11:33:40 AM »
From what I understand EWR-TLV is hard during peak travel season. Other routes and times are usually a lot easier.
And Premier Check-In in EWR is even worse.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1520 on: August 13, 2015, 07:30:22 PM »
From what I understand EWR-TLV is hard during peak travel season. Other routes and times are usually a lot easier.
Peak or not, shouldn't make a difference as to what PR status he should get.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1521 on: August 13, 2015, 07:37:06 PM »
Peak or not, shouldn't make a difference as to what PR status he should get.
True, but even PR-2 should clear non-peak.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1522 on: August 16, 2015, 09:53:20 AM »
I set up a plan B for NYC-LAX-MEL. I fly tomorrow. The NYC-LAX cleared sometime early this morning and I got an email. Now when I look at my reservation in my account, it does not say "I class requested" for the LAX-MEL portion, even though it is more than 24 hours until departure. It's back to XN class.  Is this usual? Any ideas why this happened and what to do about it?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1523 on: August 16, 2015, 10:00:02 AM »
I set up a plan B for NYC-LAX-MEL. I fly tomorrow. The NYC-LAX cleared sometime early this morning and I got an email. Now when I look at my reservation in my account, it does not say "I class requested" for the LAX-MEL portion, even though it is more than 24 hours until departure. It's back to XN class.  Is this usual? Any ideas why this happened and what to do about it?
Have you checked in for the NYC-LAX part? Are you on the upgrade list? In any case, I would PUTPAC to have it put back.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1524 on: August 16, 2015, 10:09:14 AM »
Have you checked in for the NYC-LAX part? Are you on the upgrade list? In any case, I would PUTPAC to have it put back.
Check in isn't available yet; my flight is at 5pm tomorrow. But, I can click on flight status when I'm viewing my reservation. No one is on the upgrade list and it says seats are available.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1525 on: August 16, 2015, 10:52:00 AM »
I have a question: if I booked 2 passangers on plan b and it said I class requested, then only one seat cleared and now I checked online and it dosent say I class requested but it says: this flight segment is waitlisted.
Anyone have experience?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1526 on: August 17, 2015, 02:01:21 AM »
I am SOOOO mad, so I figured I'll share my story here. I had a friend with Plan B set up, got PR1 status and was number 1 on the list. Everything looks good, there were still seats available in business class, he was sure that his upgrade is going to be confirmed. All of the sudden, his name disappeared from the list. I am not going to go in to my theories as to why they took him off the list, but that is what they did. The gate agent claimed some BS that he did not pay for business class and some other BS.  >:( >:( >:( >:(  He was arguing with them for 25 minutes and NOTHING! WOW, United you amazed me AGAIN!
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1527 on: August 17, 2015, 03:38:59 AM »
I am SOOOO mad, so I figured I'll share my story here. I had a friend with Plan B set up, got PR1 status and was number 1 on the list. Everything looks good, there were still seats available in business class, he was sure that his upgrade is going to be confirmed. All of the sudden, his name disappeared from the list. I am not going to go in to my theories as to why they took him off the list, but that is what they did. The gate agent claimed some BS that he did not pay for business class and some other BS.  >:( >:( >:( >:(  He was arguing with them for 25 minutes and NOTHING! WOW, United you amazed me AGAIN!
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1528 on: August 18, 2015, 12:28:32 PM »
if i dont have the miles to pay for plan B, is there any way without paying the dif to get to the top of the upgrade list?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1529 on: August 18, 2015, 12:33:13 PM »
Not having much luck here. I tried like 10 times and nobody knew what I was talking about and kept on saying we cant do that.


After the 10th time...
The telephone number you entered or your internet address has been restricted from placing further calls.

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What's the odds of getting bumped up jfk/lax next Tuesdays with 8 seats available? If very slim I wont even try plan b

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