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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 #1530 on: August 18, 2015, 12:36:27 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 #1531 on: August 18, 2015, 12:53:30 PM »
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sorry meant to say also no status, just have a United MPE card. flight's today

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1532 on: August 18, 2015, 01:20:38 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?
No

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1533 on: August 18, 2015, 01:26:38 PM »
Wow! I didn't know they blocked numbers from calling. Way to go for figuring that out!
Via IP address, too many to soon.

UPDATE: I called the reg 800# person answered and she said "sure" I just have to go ask my supervisor how to do it. waited on hold for 20 min and she did it. I did have to pay the $75 close in fee. I asked her to waive the $25 over the phone fee which she did after another 10 min hold. I have to thank Dan but will wait if I actually get the seat so the thanks can be fully genuine ;)



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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1534 on: August 18, 2015, 02:01:45 PM »
Quote

UPDATE: I called the reg 800# person answered and she said "sure" I just have to go ask my supervisor how to do it. waited on hold for 20 min and she did it. I did have to pay the $75 close in fee. I asked her to waive the $25 over the phone fee which she did after another 10 min hold. I have to thank Dan but will wait if I actually get the seat so the thanks can be fully genuine ;)

Sheesh I knew it was too easy. This what they booked me, im assuming that it is incorrect because I don't see the "IN"?
Why in the world would she book me a full fare economy if there is a saver  reward available????

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1535 on: August 18, 2015, 02:08:15 PM »
Sheesh I knew it was too easy. This what they booked me, im assuming that it is incorrect because I don't see the "IN"?
Why in the world would she book me a full fare economy if there is a saver  reward available????
That doesn't look right.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1536 on: August 18, 2015, 02:11:02 PM »
Sheesh I knew it was too easy. This what they booked me, im assuming that it is incorrect because I don't see the "IN"?
Why in the world would she book me a full fare economy if there is a saver  reward available????
That is not a plan b. Cancel and start again.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1537 on: August 25, 2015, 05:05:49 AM »
Hi, I'm planning a trip for 2 to Paris next year (looking at April/May, before high season starts), and was wondering if anyone has had success with Plan B from SFO -> CDG, or if anyone knows the chances of us getting into I seats.

I'm also considering taking advantage of the stopover/open jaws and go SFO -> CDG, LHR -> SFO, and SFO -> JFK/EWR (at a later date) on the same award ticket.  If I can find economy saver availability on all the flights, that means I can plan B them for 115k miles per person right?  What happens if I only get into a business class seat for one leg of the itinerary?  I assume I can just call United and get the miles refunded?

I apologize if this has been already asked in the thread... I actually read through the last 50 pages but may have glossed over a few posts =)

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1538 on: August 30, 2015, 06:44:38 AM »
Hey,
Maybe someone can help me. I booked a saver award economy ticket from Newark - TLV. I called in within 24 hours to try and book a "Plan B" ticket. The woman seemed to know what she was doing, as she said that she needs to take the additional points from my account now. The only problem is, that she quoted the wrong amount. An Economy saver is 42,500 points, while Business saver is 70,000, so I needed to shell out an additional 27,500. However, she said that she needs to take 17,500 (I didn't object, thinking that perhaps I can get away with it, and save 10,000 points.) She took the points and waitlisted me for Business.
A few questions:
1) Since she took the wrong amount of points, will this prevent me from being considered a "displaced business class passenger", and will I merely be just another guy on the waitlist for business?
2) If you look at the attachments below, you'll see that in the first one, the waitlist shows as a separate flight segment, whereas in the second attachment, it shows  in the same segment with "(I class requested)" (as Dan showed in his post). This came up 2 different times, when I signed in to my United account. Does that make a difference?
3) She only waitlisted me for "I" class, instead of "IN". I have an Explorer card, does this make a difference?

Sorry to be so long-winded, and thanks in advance for the help.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1539 on: August 30, 2015, 07:44:40 AM »
3) She only waitlisted me for "I" class, instead of "IN". I have an Explorer card, does this make a difference?
"IN" is only for united elite status holders

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1540 on: August 30, 2015, 11:10:38 AM »
"IN" is only for united elite status holders

I see. Thanks.

Can anyone answer my first 2 questions? (the main one being the first)
thanks

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1541 on: August 30, 2015, 11:42:01 AM »
You have to pay the correct amount of taxes in order to be a displaced business pax.
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1542 on: August 30, 2015, 12:00:45 PM »
You have to pay the correct amount of taxes in order to be a displaced business pax.

The taxes are the same for economy and business both $5.60 - 9/11 security fee. I'm just asking that because the agent I spoke with, messed up, and took 10,000 less points than she should have, does that mean that I didn't book a business saver award?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1543 on: August 30, 2015, 12:09:16 PM »
Sorry. Not sure why I said TAX, i meant to say MILES.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1544 on: August 30, 2015, 12:15:16 PM »
so you're saying it won't work? I'm just on the regular waiting list?
What about the fact that SHE messed up? Can I fix it, or is it too late being that it's past 24 hrs?

sorry for all the questions.
thanks again