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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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Author Topic: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability  (Read 345981 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #180 on: July 24, 2013, 11:48:56 AM »

Showing no seats available on the seat map?

Correct.


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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #181 on: July 24, 2013, 12:09:53 PM »
Correct.


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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #182 on: July 24, 2013, 12:14:18 PM »
Correct.


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That also means nothing. Those seats may have just been blocked off prior to check in.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #183 on: August 02, 2013, 03:02:10 AM »
Just caught up with this thread. Can't believe I missed being part of such a fun fight. >:(

They're far more sophisticated then that. Don't come crying when you're blacklisted.

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UA has a department called Revenue Integrity. As a travel agent, I've run afoul of them in the past, and let me tell you: they're veeeeery good at connecting the dots.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #184 on: August 04, 2013, 04:00:50 AM »
has anyone done plan B recently?

spoke to a few reps and no go.

how close to the flight can i do this (if a rep will finally let me) - a few days before?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #185 on: August 11, 2013, 01:05:05 PM »
Can you do Plan B if there is only Standard Coach Availability?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #186 on: August 15, 2013, 11:30:52 PM »
has anyone done plan B recently?

spoke to a few reps and no go.

how close to the flight can i do this (if a rep will finally let me) - a few days before?

tried again today and the first rep knew exactly what i was talking about.
it took a while bec she said that she only does it once a year (bec most people dont know about it)
and bec they have to do each part seperately
but after about 45 minutes, it says I class requested.
she told me that the miles will only be pulled if the seats are cleared

i fly this thursday the 22nd - with 5 passengers. hope it works

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #187 on: August 15, 2013, 11:56:15 PM »
It's not set up correctly
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #188 on: August 19, 2013, 11:17:52 AM »
I have a ticket booked in Coach Saver (X class) coming up.  I called and asked them to waitlist us for first, which was unavailable.  It now says "I class requested" and the miles have been deducted from my account.  Is it set up correctly?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #189 on: August 19, 2013, 12:21:04 PM »
I have a ticket booked in Coach Saver (X class) coming up.  I called and asked them to waitlist us for first, which was unavailable.  It now says "I class requested" and the miles have been deducted from my account.  Is it set up correctly?
Yes. Now you are a displaced BF passenger.  Follow through as I wrote on the main site.
BTW when did they deduct the miles? Recently?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #190 on: August 19, 2013, 12:29:20 PM »
Yes. Now you are a displaced BF passenger.  Follow through as I wrote on the main site.
BTW when did they deduct the miles? Recently?

Funny you should ask. I set it up this pas Thu.  Instead of deducting 40k they added 60k.  Yesterday they removed the mistaken 60k and the actual 40k.  Why?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #191 on: August 19, 2013, 12:39:16 PM »
One more question about Plan B not covered on the main site:

Our flights are from GIG-IAH-PHL-LAX. PHL-LAX is booked on US Airways in O (while GIG-IAH-PHL is waitlisted in I).  If the upgrades do not clear would United refund the 20k mile difference after flying in O to LA?  On the main site it says the opposite is true (short leg in I, long leg in X when long leg is 2nd), but what about if short leg is 2nd?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #192 on: August 19, 2013, 01:06:52 PM »
There was nothing direct IAH-LAX/SNA/ONT/BUR/PSP?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #193 on: August 19, 2013, 01:14:03 PM »
There was nothing direct IAH-LAX/SNA/ONT/BUR/PSP?

There is, but we're stopping in PHL for shabbos to visit my in laws.

That makes me think of another question.  US Air has a flight with O availability at 6:15am (the flight from GIG gets in a 5:20am).  United's flight is at 7:18am but there's no I availability now.  Is it crazy to try to clear customs and recheck bags on US air within 55 minutes just to be confirmed in O or should I just wait and hope for the best on United?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #194 on: August 19, 2013, 07:05:04 PM »
There is, but we're stopping in PHL for shabbos to visit my in laws.

That makes me think of another question.  US Air has a flight with O availability at 6:15am (the flight from GIG gets in a 5:20am).  United's flight is at 7:18am but there's no I availability now.  Is it crazy to try to clear customs and recheck bags on US air within 55 minutes just to be confirmed in O or should I just wait and hope for the best on United?

Get confirmed in O, and if you miss your connection they'll accommodate you in O on a different flight, no?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #195 on: August 19, 2013, 07:37:43 PM »
Get confirmed in O, and if you miss your connection they'll accommodate you in O on a different flight, no?
Yes, but not sure about different types airline.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #196 on: September 12, 2013, 06:11:03 AM »
Hi all, I called to get waitlisted from economy to business, but I booked a partner flight (star alliance) with United points, the rep told me that they don't wait list on partner flights.

My question is should I bother with HUCA?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #197 on: September 12, 2013, 07:11:18 AM »
Hi all, I called to get waitlisted from economy to business, but I booked a partner flight (star alliance) with United points, the rep told me that they don't wait list on partner flights.

My question is should I bother with HUCA?

No.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #198 on: September 12, 2013, 04:56:42 PM »
I've done it for others but never used it myself so I'm wondering...
with Plan B are you only upgraded within 24 hours of the flight or might you get confirmed Business a few weeks before as well?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #199 on: September 12, 2013, 06:14:47 PM »
I've done it for others but never used it myself so I'm wondering...
with Plan B are you only upgraded within 24 hours of the flight or might you get confirmed Business a few weeks before as well?
get confirmed before if they open something up.