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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 274665 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2430 on: February 20, 2020, 09:21:46 AM »
So what's the point of this if it's nearly impossible to get PR-1 at the airport? Is the system setup to prioritize Plan B passengers prior to 24 hours before the flight?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2431 on: February 20, 2020, 09:56:04 AM »
So what's the point of this if it's nearly impossible to get PR-1 at the airport? Is the system setup to prioritize Plan B passengers prior to 24 hours before the flight?
All I can tell you is the agent, after doing the booking, told me I’d be PR-1, no idea what happened later as I didn’t end up making it to the airport.
Would be curious to hear from anyone that did.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2432 on: February 24, 2020, 12:07:54 PM »
So what's the point of this if it's nearly impossible to get PR-1 at the airport? Is the system setup to prioritize Plan B passengers prior to 24 hours before the flight?
As I've said in the past having done it numerous times, Plan B is an overhyped benefit on which 99% of the time won't work despite spending hours on the phone huca'ing & at the airport.

The uncertainty & agmas nefesh isn't worth it

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2433 on: February 24, 2020, 07:32:35 PM »
As I've said in the past having done it numerous times, Plan B is an overhyped benefit on which 99% of the time won't work despite spending hours on the phone huca'ing & at the airport.

The uncertainty & agmas nefesh isn't worth it
Seems like some have still succeeded. I'm wondering what the secret to success, and, more importantly, has this worked on the EWR-TLV route?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2434 on: February 24, 2020, 07:59:47 PM »
As I've said in the past having done it numerous times, Plan B is an overhyped benefit on which 99% of the time won't work despite spending hours on the phone huca'ing & at the airport.

The uncertainty & agmas nefesh isn't worth it
I'm not sure EWR-TLV route is your prime example but it has worked for many, on other routes.

I think UA doesn't advertise this for a reason, it's meant for the more advanced. You need to understand the class buckets and availability to score a easy hit.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2435 on: February 24, 2020, 09:10:15 PM »
Seems like some have still succeeded. I'm wondering what the secret to success, and, more importantly, has this worked on the EWR-TLV route?
I've had success & failure on this route,

I dont think there's one person that has had a successful upgrade on this route without pulling shtick, therefore I stand by what I said earlier, it simply isnt worth investing the time & effort only to find that besides for getting bumped off PR1 they also messed up the seat assignment & now you're stuck in a middle seat for the next 11 hours.

Bottom line, it's way overhyped

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2436 on: February 24, 2020, 09:11:36 PM »
I've had success & failure on this route,

I dont think there's one person that has had a successful upgrade on this route without pulling shtick, therefore I stand by what I said earlier, it simply isnt worth investing the time & effort only to find that besides for getting bumped off PR1 they also messed up the seat assignment & now you're stuck in a middle seat for the next 11 hours.

Bottom line, it's way overhyped
Clearly disproven from this thread, but OK.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2437 on: February 25, 2020, 12:10:43 AM »
Clearly disproven from this thread, but OK.
Who here was able to get PR1 EWR-TLV without Prutektziye?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2438 on: February 25, 2020, 12:25:04 AM »
Who here was able to get PR1 EWR-TLV without Prutektziye?
He said an upgrade, not PR1.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2439 on: February 25, 2020, 01:11:50 AM »
He said an upgrade, not PR1.
Upgrade as in the PR1 clearing

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2440 on: March 06, 2020, 08:08:34 AM »
If you book a mixed cabin award and space opens on the Y leg you can probably call and get moved to J, but it won't happen automatically. This isn't related to Plan B.

If you book Plan B and there's room on one leg, you should be put into J on that leg and automatically upgraded to J if room opens on the leg without J availability. I believe they will set it up for you like that. I know it works for sure when one leg isn't UA but has J availability and the UA leg doesn't.

Either way you'd end up spending more miles for J. In the first case because you booked a mixed cabin knowingly and in the second case because you flew in J on at least 1 segment.

In the mixed cabin award case, which upgrade status do you get? Can I call up and get PR-1?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2441 on: March 08, 2020, 01:12:06 AM »
I set it up and I’m waitlisted in (I). I see that (IN) opened up but I was not upgraded. If I call them would they give me the (IN) or do I need to wait for (I) to become available?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2442 on: March 08, 2020, 01:12:55 AM »
I set it up and I’m waitlisted in (I). I see that (IN) opened up but I was not upgraded. If I call them would they give me the (IN) or do I need to wait for (I) to become available?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2443 on: March 08, 2020, 01:55:05 AM »
I set it up and I’m waitlisted in (I). I see that (IN) opened up but I was not upgraded. If I call them would they give me the (IN) or do I need to wait for (I) to become available?
you need to wait
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2444 on: Yesterday at 05:54:02 AM »
I booked a mixed cabin award flight. With the EWR-DEN flight in economy and DEN-JAC in Business...

I called and they put me on waitlist.
1) should I rely that i will be confirmed in business?
2) if it doesn't open, can I get a refund later, on the business award price?