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http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/awards/travel/types.aspx
Click on "United air travel award rules:"
"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 257486 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #255 on: December 10, 2013, 09:19:33 PM »
Not really, we were not upgraded automatically, so it switched to R. I then called up and they saw seats in R available so they switched us over the phone.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #256 on: December 10, 2013, 09:23:00 PM »
Not really, we were not upgraded automatically, so it switched to R. I then called up and they saw seats in R available so they switched us over the phone.
So that would seem to answer my question about the upgrade clearing right away if R space if available at the time of booking/waitlisting?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #257 on: December 10, 2013, 09:34:57 PM »
I believe so.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #258 on: December 10, 2013, 09:39:47 PM »
Seems so to me too. Can anyone else confirm?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #260 on: December 12, 2013, 12:26:17 AM »
This article is so well-written! So clear!

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #261 on: December 12, 2013, 12:26:47 AM »
This article is so well-written! So clear!
Thanks, appreciate it.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #262 on: December 12, 2013, 12:28:47 AM »
Thanks, appreciate it.

Spoonfeeding... Who knows? It might become much harder now...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #263 on: December 12, 2013, 12:32:17 AM »
I don't think it will become much harder.

First of all it requires X/XN space which isn't all that common either on the TLV route.
Second it requires HUCA, which most people don't have patience for.

It's strategically useful, but I don't see it becoming commonplace.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #264 on: December 12, 2013, 12:36:59 AM »
Thanks, appreciate it.

Really was an awesome article, i think its too much work for most people anyway

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #265 on: December 12, 2013, 12:39:10 AM »
Hope so. I've used it only twice but it's a great tip :)
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #266 on: December 12, 2013, 12:54:17 AM »
thanx. very well written. it does take time and patience to do and agree with you that it will not be popular.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #267 on: December 12, 2013, 03:33:06 AM »
Dan, awesome article! :)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #268 on: December 12, 2013, 10:21:19 AM »
indeed, greatly explained. never tried it before, but will give it a shot now. thanks dan

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #269 on: December 12, 2013, 11:56:33 AM »
I am looking at the same day to TLV as Dan booked in the post, but I want to fly on the evening flight. There is no saver availability on the night flight, how hard or what would it cost to change it if I book the earlier one?