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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 257395 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #345 on: January 22, 2014, 03:10:18 PM »
I did that. The agent started telling me that she sees I spoke with another agent who told me the same thing  :P. It seems that although in my account on united.com it says I was debited 100k for the roundtrip my account still has the 20k difference of business and coach. What do I say when they tell me either you were simply waitlisted or booked a coach ticket and now you need to pay the $100 fee?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #346 on: January 22, 2014, 04:01:38 PM »
Has anyone mastered the system why sometimes I only see LH or only TK
Also has is Austrian business? Lie flat?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #347 on: January 22, 2014, 04:02:52 PM »
Has anyone mastered the system why sometimes I only see LH or only TK
Not sure what you're talking about exactly, but it seems like availability.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #348 on: January 22, 2014, 04:04:11 PM »
Not sure what you're talking about exactly, but it seems like availability.
recently I was looking JFK to tlv and only showing LH

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #349 on: January 22, 2014, 04:53:07 PM »
Just to let the oilam know...I got a representative to do the upgrade. the agent didn't charge the $100 change fee "because of the misinformation"

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #350 on: January 22, 2014, 05:10:14 PM »
Just to let the oilam know...I got a representative to do the upgrade. the agent didn't charge the $100 change fee "because of the misinformation"
...The benefits of HUCA...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #351 on: January 23, 2014, 05:47:25 AM »
Does anyone have experience with plan b going from tlv to ewr?  Do the Israeli Ua reps know how to put the customer in PR1 status

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #352 on: January 24, 2014, 10:45:38 AM »
Can anybody please explain to me what the difference is between doing PLAN B, and just the regular booking economy, call up to wait list for upgrade?

What I mean to ask...I have a booking on EWR-FRA in economy, and I see like 35 seats available in biz, UA will definitely release more seats closer to the flight, will I get business automatically when they release it or I need to do something.

My problem is that I booked my itinerary online already, so I don't want to cancel and wait for it to be put back in inventory, and then call for plan B. I want to just upgrade the economy leg.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #353 on: January 24, 2014, 10:51:52 AM »
First of all you'll pay the post-02/01 rate when you clear.
Second you don't get PR-1.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #354 on: January 24, 2014, 11:45:59 AM »
First of all you'll pay the post-02/01 rate when you clear.
Second you don't get PR-1.

Ok, thanks. So it's basically the PR-1 status that you gain and of course the reprice now with the devaluation, which I didn't even think about, so I am glad I asked....

So in other words (put the reprice post devaluation in the side for a moment). If somebody sees after Feb. 1 like 35 biz open seats on a UA flight, and they are sure a seat will open up, it doesn't pay to go through the hassle of Plan B, because of the HUCA'ng involved....

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #355 on: January 24, 2014, 12:41:25 PM »
So in other words (put the reprice post devaluation in the side for a moment). If somebody sees after Feb. 1 like 35 biz open seats on a UA flight, and they are sure a seat will open up, it doesn't pay to go through the hassle of Plan B, because of the HUCA'ng involved....
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PR1 is how the majority clear. 35 seats empty can fill up in a week.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #356 on: January 24, 2014, 12:45:35 PM »
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PR1 is how the majority clear. 35 seats empty can fill up in a week.
if i dont clear to O can i get I class

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #357 on: January 24, 2014, 01:41:31 PM »
Are you in the award booking service business?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #359 on: January 26, 2014, 10:13:02 AM »
Hi! First time/long time, etc...

I was wondering what my chances are for a Plan B booking on a route that I do not see business saver availability for the entire bookable window (1-330 days). Are there some routes on which United never releases business saver space ever? Or does it just get gobbled up immediately when available by "Expert Flyers" (Ex. IAD-DXB)   I'm trying to figure this out without an expertflyer subscription.