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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 351953 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #440 on: February 06, 2014, 03:38:07 PM »
Ummmm LAX-JFK, I would. I would rather spend 35K LH Miles or 40K SQ miles, but f it's not availible now ill have to use UA miles and do plan B.
I might consider it for a redeye, but otherwise I don't care that much.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #441 on: February 06, 2014, 03:56:56 PM »
Has anyone had success changing a Plan B itin online before it clears?
I have one booked but UA.com is not pulling up results.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #442 on: February 06, 2014, 04:09:06 PM »
Ummmm LAX-JFK, I would. I would rather spend 35K LH Miles or 40K SQ miles, but f it's not availible now ill have to use UA miles and do plan B.
If your a little flexible on times, almost always a UA flight will open up, but will need to book via SQ and not LH.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #443 on: February 06, 2014, 04:57:39 PM »
If your a little flexible on times, almost always a UA flight will open up, but will need to book via SQ and not LH.
Yeah i've done that before but they became horrible with opening the last minute....

I ended up booking AA first, it looks awesome!
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #444 on: February 06, 2014, 05:41:48 PM »
Yeah i've done that before but they became horrible with opening the last minute....

I ended up booking AA first, it looks awesome!
I have flown close to 100 flights in my life and I have yet to encounter a stewardess who looked like that.
Maybe I'm flying the wrong airlines...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #445 on: February 06, 2014, 05:53:26 PM »
I have flown close to 100 flights in my life and I have yet to encounter a stewardess who looked like that.
Maybe I'm flying the wrong airlines...

Fly SQ.

Otherwise:
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #446 on: February 06, 2014, 05:56:39 PM »
Fly SQ.

Otherwise:


I respectively disagree. I think SQ stewardess (flight attendants) are very jolly and childy, but EXCELLENT. Rather make it for LH F stewardess, more professional, older, more experienced.

I never flew SQ in suites, so I am not sure, but I assume they are all fired when they hit 30...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #447 on: February 06, 2014, 06:00:28 PM »
I respectively disagree. I think SQ stewardess (flight attendants) are very jolly and childy, but EXCELLENT. Rather make it for LH F stewardess, more professional, older, more experienced.
No idea what you're disagreeing with.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #448 on: February 07, 2014, 10:27:13 AM »
No idea what you're disagreeing with.
@dan
I think sillypainter missed the point of my joke.  ;) ;) ;)
I respectively disagree. I think SQ stewardess (flight attendants) are very jolly and childy, but EXCELLENT. Rather make it for LH F stewardess, more professional, older, more experienced.

I never flew SQ in suites, so I am not sure, but I assume they are all fired when they hit 30...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #449 on: February 07, 2014, 10:28:31 AM »
Hey Dan! between the two of us we have over 32,900 posts!!
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #450 on: February 10, 2014, 12:42:38 PM »
whats a better option Plan B or using  GPU, united informed me that flight is available to get confirmed with a GPU or miles but still waitlisted for Plan B , and they said plan B probably Will NOT clear.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #451 on: February 10, 2014, 02:09:32 PM »
When is the flight? They have no idea if plan B will clear or not, these reps are clueless, they make me sooo nervuse. Aderabe.. Usually when there is R availability it means that the cabin is not full... Though why not use the GPU and you're confirmed?..
 
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #452 on: February 10, 2014, 02:15:29 PM »
only confirmed one way.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #453 on: February 10, 2014, 02:17:23 PM »
only confirmed one way.
So confirm one way and do plan B for the other?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #454 on: February 12, 2014, 08:41:24 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

Has anyone had success on tlv-ewr?? 

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #455 on: February 18, 2014, 04:43:21 PM »
Has anyone had success on tlv-ewr??

Yes,

I just returned from a plan "B" leaving from EWR. when I got to the airport literally no one knew what I was talking about. when I checked in, they made me pay for my second bag and my waitlist was cancelled as I was not eligible to be upgraded for free. Everyone I went to (five separate tries at the check in gate on both levels) said that I had an economy seat. They said to take it up with the people at the gate to see what they could do. When got to the gate, it was closed as it only opens right before the flight due to the extra security for TLV flights. Not wanting to wait until the last minute, I headed towards the lounge as I thought there might be someone who could help me there. On my way, I noticed a United help desk so I tried that first. I explained to them that there's been some mix up- I am supposed to be flying business! I told them that my "travel agent" said to look up ggonestandby and the line numbers, and that I needed PR1 status. He looked at me funny, because I was quoting the system to him, but he checked and he was still not sure. So he called the help desk. The help desk called the rewards desk which confirmed I paid for a business seat. they then issues me the upgrade status. ( there was one person ahead of me. I'm not sure why, but it didn't matter as there was enough room for all the upgraders.) he also said I can go online to request a refund for the extra baggage fee ( I have yet to hear back from them...). All in all, it took twenty minutes at the help desk to get it sorted out.

When I got to the gate they called my name and told me I got the upgrade, but that I was only getting Economy Kosher food because that is what they ordered for me.

My only other complaint, which is unrelated to plan "B", is about my return, which was with a stop over in Austria. United never told them to get me a kosher meal. I slept anyway so it wasn't totally a bad trip . Besides, like a good Jew, I bought Tzeidah LaDerech, just in case.   


When 

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #456 on: February 18, 2014, 04:47:56 PM »
Yes,

I just returned from a plan "B" leaving from EWR. when I got to the airport literally no one knew what I was talking about. when I checked in, they made me pay for my second bag and my waitlist was cancelled as I was not eligible to be upgraded for free. Everyone I went to (five separate tries at the check in gate on both levels) said that I had an economy seat. They said to take it up with the people at the gate to see what they could do. When got to the gate, it was closed as it only opens right before the flight due to the extra security for TLV flights. Not wanting to wait until the last minute, I headed towards the lounge as I thought there might be someone who could help me there. On my way, I noticed a United help desk so I tried that first. I explained to them that there's been some mix up- I am supposed to be flying business! I told them that my "travel agent" said to look up ggonestandby and the line numbers, and that I needed PR1 status. He looked at me funny, because I was quoting the system to him, but he checked and he was still not sure. So he called the help desk. The help desk called the rewards desk which confirmed I paid for a business seat. they then issues me the upgrade status. ( there was one person ahead of me. I'm not sure why, but it didn't matter as there was enough room for all the upgraders.) he also said I can go online to request a refund for the extra baggage fee ( I have yet to hear back from them...). All in all, it took twenty minutes at the help desk to get it sorted out.

When I got to the gate they called my name and told me I got the upgrade, but that I was only getting Economy Kosher food because that is what they ordered for me.

My only other complaint, which is unrelated to plan "B", is about my return, which was with a stop over in Austria. United never told them to get me a kosher meal. I slept anyway so it wasn't totally a bad trip . Besides, like a good Jew, I bought Tzeidah LaDerech, just in case.   


When

Thanks for the update. As a sidenote, United never transfers over food requests unlike Aeroplan that does.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #457 on: February 18, 2014, 06:59:03 PM »
Thanks for the update. As a sidenote, United never transfers over food requests unlike Aeroplan that does.

+1

It's a different GDS system.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #458 on: February 18, 2014, 10:08:52 PM »
my O request changed to R does it mean its over

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #459 on: February 18, 2014, 10:10:43 PM »
my O request changed to R does it mean its over
If it was O you were confirmed already; I means waitlist. If it's R just call them and see if the can confirm you. It worked for me.