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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 287952 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2190 on: July 27, 2017, 02:52:26 AM »
Booked X class with I class requested correctly on a plan b flight from OGG-SFO-EWR.
The flight from OGG-SFO opened "I" space the day before and I called to clear it in.
For the 2nd leg I checked the app and we were placed 7th and 8th on the upgrade list for the flight from SFO-EWR. Called a bunch of times to no avail. At the airport in Maui I asked the agent for help in getting the PR-1 status and she said I'd  need to speak to someone in SFO.
Landed in SFO and the gate agent said she can't touch the upgrade list. Tried a supervisor and the customer support desk. No dice. Nobody knew what we were talking about or just didn't want to help. I also tried the gg one standby.
In the end 3 business class seats were available for upgrades and we missed out.
Anything I can do now with regards to recouping miles?
Any recommendations what should I have done differently?
« Last Edit: July 27, 2017, 03:20:10 AM by JamesIV »

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2191 on: July 29, 2017, 10:31:05 PM »
Hi if you book a mixed cabin award on united do you have to book a plan b for the part that is in y or they will automaticly upgrade you?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2192 on: August 06, 2017, 11:35:51 AM »
What are the chances of plan b working ewr-tlv?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2193 on: August 15, 2017, 04:41:41 PM »
Does PR-1 still exist?.... I was just explained by 2 different united employees that it doesn't work for this type of ticket anymore.... does anyone with recent experience have a tip?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2195 on: August 30, 2017, 01:39:01 PM »
https://millionmilesecrets.com/2017/08/30/waitlist-for-united-airlines-business-class-award-seat/amp/

Is this guy kidding??
I mean, I hate the exposure as much as the next guy, but how is that any different than Dan putting it up on DDMS?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2196 on: August 30, 2017, 01:40:19 PM »
I mean, I hate the exposure as much as the next guy, but how is that any different than Dan putting it up on DDMS?
I dont care about the exposure. He is making it as if it is his method

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2197 on: August 30, 2017, 01:52:09 PM »
I dont care about the exposure. He is making it as if it is his method
Ahh yup fair enough, agreed.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2198 on: August 30, 2017, 06:00:53 PM »
https://millionmilesecrets.com/2017/08/30/waitlist-for-united-airlines-business-class-award-seat/amp/

Is this guy kidding??
This has nothing to do with Dan or plan B. It's the old simple idea about wait listing. Though it's shocking to me that a blogger should write BS that 13 seats on the seat map means 13 seats available. But then again it's MMS..
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2199 on: September 10, 2017, 03:54:57 PM »
Does PR-1 still exist?.... I was just explained by 2 different united employees that it doesn't work for this type of ticket anymore.... does anyone with recent experience have a tip?

Flying HNL-EWR, I was told that I had PR-1 but that doesn't put me at the top of the wait-list, the list still goes by status. So I'm number 8 with 0 seats available...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2200 on: September 11, 2017, 11:50:15 PM »
It's pretty much useless when employees have the power to make up rules

& this is coming from a guy that has 3 pr1's under my belt

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2201 on: September 11, 2017, 11:52:34 PM »
It's pretty much useless when employees have the power to make up rules

& this is coming from a guy that has 3 pr1's under my belt

In the end it didn't matter because not a single seat opened up, so even the GSs at the top of the waitlist didn't get in.. I made the Plan B booking in January for September travel in the hopes that IN would open up at least once in the interim, but it didn't happen. I guess I should have bitten the bullet and booked a Business Standard award while it was still an option... then again, I made it in one piece in E+, and I have 67.5k miles per person more than I would have otherwise.

But--I would like to think that if there had been space, I would have had a chance at getting it. I read something on FT about PR-1 not being the proper name for the priority waitlist, it may be WAI or WDI or something like that. Anyone have any info to that effect?

One other thing--I referenced ggonestandby but I said to check around line 81 not line 85. Oops.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2202 on: September 24, 2017, 02:26:32 PM »
In EWR, where would my best chances be for getting PR-1? The check in agent? At the gate? The lounge?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2203 on: September 26, 2017, 02:38:24 PM »
In EWR, where would my best chances be for getting PR-1? The check in agent? At the gate? The lounge?
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #2204 on: September 26, 2017, 02:40:11 PM »
Bump

Try check-in agent, and if that doesn't work, try the lounge. Gate is probably too late.