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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 249705 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #315 on: January 14, 2014, 01:59:20 PM »
I want to book lax mel in business class but its only available thru pek. Should i book the routing thru pek and wait list for the direct flight
or just do plan B for the direct flight ?
From what I hear LAX - MEL is a pretty tough market to get in business with Plan B, but I could be wrong.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #316 on: January 14, 2014, 02:06:27 PM »
Would booking the alternate route thru pek then wait listing for the direct flight give me a better chance ?
 

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #317 on: January 14, 2014, 02:07:25 PM »
Is it easier to get business class from Sfo as opposed to Lax ?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #318 on: January 14, 2014, 02:08:55 PM »
Would booking the alternate route thru pek then wait listing for the direct flight give me a better chance ?
You can only waitlist for a flight you're already booked on. If you book through PEK you wouldn't be able to waitlist for the direct flight. Besides, the flights through PEK are not on United metal.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #319 on: January 14, 2014, 02:09:12 PM »
Is it easier to get business class from Sfo as opposed to Lax ?
Doubt it.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #320 on: January 14, 2014, 03:57:38 PM »
another question:
Does Plan B work for flights that only have standard awards available?

Another way to ask it: If i do Plan B for standard award, will I get charged for STANDARD business award or can i specifically request for SAVER business award?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #321 on: January 14, 2014, 04:22:09 PM »
another question:
Does Plan B work for flights that only have standard awards available?

Another way to ask it: If i do Plan B for standard award, will I get charged for STANDARD business award or can i specifically request for SAVER business award?
Not sure why you would do that, but you need to have saver coach available to waitlist for saver business.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #322 on: January 14, 2014, 05:58:53 PM »
Not sure why you would do that, but you need to have saver coach available to waitlist for saver business.

You answered my question.
Like you said: saver for saver; standard for standard. Just wanted to know if I can get saver business on a flight that only offers standard biz/coach via this hack.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #323 on: January 15, 2014, 05:16:06 PM »
I tried setting up a United plan B. I called the number Dan linked to in his original article. The representative told me what I was looking to setup was a typical saver coach award travel with a wait-list for business class. I explained what I wanted to do and that I knew it would be setup right if I'd be booked in X or XN and it would say IN class requested all while paying the full business saver award mileage price. She said that that's exactly what will happen when I do a typical coach ticket with wait-list for business. So everything looks as the way Dan said it should but she claims that this is nothing special and different. Am I united plan B setup?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #324 on: January 15, 2014, 05:18:40 PM »
I tried setting up a United plan B. I called the number Dan linked to in his original article. The representative told me what I was looking to setup was a typical saver coach award travel with a wait-list for business class. I explained what I wanted to do and that I knew it would be setup right if I'd be booked in X or XN and it would say IN class requested all while paying the full business saver award mileage price. She said that that's exactly what will happen when I do a typical coach ticket with wait-list for business. So everything looks as the way Dan said it should but she claims that this is nothing special and different. Am I united plan B setup?
Does it have you in X class with you I class waitlisted? If so it's set up correctly; otherwise it's not.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #325 on: January 15, 2014, 05:22:40 PM »
Thank you for your help!

Yes, I'm in X class, I class requested.

Curious then, what would it say if i booked saver coach and called in to be waitlisted?

Will I automatically be upgraded as soon as availability opens up? Or do I have to keep checking somewhere?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #326 on: January 15, 2014, 05:32:18 PM »
Thank you for your help!

Yes, I'm in X class, I class requested.

Curious then, what would it say if i booked saver coach and called in to be waitlisted?

Will I automatically be upgraded as soon as availability opens up? Or do I have to keep checking somewhere?
Sounds like the same thing to me. You will be upgraded if a seat becomes available up until 24 hours before the flight. No one need to check.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #327 on: January 15, 2014, 05:53:00 PM »
So then what is the difference between normal waitlisting and united plan B? And how do you know which one you're booked on?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #328 on: January 15, 2014, 05:55:37 PM »
So then what is the difference between normal waitlisting and united plan B? And how do you know which one you're booked on?
Not sure, but I know what Plan B is and that it's not an official term.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #329 on: January 15, 2014, 05:59:02 PM »
Not sure, but I know what Plan B is and that it's not an official term.

Okay. Thank you.

Does anyone know if there really is a difference between typical waitlisting and united plan b? How will I know for sure which of the two I'm booked on?