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United Same Day Change
« on: October 10, 2021, 07:52:40 AM »
No experience doing this before so would love some input from the forum. I have a scheduled paid business class flight from EWR to TLV tomorrow at 4:25 PM. Something came up and I’d really prefer to get on tonight’s flight at 11:10. As of now there are six seats available in business class. Any way to get them to change my flight for free without paying the fare difference (which is obviously huge)? Does it help that it is within 24 hours of my scheduled departure?

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Re: United Same Day Change
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2021, 08:00:28 AM »
You may be able to switch for free at 4:25pm today.
You may also want to save some of that inventory...
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Re: United Same Day Change
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2021, 08:51:14 AM »
You may be able to switch for free at 4:25pm today.
You may also want to save some of that inventory...
thanks! Is that dependent on the fare class? When I called United they said I wouldn't be able to get out fare difference even if I call later. Of course, it was just a phone rep and he could have no clue what he is talking about.

Also, do you know what my chances are if I try flying standby? How early do I need to get to the airport to do that? Are premiers who booked in economy going to go before me who has a flight the next day?

(I live a few hours from EWR so I'm willing to go on the chance but trying to figure out if it's worth it. TIA)

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Re: United Same Day Change
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2021, 09:19:02 AM »
Sorry, misread what you wrote, thought you wanted to go tomorrow.

You can certainly try going standby if you can't get any agents to clear you onto tonight's flight. Same inventory advice applies, but make sure it has no connection to you.
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Re: United Same Day Change
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2021, 10:40:43 AM »
On domestic flights the app will allow you to list as Standby on an earlier flight, not sure about Int'l.

You then see your place in line in the upgrade list / SBY list.

They clear the SBY list 45-60 min before departure if there are still seats left. I believe you don't lose your original seat until you board the new flight.
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Re: United Same Day Change
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2021, 05:38:43 AM »
Curious about what happened at the end and if you used Dan's idea...