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Old Sep 15, 04, 7:58 am   #1
 
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Question Waiting list priority

I see that "Waiting list priority for fully booked flights." is listed as a benefit of M&M FTLs (on the M&M web), and "Priority Reservations Waitlisting" is listed as a benefit of StarAlliance Gold (on the *A web). Does anyone know which is the higher priority?

My situation is that I am waitlisted for an LH flight, and currently my EBG number is in the reservation. Would I have a higher chance of clearing the waitlist if I ask my TA to enter my FTL number instead?
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Old Sep 15, 04, 8:13 am   #2
 
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Try a search in this thread, I vaguely remember seeing a discussion about that with the orderuing - SEN, FTL, *G,*S, all the rest - on LH flights.

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Old Sep 15, 04, 8:13 am   #3
 
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AFAIK the priority for standby is the following:

1. LH SEN
2. LH FTL
3. *G
4. *S
5. Full fare
6. The "riff raff"

This is just from my experience, maybe other flyertalkers would like to share theirs?
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Old Sep 15, 04, 8:27 am   #4
 
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AFAIK the priority for standby is the following:

1. LH SEN
2. LH FTL
3. *G
4. *S
5. Full fare
6. The "riff raff"

This is just from my experience, maybe other flyertalkers would like to share theirs?

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Old Sep 15, 04, 10:04 am   #5
 
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From an earlier experience in 2000: They also know if you have a LH Credit Card, even with NO status > may be somewhere between 5 and 6.
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Old Sep 15, 04, 10:21 am   #6
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In june 2001, I wanted to book a cheap Q fare on a completely full OS VIE-JFK flight. The agent on the phone kept telling that all was booked out. I innocently kept insisting that as an FTL, I should be able to get waitlisted for that Q fare. The lady finally relented and booked on a waitlist. The next day the called back to say that the booking got confirmed on the basis of FTL. Never happened to me again....
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How about WL priorities amongst SEN members? Are these on a first come first serve basis?
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Old Sep 17, 04, 3:35 am   #8
 
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How about WL priorities amongst SEN members? Are these on a first come first serve basis?

The automatic WL is by status the by booking code, then FCFS. The GA can however select whomever he wants from the list.
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Old Sep 18, 04, 1:53 am   #9
 
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Thanks everyone for your answers. I was initially waitlisted on 3 flight out of 6 in the trip. On two of those flights I was confirmed within 12 hours while I had my EBG number in the reservation.

When I discussed the situation with my travel agent yesterday he agreed with baggage tag that FTL was most likely higher that A* Gold. So he put that number into the reservation instead and also told me he would call LH and verify this assumption. Now, approximately 20 hours after he added the FTL number I can see that I have been confirmed from the waitlist.

I can also add that the flight I was just confirmed on (FRA-ICN) has zero availability in all classes, and the same is true for the same flight on the day before and the day after I travel. Perhaps a chance for an op-up?

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Old Sep 19, 04, 10:25 am   #10
 
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I can also add that the flight I was just confirmed on (FRA-ICN) has zero availability in all classes, and the same is true for the same flight on the day before and the day after I travel. Perhaps a chance for an op-up?
Nicely done. However, keep in mind that a) LH's inventory management is quite good and b) for op-ups the same pecking order applies than for the waitlist. So keep your fingers crossed and hope for not too many SEN's booked in the same class. Good luck.

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