Old Jun 9, 19, 9:55 am
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Steve M
 
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
Basically, if you are unable to get a standby seat, you'll have to go to Phuket. So if you don't really want to go there, you may wish to book a flight that would actually meet your needs as a last resort, such as a fully refundable HKG-USA.
Since you have 7 days to make the transit, one idea would be to buy the Phuket ticket for 7 days our (or perhaps 6 to be safe). That gives you 6 days, with several flights per day, to get a passrider seat on United back to the US. It's almost certain that something will be available in that time period.
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