U space opening up to Hawaii

Old Sep 14, 21, 6:48 pm
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U space opening up to Hawaii

What was the collective experience for the Hawaii flights last summer? In the past these flights used to be easy to upgrade with GGU, but I'm wondering if the upgrades are being crowded out by the paid fares.
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Old Sep 14, 21, 7:28 pm
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U space opening up to Hawaii

I just did some recon after getting the fare sale for Hawaii. I have a SAN-HNL booked in October and the same booked in March/April of next year. Lo and behold U space was available. I had 6 GGUs and applied them for an extra $5 for mine and my wifes fares both directions in October and applied the remaining 2 for the return in April for both of us.

Recheck your flight folks! Those expiring GGUs might be worthwhile.
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Old Sep 14, 21, 7:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
What was the collective experience for the Hawaii flights last summer? In the past these flights used to be easy to upgrade with GGU, but I'm wondering if the upgrades are being crowded out by the paid fares.
Looking through to years end, theres plenty of U space to HNL. 🤙🏻
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Old Sep 14, 21, 11:42 pm
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Originally Posted by anteater View Post
Looking through to years end, theres plenty of U space to HNL. 🤙🏻
I noticed the U space floodgates opened on September 2nd. Here's what I posted on that day: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33538865-post120.html

I even grabbed some U space for a SEA-HNL round-trip next June: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33543450-post932.html
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Old Sep 15, 21, 12:18 am
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Could AS clamping down on 75K GGUs be related to the increased availability of U space?

Seems convenient! 🤞🏻
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Old Sep 15, 21, 6:06 am
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Ex-ANC/FAI seems GGU eligible fares are about double the saver fares
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Old Sep 15, 21, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Ex-ANC/FAI seems GGU eligible fares are about double the saver fares
This, combined with the fact that Ige is begging people NOT to come likely combine to result in the increased U inventory in the short term. How things shake out for next summer is anybody's guess.
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already took advantage of U space to OGG and KOA out of SFO/SJC....still plenty of space out there.....anyone that wants to use GGU....nows your chance!
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Ex-ANC/FAI seems GGU eligible fares are about double the saver fares
U space was available for OGG-SEA-PDX in October but $404---way higher than even the main cabin fare...no thanks.
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Old Sep 15, 21, 6:13 pm
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thanks for all the replies - sounds very promising so I will have to go online tonight to see what works for us

Originally Posted by PDXPremier View Post
U space was available for OGG-SEA-PDX in October but $404---way higher than even the main cabin fare...no thanks.
yes this is the major problem with AS right now. Its basically like a buy up to F but maybe for a cheaper price than buying up to F on UA. Of course the $99 certs can offset that until you run out of them.
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Old Sep 15, 21, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
thanks for all the replies - sounds very promising so I will have to go online tonight to see what works for us



yes this is the major problem with AS right now. Its basically like a buy up to F but maybe for a cheaper price than buying up to F on UA. Of course the $99 certs can offset that until you run out of them.
The problem is that those flights are, of course, charged per segment. So a 2 segment fare is almost (not 100% of the time) always more just for the fact that it's cost of segment 1 + cost of segment 2. In that case, both segments need to be an upgradeable fare. I know I don't care about an upgrade from PDX-SEA, so it may be worthwhile to price and buy that separately.

Good luck finding U space to come BACK from Hawaii though. While I can usually find U space going to Hawaii on non-stops, the return is ridiculous. You're either taking a non-stop redeye, a 2 segment flight with an overnight in SAN/LAX/SJC/PDX, or you may be "lucky" and find a 2 segment flight that actually starts and completes during daylight hours.

Good luck!
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Old Sep 16, 21, 12:20 am
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Redeye returns are sop ex-Hawaii.

Just like flights ex-ANC it seems... for a lot of them.
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Old Sep 16, 21, 10:21 am
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I had found U space on LAX KOA direct and a direct return in late January but both flights were eliminated in the latest schedule change. Now I have to go through Seattle and of course there isn’t any U space available on the legs to and from KOA.
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Old Sep 16, 21, 10:34 am
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Originally Posted by SoCaltravel View Post
I had found U space on LAX KOA direct and a direct return in late January but both flights were eliminated in the latest schedule change. Now I have to go through Seattle and of course there isnt any U space available on the legs to and from KOA.
Call in and ask them to contact revenue management to manually open U space, when a flight I was on got canceled I was able to swap to another of my choice and I got them to re-upgrade me. Not a guarantee they'll do it, but worth a shot.
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Old Sep 16, 21, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by clarrkkent View Post
Good luck finding U space to come BACK from Hawaii though. While I can usually find U space going to Hawaii on non-stops, the return is ridiculous. You're either taking a non-stop redeye, a 2 segment flight with an overnight in SAN/LAX/SJC/PDX, or you may be "lucky" and find a 2 segment flight that actually starts and completes during daylight hours.
Yeah, I noticed this as well, at least for HNL-SEA. When the U space floodgates opened on September 2nd, I found plenty of U space on HNL-SEA direct flights well into next summer, but they were virtually all for red-eyes. It wasn't until June 2022 where I started seeing U space for the 8am and 11:30am direct flights. But at least for HNL-SEA, there's pretty good U space availability for non-red-eyes beginning June 2022.
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