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Decoding the alphabet soup - fare buckets for UA

Decoding the alphabet soup - fare buckets for UA

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Oct 2018 - Significant fare class changes with the introduction of new premium economy fares ("Premium Plus") and the elimination of 3-class F.


Revenue buckets (PQM earnings)
J - Full Fare Business (300%)
C - Discount Business (200%)
D - Discount Business (200%)
Z - Deep Discount Business (200%)
P - Deep Discount Business (150%)
O - Full Fare Premium Economy (150%)
A - Discount Premium Economy (150%)
R - Deep Discount Premium Economy (150%)
Y - Full Fare Coach (150%)
B - Full Fare Coach (150%)
M - Discount Coach (100%)
E - Discount Coach (100%)
U - Discount Coach (100%)
H - Discount Coach (100%)
Q - Discount Coach (100%)
V - Discount Coach (100%)
W - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
S - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
T - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
L - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
K - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
G - Deep Discount Coach (100%)
N - Basic Economy (50%)

Saver Award Inventory
IN - Elite (Plat/1K/GS) Saver Business or 2-cabin First Award
I - Non-Elite and Low Elite Saver Business or 2-cabin First Award
XN - Elite Saver Coach Award. Also available to Chase Explorer and Club cardholders as an undocumented benefit
X - Non-Elite Saver Coach Award

"Everyday" Award Inventory
JN - Elite/CC Everyday Business or 2-cabin First Award
ZN - Non-Elite Everyday Business or 2-cabin First Award (tracks to the Z bucket). Also used for buy-up upgrade offered at check-in.
ON - Everyday Premium Economy Award
YN - Elite/CC Everyday Coach Award
HN - Non-Elite Everyday Coach Award (tracks to the H bucket)

Upgrade Inventory
PN - Y/B/M 1K Instant Upgrades (CPU eligible routes only); All GS upgrades Y->J (CPU, RPU, GPU, miles)
PZ - Upgrades to Polaris Business, United Business, or United First (excepting GS upgrades and 1K Instant Upgrades)
RN - Upgrades to Premium Plus

Points earning for all upgrades is based on the originally purchased fare. Also see below.

Upgrades Note that upgraded flights will post to your MileagePlus statement as Z(X) where the second letter (X) is the original booking class. The parenthetical letter defines the earning rate for the flight as points are earned based on the original booking class.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
Interestingly, I see some routings that have I on a partner, then IN on the UA flight (TATL).
This has always been the case. Partner flights don't have an IN bucket.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
This has always been the case. Partner flights don't have an IN bucket.
This is true. Only I on partner flights.
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Old Feb 24, 20, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
I'm gold and when searching C awards, I'm regularly seeing I and IN availability, so I'm thinking that IN is no longer "high-elite", but rather is simply a different level of dynamic award.
Are you able to book into it?
Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
This has always been the case. Partner flights don't have an IN bucket.
And qualified elite bookings will always default to IN.

I suspect it's fair to say that we don't yet have a completely grasp on how UA is handling award inventory with the introduction of dynamic pricing.
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Old Feb 26, 20, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Are you able to book into it?
Didn't try to actually book it as I'm looking for partner level award and don't want to pay the higher rate that shows with the I/IN award.

I suspect it's fair to say that we don't yet have a completely grasp on how UA is handling award inventory with the introduction of dynamic pricing.
This was my point. I think that we should simply update the Wiki to note that we aren't really sure on this for now.

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Old Feb 26, 20, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
I'm looking for partner level award and don't want to pay the higher rate that shows with the mixed I/IN award..
That's not a mixed award. A mixed award is different cabins. As noted earlier, IN/I has always been the default on a mixed UA-partner itinerary for those who are eligible to book into IN.
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Old Feb 26, 20, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
That's not a mixed award. A mixed award is different cabins. As noted earlier, IN/I has always been the default on a mixed UA-partner itinerary for those who are eligible to book into IN.
Fixed it to remove "mixed". Either way, the I/IN award was a higher rate than I wanted to pay, so I didn't try to book it. There is still a question as to why it is showing me, a Gold member, the I/IN award. It may be that this is just an error in the award search. I have seen (crappy) routings that show all I, and those have been a lower amount of miles than those that include IN on UA. Given that, in the past, I wouldn't see the IN space, I don't know if those were the same "price".
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Old Feb 26, 20, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
Fixed it to remove "mixed". Either way, the I/IN award was a higher rate than I wanted to pay, so I didn't try to book it. There is still a question as to why it is showing me, a Gold member, the I/IN award. It may be that this is just an error in the award search. I have seen (crappy) routings that show all I, and those have been a lower amount of miles than those that include IN on UA. Given that, in the past, I wouldn't see the IN space, I don't know if those were the same "price".
What was the routing and price?
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Old Feb 26, 20, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
What was the routing and price?
IST-FRA-DEN 155K with FRA-DEN on UA (IN)

Interestingly, there are some cheaper options mid-week that are:

IST-MUC-ORD-DEN on OS IST-MUC and UA for MUC-ORD DEN - that lists as a mixed cabin award with IST-MUC in X, MUC-ORD in I and ORD-DEN in XN for 60K miles (listed as "Saver Award"). There is also an option for the "Standard" award at 155K miles that lists as IST-MUC in X, MUC-ORD in IN and ORD-DEN in IN. My searches have consistently shown the 155K price point with either I or X on the IST-XXX flight, then IN on the UA TATL flight. I do think that this is consistent with the way things may have shown in the past.

This clearly could be the "higher level elite" category in IN showing, but I'm not sure why I would get it unless they dropped this to gold from the previously reported GS/1K/Plat.
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Old Feb 26, 20, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
IST-FRA-DEN 155K with FRA-DEN on UA (IN)
Date? That sounds like a display error to me.
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Old Feb 26, 20, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Date? That sounds like a display error to me.
4 April 2020, but I can look at multiple dates. There are some routings showing "Exclusively available to you as a Mileage Plus Premier member" and some that don't show that. There seems to be not consistency between whether those show some flights as IN or I.
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Old Feb 26, 20, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by tods27 View Post
4 April 2020, but I can look at multiple dates. There are some routings showing "Exclusively available to you as a Mileage Plus Premier member" and some that don't show that. There seems to be not consistency between whether those show some flights as IN or I.
Is it showing up in the "Business Saver Award" or "Business Everyday Award" category for you? I see that flight as I/JN (not IN) in Business Everyday Award. Are you sure that's an I? (JN) and (IN) look very similar in the font UA is using.
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