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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:
UA eliminated F, and repurposed A and O as fare classes on UA operated flights (but O is still the inventory bucket for partner F awards)
R as an upgrade fare inventory was replaced by PZ
PremuimPlus will now use O, A and R
RN is now upgrading inventory for Premium Plus,
ON is now award inventory for Premium Plus
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Changes to UA's Fare Classes (19-20 October 2018)
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%) (200% if booked prior to September 28, 2018; requires manual adjustment)
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
O - Partner First Class Award (Note that O is Premium Economy on UA operated flights - see below)
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 Oct 18, 11, 5:32 pm
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Decoding the alphabet soup - fare buckets for UA

This data will eventually be included in the new FAQ but while waiting for that to be guilt I figured I'd share the details. These are all the fares in the new scheme:

Revenue buckets (RDM/PQM earnings)
F - Full Fare First (250%/150% or 175%/150% for 3/2 cabin)
A - Discount First (250%/150% or 175%/150% for 3/2 cabin)
J - Full Fare Business (175%/150%)
C - Full Fare Business (175%/150%)
D - Full Fare Business (175%/150%)
Z - Deep Discount Business (150%/150%)
P - Deep Discount Business (150%/150%)
Y - Full Fare Coach (125%/150%)
B - Full Fare Coach (125%/150%)
M - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
E - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
U - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
H - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
Q - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
V - Discount Coach (100%/100%)
W - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
S - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
T - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
L - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
K - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
G - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)
N - Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%)

Saver Award Seats
O - Saver 3-cabin First Award
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
X - Non-Elite Saver Coach Award

Standard Award Seats
FN - Standard 3-cabin First Award
JN - Elite/CC Standard Business or 2-cabin First Award
ZN - Non-Elite Standard Business or 2-cabin First Award (tracks to the Z bucket)
YN - Elite/CC Standard Coach Award
HN - Non-Elite Standard Coach Award (tracks to the H bucket)

Upgrade Awards
ON - C->F on 3-cabin aircraft
JN - Y-Up for Elites (tracks to the J bucket, i.e. last seat availability)
PN - B/M-Up for Elites (tracks to the P bucket); All GS upgrades Y->C (CPU, RPU, GPU, miles)
R - Upgrade to Business/Domestic F (except GS)
RN - Had not been used but appears now to be the Instant Upgrade (Y/B fares) inventory for Silver, Gold and maybe Plats
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Old Oct 18, 11, 7:26 pm
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As always, many thanks sbm12.

I looked at a few (actually, many) CO flights during 2011~2012 and couldn't any difference in the number of seats allocated to the non-elite vs elite buckets for prem class travel, either free or award. i.e.,

ON = O avail
IN = I avail
RN = R avail

Hope that they actually do allocate more seats to the xN buckets. (Am assuming that the xN buckets are actually sub-buckets (ie, if a 1k pax books into an xN bucket, then both the xN and the x bucket decreases by one).
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Old Oct 18, 11, 7:47 pm
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Great to know, thank you!

One thing I found interesting is the fact that there is now RN (for elite upgrades) in addition to R for upgrade availability. Does this mean that instead of zeroing out R inventory at the EUA run, CO will simply allocate EUA space in RN?

It is interesting because non-elites could potentially mileage upgrade while elites were waiting for EUAs at their respective windows.
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Old Oct 18, 11, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO_FT View Post
I looked at a few (actually, many) CO flights during 2011~2012 and couldn't any difference in the number of seats allocated to the non-elite vs elite buckets for prem class travel, either free or award. i.e.,
I've seen the elite inventory higher in many cases and the same in many others. No guarantees, to be sure. But I've definitely had instances where being elite got me seats that otherwise would have not been available.

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Am assuming that the xN buckets are actually sub-buckets
Sortof...O is a subset of ON, for example, not the other way around, if they're doing it right.
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It is interesting because non-elites could potentially mileage upgrade while elites were waiting for EUAs at their respective windows.
They already give folks using miles or other instruments priority over EUA on the CO side and the new program will have that same policy for the CPU process. I'm not so sure that this is a real issue to worry about.
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Old Oct 18, 11, 8:02 pm
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They already give folks using miles or other instruments priority over EUA on the CO side and the new program will have that same policy for the CPU process. I'm not so sure that this is a real issue to worry about.
Not exactly the same. Currently instruments trump the EUA for a PP while in the future a GS will trump. Otherwise correct though.
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Old Oct 18, 11, 8:55 pm
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Other than the Revenue Buckets, I see all the award seats are coded differently than UA Codes (NF, NY, XF, XY). Since we will be using CO SHARES by March 2012, we will have to re-learn the codes.
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Old Oct 18, 11, 9:58 pm
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Thank you SBM12!
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Old Oct 19, 11, 12:41 am
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Thank you SBM12!
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Old Oct 19, 11, 1:38 pm
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Thanks sbm12! A couple points of clarification.

Isn't "D" actually discounted business class? Or did that change recently?

Also, so "ON" is SaverPass F award AND C --> F upgrade space? So there is no distinction between the two?
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Old Oct 22, 11, 1:13 pm
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Any idea why CO has a PN bucket on int'l long-haul (ie, not eligible for comp elite upgrade) flights? Thought this was used solely for comp elite UPGs in eligible markets?
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Old Oct 22, 11, 2:29 pm
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Outstanding chart! Thanks a million. This really helps a lot.

Will be interesting to see how the fare buckets pan out on the routes in 2012.
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Old Oct 22, 11, 3:34 pm
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Why are the awards listed in OPass parlance? In 60 days it's a dead program - what are the codes in United Mileage Plus parlance?
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So as I understand it, NF, NC, NY
is gone?
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Originally Posted by g_leyser View Post
Also, so "ON" is SaverPass F award AND C --> F upgrade space? So there is no distinction between the two?
The same inventory bucket will be used for both.
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Why are the awards listed in OPass parlance? In 60 days it's a dead program - what are the codes in United Mileage Plus parlance?
They are listed in a phrasing that is easy to understand. It might be different names next year and it might not but the concept is the same. The fare buckets above are what will happen for the new program.
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So as I understand it, NF, NC, NY
is gone?
In the new scheme, yes.
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Old Oct 23, 11, 9:52 am
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For purpose of awards from other FFPs, will domestic first be designated I like PMCO or O like PMUA?

Right now, you cannot book AC/BD awards on UA for business mileage, because they book into O, wheras CO domestic books into I
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