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What are my chances of getting on flight standby?

Old Mar 21, 12, 11:06 pm
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What are my chances of getting on flight standby?

Hi,

I am flying to Anchorage, with a connection in Seattle, on Wed May 23rd. My reservation is for this flight,
UA1707 - Depart Seattle at 9.17pm, arrive Anchorage at 11.48pm.

I am hoping I can go standby on this earlier flight,
UA1566 - Depart Seattle at 1.35pm, arrive Anchorage at 4.06pm.

Can anyone tell me what are my chances of getting on this earlier flight, 50%, 90%? I am planning my trip, and reaching there at 4pm vs around midnight makes a big difference in the itinerary.

Thanks.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:10 pm
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Why didn't you just book the earlier flight? Then your chances of being on that would be 100% - well since 3/3 its some number lower than 100% but still pretty high
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:24 pm
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Well, it was 12,500 miles for the late flight, and 25,000 for the earlier flight :-)

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since 3/3 its some number lower than 100%
What's 3/3?
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by sktnyc View Post
Well, it was 12,500 miles for the late flight, and 25,000 for the earlier flight :-)



What's 3/3?
3/3 was the date United migrated to SHARES and there are many reports of issues/bugs with the system since that date.

Its too early to tell what your chances are for the earlier flight. Do you have status? That is supposed to play a role in where you wind up on any standby list.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:34 pm
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Nope, no status here.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:49 pm
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as of right now, 90 open seats on that flight.. good luck!

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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Beerman92 View Post
3/3 was the date United migrated to SHARES and there are many reports of issues/bugs with the system since that date.

Its too early to tell what your chances are for the earlier flight. Do you have status? That is supposed to play a role in where you wind up on any standby list.
Status plays a HUGE role. It got me on a later PDX-ORD and ORD-LGA flight when it was Y1 and zeros everywhere else. Even the polite yet curt was a little surprised when BPs came out instead of a standby one.

OP - you can theoretically standby for free, as you're on a connection, if memory serves, even as a no status member. Just don't check bags.

Hard to tell if the Wednesday before Memorial Day will have a lot of Alaska traffic.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:55 pm
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Originally Posted by schnitzer View Post
as of right now, 16 open seats on that flight.. good luck!


@OP - The flight is two months out. Two hard to judge standby at that rate.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:58 pm
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@OP - The flight is two months out. Two hard to judge standby at that rate.
oops.. in that case.. i'm gonna say 'you never know'
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Old Mar 21, 12, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by schnitzer View Post
as of right now, 16 open seats on that flight.. good luck!
I see there are 69 'available' seats in economy class?
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Old Mar 22, 12, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by sktnyc View Post
I see there are 69 'available' seats in economy class?
something like that.., i originally scanned the wrong date.
there's always somebody who is a no-show, missed connection..etc. I wouldn't worry too much. make sure you check in exactly at 24hours in-case you are flighting for the last seat.. because the standby list is usually based on time-of check-in
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Old May 4, 12, 8:17 pm
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Now that it is less than three weeks away, I see 2 economy seats available, 30+ economy-reserved (?) seats, and 15+ economy plus seats. Does an available seat mean an empty seat? Or could there be lot of reservations with out assigned seating? And if all they have available are economy-reserved or economy plus seats, will I be eligible? Would I have to pay more than the usual $75?

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Old May 8, 12, 9:45 pm
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Bump. Anyone?
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Old May 8, 12, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by sktnyc View Post
Bump. Anyone?
There are always tons of reservations without assigned seating.

Is the flight available on saverpass now?
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