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Questions About Travel Between IAH - DEL on United

Questions About Travel Between IAH - DEL on United

Old Jun 3, 12, 5:25 am
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Questions About Travel Between IAH - DEL on United

I am planning a trip from IAH to DEL. My travel time is flexible and would like to be in India for 10 days of R&R. Here are my questions:

Does the business class fare ever go on sale for this route?
When is a better time to visit India, October or November?
UA has only two class service to India, does LH have 3 class service and Can I use SWU to upgrade from business to first?
How difficult is it to do a SWU upgrade from economy to business on this route?

Thanks a million for your help.

Last edited by FlyinHawaiian; Jun 3, 12 at 9:16 am Reason: vague thread title
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Old Jun 3, 12, 9:08 am
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Another option

I had been waiting for a system wide upgrade to clear on the UA EWR to DEL flight for a few months, with Biz lightly booked, and nothing was clearing. Most have said that if the upgrade space isn't available at the time you are booking, it will only be processed at the gate. And that was too risky for me. So I ended up finding a very inexpensive business class ticket on Turkish out of New York (chicago also an option) that was only a little more than my coach ticket on UA. They have a great inflight product (full flat seat and great food), you won't get your additional mileage bonus credit for your status, but you do get class of service EQM.

UA has routinely been a more expensive option for India in Business. There are a number of other creative options for paid business if you don't mind the potential of an additional plane transfer.
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Old Jun 3, 12, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by Ilove2fly View Post
When is a better time to visit India, October or November?
We went in late November and it was quite nice. That said, the weather varies significantly depending on where in the country you are visiting.
Originally Posted by Ilove2fly View Post
UA has only two class service to India, does LH have 3 class service and Can I use SWU to upgrade from business to first?
Yes, LH has 3-cabin, though they are going to be culling 3-cabin from some routes. I have no idea if the India routes will be affected. To SWU from C->F you have to be on a full-fare biz ticket. ETA: And on LH metal GPUs are only day-of travel.
Originally Posted by Ilove2fly View Post
How difficult is it to do a SWU upgrade from economy to business on this route?
Some will clear but no guarantees. Just like pretty much every other route.

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