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Business class fare sale to Europe Jul/Aug 2012

Business class fare sale to Europe Jul/Aug 2012

Old Jun 28, 12, 8:07 pm
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Business class fare sale to Europe Jul/Aug 2012

There are a lot of very low business class fares to Europe now for travel between July 14th and September 2nd. I found a lot of "P" class round trips for $2000 from SFO to LHR, even on the non-stops, for example. Apparently, if you bought a business class ticket within the last 30 days at a higher fare you can "re-fare" for a $50 charge and get the refund as a transferable dollar amount voucher good for future tickets. (I am not sure whether the low re-fare fee is for everyone, or just for cerain levels of elites.)
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Old Jun 28, 12, 9:16 pm
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Originally Posted by mdspadeccom View Post
There are a lot of very low business class fares to Europe now for travel between July 14th and September 2nd. I found a lot of "P" class round trips for $2000 from SFO to LHR, even on the non-stops, for example. Apparently, if you bought a business class ticket within the last 30 days at a higher fare you can "re-fare" for a $50 charge and get the refund as a transferable dollar amount voucher good for future tickets. (I am not sure whether the low re-fare fee is for everyone, or just for cerain levels of elites.)
Like everything else with COdbaUA, you won't get what's promised. I recently did a re-fare, and I never got the voucher. I've written 3 times now to 1kvoice, no response.
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Old Jun 28, 12, 9:28 pm
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Originally Posted by mdspadeccom View Post
There are a lot of very low business class fares to Europe now for travel between July 14th and September 2nd. I found a lot of "P" class round trips for $2000 from SFO to LHR, even on the non-stops, for example. Apparently, if you bought a business class ticket within the last 30 days at a higher fare you can "re-fare" for a $50 charge and get the refund as a transferable dollar amount voucher good for future tickets. (I am not sure whether the low re-fare fee is for everyone, or just for cerain levels of elites.)
It is very likely dependent on your original fare, rather than your elite status.
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Old Jun 28, 12, 10:44 pm
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With the merger, have the refaring rules changed to avoid the drastic $250 international refare fee? $50 sounds much more reasonable to me.
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Old Jun 28, 12, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by mitchmu View Post
Like everything else with COdbaUA, you won't get what's promised. I recently did a re-fare, and I never got the voucher. I've written 3 times now to 1kvoice, no response.
They gave me the voucher code and the associated pin over the telephone, so I could use it today if I wanted!
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Old Jun 28, 12, 11:58 pm
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This "Europe" sale is a match to BA/One world business class fare sale to LHR.
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Old Jun 29, 12, 12:03 am
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
This "Europe" sale is a match to BA/One world business class fare sale to LHR.
I looked into changing my itin around a bit but, sadly, my trip across the pond is on July 12th, two days prior. So I remain on ORD-FRA and CDG-ORD legs in paid Y while my son travels in award F.
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Old Jun 29, 12, 10:45 am
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Great deal..comparable the brief LHR fares for the Diamond Jubilee... I'm hoping I can arrange some business travel for the latter half of August.
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Old Jun 29, 12, 10:56 am
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Have other carriers matched this besides UA matching BA?
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Old Jun 29, 12, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by chitownflyer View Post
With the merger, have the refaring rules changed to avoid the drastic $250 international refare fee? $50 sounds much more reasonable to me.
No. It's still $250 to change restricted coach tickets.

Originally Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky View Post
I looked into changing my itin around a bit but, sadly, my trip across the pond is on July 12th, two days prior. So I remain on ORD-FRA and CDG-ORD legs in paid Y while my son travels in award F.
Can you take advantage of the sale fare on the return? Wonder if it's possible to have one leg in P if part of a roundtrip?

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Old Jun 29, 12, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by SFOTurtle View Post
Can you take advantage of the sale fare on the return? Wonder if it's possible to have one leg in P if part of a roundtrip?
According to the rules it is possible to combine on a half round trip basis. The fares to LHR are indeed right around $2,000..but other cities in Europe are more..up around $2,700 to $2,800.
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Old Jun 29, 12, 1:51 pm
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Thanks OP! Booked several seats on SFO-LHR nonstop return last night at $2K and glad I didn't wait like normal. Looks like that route for July/Aug is pricing out much higher now even with stops.... the deal may be gone.

Updated to add: it's a few hours later and the prices are back to 2K for this route.

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Old Jun 29, 12, 2:53 pm
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And, rebooking/upgrade pricing is still all over the place.

I had a fare for ORD-MAN in July I'd originally booked in Y since they wanted way too much for BF.

My original fare in Y was $1240.

Just checked.

Cost to upgrade using $$ was around $1K each way
Cost to upgrade using miles was $550 plus 20,000 miles each way

Cost of a new ticket in BF was $2200

Cost to rebook into BF? $760 plus a $250 change fee.

Rebooking was cheaper than either buyup options, and equal to the price of a new ticket even including the change fee. And I get the bonus miles and other bennies for paid BF.

An upgradable Y ticket is pricing out at $3K.

There is simply no logic.

Update: just checked a similar ugrade/rebook for FRA in October. For this I could do the $1100 plus 40,000 miles, but they want $12,000 for a new ticket, looks like some of the legs have no availability in paid BF so it's booking into GF, but here are upgrade seats available.

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Old Jun 29, 12, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SEA1K4EVR View Post
other cities in Europe are more..up around $2,700 to $2,800.
Right you are.
I just booked SFO-MUC at ual.com for next month at 2,696.20 USD.

Itinerary: SFO-LHR-MUC, returning MUC-ORD-SFO.

ORG-SFO leg is Lufthansa A-340 (Business).
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