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Check Your UA Itineraries for Schedule Changes and what to do after one [Archive]

Check Your UA Itineraries for Schedule Changes and what to do after one [Archive]

Old Feb 20, 16, 8:32 am
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Last October I booked two tickets in F, EWR to YVR one way. Had to do separate PRNs because I was booking with credit from an old flight we had to cancel due to a death in the family. All new routing but I found a good deal going EWR-SFO-YVR with about a 2 hour connection in SFO. At the time I booked the only non-stop offered was on AC and the price was high so I opted for the connection. The other day doing routine checks I saw that the connect time has gone to over 4 hours at SFO and UA now has two daily non-stops from EWR to YVR so I called the Premier line and with in 15 minutes it was all fixed, including fixing the PRN on wife's res because they had put in wrong when they linked them...It was kind of nice to get some quick and easy help for a change. Moral to the story, always check your reservations for changes and you don't like the change, make that call and be nice.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
I really wish they included the old schedule when indicating that there's a change.
Agree. I have a special sub-folder for my emails where I park all the confirmations from United. I have to look there to figure out the original schedules each time.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
I really wish they included the old schedule when indicating that there's a change.
I wish they marked the itin as Schedule Change in the itin list, like the old UA did.

That way you could see what's impacted without having to click each reservation.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
I really wish they included the old schedule when indicating that there's a change.
Even if they did, I wouldn't trust it. I keep my own records so I know exactly what's happening.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
I don't think I've ever had a schedule change that didn't go my way in the end.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
I don't think I've ever had a schedule change that didn't go my way in the end.
On high frequency domestic itineraries, sure.

But in small markets with limited service, or larger markets with 1 or 2 flights a day, a schedule change can ruin an entire trip.

I've had Caribbean tickets completely destroyed by schedule changes, where there were no single-day options to fly without a forced overnight somewhere. Sure, I could probably get UA to pay for the hotel in that circumstance, but if I don't have the time, it doesn't matter.

Sometimes your choices are: 1) take an extra vacation day and spend the night in some dumpy EWR hotel (if you can get the extra day off); OR 2) refund it and buy a ticket on AA for whatever they're asking; OR 3) refund it and cancel the trip, hoping you don't lose much on hotel.

Or sometimes they'll change the days of the week they serve a destination, so your Friday flight is now a Saturday flight. If you don't like that, you can go Thursday.

Those are the nasty ones. Not your run of the mill domestic flight between major cities.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 9:06 am
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Check your April flights. Just found two schedule changes. Both were totally screwy (almost five hour connection in ORD), with much better options. Thankfully I was able to get moved into those better flights but would be nice if UA would have done so in the first place. As Global Services, a little frustrating they'd re-route me to arrive over three hours late (and after midnight), with a 5 hour connection at ORD.

So important to stay on top of all your rez and your seat assignments.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Looks like they changed the wording on schedule change notices when viewing reservations. One of mine now reads:



Pretty sure my meal was always dinner. It was originally departing ~5:30 PM
Just checked itineraries again and the same red schedule change message appeared again even thought I accepted the changes yesterday.

Is it groundhog day?
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Old Feb 21, 16, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Just checked itineraries again and the same red schedule change message appeared again even thought I accepted the changes yesterday.

Is it groundhog day?
I've had that happen if there was a cert used in the purchase process and I had to call in to get it cleared. If that's the case with your schedule change, call in and speak to an agent to accept it
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Old Feb 21, 16, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Just checked itineraries again and the same red schedule change message appeared again even thought I accepted the changes yesterday.
Never trust anything you see or do on united.com on the weekend.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 2:55 pm
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No cert used for purchase. Simple one way trip to LAX in business on a 3 cabin 777. I did apply an RPU to move up to First, which is wait listed.

Not a big deal. Will check it again tomorrow. Just funny to me all the blips with United's system.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Never trust anything you see or do on united.com on the weekend.
Why limit this good advice to only the weekend?
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Old Feb 21, 16, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by transportprof View Post
Why limit this good advice to only the weekend?
Personal experience. I find reliability on weekdays to be around 80-90%, dropping to 20-30% on weekends.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Personal experience. I find reliability on weekdays to be around 80-90%, dropping to 20-30% on weekends.
Me too. But it's the 90% reliability that one needs to be even more vigilant about. When there is only a 10% error rate, the problems can slip through if one lets one's guard down during weekday booking (and other) transactions.

I apply the Reagan Doctrine to all my dealings with United, namely: "Trust, but verify."
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Old Feb 21, 16, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Never trust anything you see or do on united.com on the weekend.
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