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Old Aug 1, 16, 6:55 pm
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Have a Simple Question About United Airlines/MileagePlus? Ask Here [2016 Part II]

I am supposed to send two employees to Belize on business tomorrow returning Thursday via IAH; INvest 97L is likely to become a storm and hit the Yucatan/Belize this week.

Any thoughts on when/if UNITED might put a travel advisory out?
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Old Aug 1, 16, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingHoustonian View Post
I am supposed to send two employees to Belize on business tomorrow returning Thursday via IAH; INvest 97L is likely to become a storm and hit the Yucatan/Belize this week.

Any thoughts on when/if UNITED might put a travel advisory out?
Given weather uncertainties airlines tend to wait until the forecast uncertainties decrease and there is a better estimate of significant of the distruption -- so perhaps 24 hours before the first flight disruptions??? can be sooner, can be later.
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Old Aug 2, 16, 9:56 am
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True, there are some benefits!

Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
for more on what benefits you might get

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-benefits.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...ed-united.html

Some UA elites have been able to get preferred seating on AC aircraft especially at the airport - not a certainty, but worth a try.
You, EmailKid, & mahasamatman are all correct.

I was incorrect when I said zero benefits.

I decided to just spend the $30 each way for an E+ equivalent seat. Worst case, client doesn't want to reimburse, but I did save them $400-$800 by booking on AC versus .bomb, so that's a good thing.
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Old Aug 2, 16, 1:37 pm
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Regarding 24-hours free cancellation policy: what if I booked a flight that's less than 24 hours away? Does it still apply? I don't see it being explicitly stated in here https://www.united.com/web/en-US/app...romoCode=A5753
And if it still does, can't it be used if I miss the flight?
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Old Aug 2, 16, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyFar888 View Post
Regarding 24-hours free cancellation policy: what if I booked a flight that's less than 24 hours away? Does it still apply? I don't see it being explicitly stated in here https://www.united.com/web/en-US/app...romoCode=A5753
And if it still does, can't it be used if I miss the flight?
Yes, UA will honor the 24 honor free cancellation even for tickets purchase less than 24 hours to departure. The cancellation needs to be done before scheduled departure (if a non-refundable fare).

Note the DOT rules do not require this, DOT allowed airlines to forgo the cancel period if purchased 7 days or less prior to departure. However, UA does honor up until departure the waiver.

For more see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...on-policy.html
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Old Aug 2, 16, 5:03 pm
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I just changed to Premier Platinum this morning and checked in for tomorrow's flight this afternoon. I noticed that the boarding pass still has me in boarding group 2 so assume that as far as the flight is concerned I am still a gold member.

When would the boarding group and upgrade list reflect my new status? Is there a way to get the status updated on the record?

Thanks!
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Old Aug 2, 16, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by sjunkerg View Post
I just changed to Premier Platinum this morning and checked in for tomorrow's flight this afternoon. I noticed that the boarding pass still has me in boarding group 2 so assume that as far as the flight is concerned I am still a gold member.

When would the boarding group and upgrade list reflect my new status? Is there a way to get the status updated on the record?

Thanks!
try again checking-in gain tomorrow before boarding -- it can take a day or so for status to propagate to all the subsystems
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Old Aug 3, 16, 12:52 am
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My family and myself are flying international with UA metal (FRA-SFO-FRA). Since for me this is a business trip, I booked a saver awards for them through my MP account, and for myself I booked a regular ticket such that we are all flying the same flights, however, different PNRs. As I am Elite MP, I chose E+ seats for myself free of charge. Is there a way to get them to E+ without paying the extra?
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Old Aug 3, 16, 1:40 am
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Originally Posted by absdotan99 View Post
My family and myself are flying international with UA metal (FRA-SFO-FRA). Since for me this is a business trip, I booked a saver awards for them through my MP account, and for myself I booked a regular ticket such that we are all flying the same flights, however, different PNRs. As I am Elite MP, I chose E+ seats for myself free of charge. Is there a way to get them to E+ without paying the extra?
Since you selected E+ at booking for yourself you must be a Premier Gold or higher.

Golds can (by calling) guest 1 traveling companion into E+ for free.

Plat or higher can (by calling) guest up to 8 additional traveling companions into E+ for free.
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Since you selected E+ at booking for yourself you must be a Premier Gold or higher.

Golds can (by calling) guest 1 traveling companion into E+ for free.

Plat or higher can (by calling) guest up to 8 additional traveling companions into E+ for free.
Wow, I thought they had to be on the same PNR, that's good news!
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:34 am
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I am looking at a flight 3 months from now. I notice the lowest fare ($132) as well as economy flexible fare ($257). Do these flexible fares go up in price? Or would I be better off just waiting and watching the lowest fare raise up? That is, can I assume the flex fare is the highest I'll pay if I wait to book?

Also - are flexible fares fully refundable up to date of departure?
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
I am looking at a flight 3 months from now. I notice the lowest fare as well as economy flexible fare. Do these flexible fares go up in price? I always thought they stayed the same - but since it shows as pretty low I'm guessing both the lowest as well as flex fares can go higher as the date approaches. True?
Correct. A flexible fare is frequently in a high fare class with a 0-day advance purchase, but neither of these are necessarily the case. It is possible for the inventory of the flexible fare to close, or for it not to be a zero day fare.

Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
Also - are flexible fares fully refundable up to date of departure?
On a domestic ticket, yes. International tickets tend to have more complicated options than "refundable" or "not refundable" so it's worth reading the fare rules.
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
Correct. A flexible fare is frequently in a high fare class with a 0-day advance purchase, but neither of these are necessarily the case. It is possible for the inventory of the flexible fare to close, or for it not to be a zero day fare.

On a domestic ticket, yes. International tickets tend to have more complicated options than "refundable" or "not refundable" so it's worth reading the fare rules.
So for clarity, you're saying the flex fare I am seeing today could go up in price as the date gets closer?
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
So for clarity, you're saying the flex fare I am seeing today could go up in price as the date gets closer?
Yes, it could. It is less likely to do so than the non-refundable fare, but it certainly may change.
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Old Aug 3, 16, 11:08 pm
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If I have a CPU confirmed, can I choose to give that seat to someone else at the gate? My wife and I are traveling, I got the CPU but she did not, and I'd prefer her to have the F seat.

Can I tell the GA and have our seats swapped, or should we just switch seats while boarding?
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