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Pro/Cons of booking partner itineraries on partner site vs united.com

Pro/Cons of booking partner itineraries on partner site vs united.com

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Booking on United.com (016 ticket)
Pro
-Category bonus with United Chase Credit cards (ie- the Explorer Card earns two miles per dollar spent on United.com but not on Lufthansa.com, for example)
- Deal directly with UA on UA schedule changes
- UA change rules are generally more generous
Con
- Many partner flights will be booked as UA codeshare and this can make some things more difficult or impossible -- such as *A upgrades, seat assignments, actual partner fare class is hidden, ..
- While not a major thing, in irrops, codeshares can be an extra issue for the agent
= Due to plating restrictions, partners may not allow UA access to the partners best fares

Partner site
Pro
- Native flight numbers (No codeshare issues)
- Deal directly with partner for partner schedule changes
- Access to partner's lowest fares

Unclear
- partner flights will earn PQPs based on miles and multiple and UA operated flights will earn PQPs in the fare method -- which may be hard to determine in advance
Not hard rule which is better but a good chance for higher cost tickets PQPs on 016 ticket are better, and also for lower cost fares, you need to run the numbers.

Does not matter
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PQP earning & UA Lifetime mileage earning is unaffected by booking method
- On UA operated flight your UA elite benefits fully apply and you can use PlusPoints or miles to upgrade
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Old Apr 2, 19, 4:49 pm
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Please correct me if I 'm wrong but I believe UA likes to price all partner (but not JV) tickets based 100% mileage accrual, so these tend to be higher fare classes than if you were buying straight from said partner.

I see that JV partners like ANA actually pricing is very similar if not identical to UA, but other carriers like OZ will be a lot more expensive on UA website. I'm guessing SQ doesn't have JV with UA?
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Old Apr 2, 19, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by maverickar15 View Post
Please correct me if I 'm wrong but I believe UA likes to price all partner (but not JV) tickets based 100% mileage accrual, so these tend to be higher fare classes than if you were buying straight from said partner. ...
In most case, by the use of plating restrictions, the partner is limiting UA's access to discount fare classes.
SQ is a classical example of this limitation -- created by SQ, not UA.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by maverickar15 View Post
Please correct me if I 'm wrong but I believe UA likes to price all partner (but not JV) tickets based 100% mileage accrual, so these tend to be higher fare classes than if you were buying straight from said partner.

I see that JV partners like ANA actually pricing is very similar if not identical to UA, but other carriers like OZ will be a lot more expensive on UA website. I'm guessing SQ doesn't have JV with UA?
typically, UA has nothing to do with this. Typically, its the OAL that has plating restrictions where they only allow full fares unless ticketed on their own stock (or those of JV partners. Some of the carriers that do this are SQ, TG, OZ, NZ, SA & BR - Im sure there are others as well.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
For UA, to earn PQDs it must be
1) a UA operated flight (any ticket stock)
or
2) A partner operated flight on 016 ticket stock

nothing else

flight numbers mean nothing
As I expected. Sigh. Thanks for the definitive answer.
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Old Jan 24, 22, 2:23 pm
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Ive been tracking the price of a UA flight on Google flights that happens to also be a codeshare available on Air Canada. The price of the AC-stock flight is 25% less than the 016-stock flight on United.

1. If I book this UA flight via Air Canada, will I get to use my 1K benefits?
2. Curious, who sets the price on the codeshare tickets? Never have seen such a big price discrepancy before.

Im sure this has been answered before, apologies in advanced.
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Old Jan 24, 22, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by az22 View Post
.... 1. If I book this UA flight via Air Canada, will I get to use my 1K benefits? ...
Yes, except you will need to deal with AC for ticket issues and you will not get UA's change policies.

Originally Posted by az22 View Post
....2. Curious, who sets the price on the codeshare tickets? Never have seen such a big price discrepancy before. .....
Codeshares have access to different inventory and if the lower fare class has sold out on UA, you can see this. It will likely readjust soon.
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Old Jan 24, 22, 3:47 pm
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Thanks! I couldn’t tell what fare class the AC ticket was during the booking process. Don’t know if there is an “expert flyer mode” equivalent over there.

Interesting on the codeshare inventory access.. didn’t know that. Now I’ll be sure to check UA codeshares on partners before booking.
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Old Jan 24, 22, 5:48 pm
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Originally Posted by az22 View Post
Ive been tracking the price of a UA flight on Google flights that happens to also be a codeshare available on Air Canada. The price of the AC-stock flight is 25% less than the 016-stock flight on United.

1. If I book this UA flight via Air Canada, will I get to use my 1K benefits?
2. Curious, who sets the price on the codeshare tickets? Never have seen such a big price discrepancy before.

Im sure this has been answered before, apologies in advanced.
It is normal to see UA codeshares more expensive than AC native flight numbers. UA does not open up K, G very often. I have seen differences >25% on transborder flights. Earning miles will be MUCH better in most cases on a 016 UA ticket. I sometimes book outbound UA codeshare and inbound AC code to get the 016 ticket and 1/2 the price-difference
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