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Welcome to this thread to ask your basic, simple questions about United Airlines, its operations, or the MileagePlus program. We know that the airline is complex and weíve created this thread for new and veteran members to ask those basic questions about United Airlines that you think must have an easy answer but just canít find it or arenít sure where to look.

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Old Mar 20, 19, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelinSperry View Post
Excellent, thank you. It's a domestic itinerary. I'll double check, but sometimes those fare rules are very hard to understand.
Or call in the first 24 hours while changes are still free.
Note some refundable fares still have a cancellation fee (after 24 hours).
Flex fare vs Unrestricted fare. Refundability? Translation please?
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Old Mar 21, 19, 4:59 am
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upgrading to Business class from USA to SE asia

I fly often this route but generally uses one world and use the full miles to pay for a ticket. Is there any value in upgrading an economy/ or economy plus on united or partner to business with miles? From what I've randomly looked at it looks like the economy fare would be high and then there's a copay.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 5:25 am
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Is it always possible to upgrade? Or do you often get waitlisted when trying to upgrade with miles?
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Old Mar 21, 19, 5:59 am
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Originally Posted by bernyx View Post
I fly often this route but generally uses one world and use the full miles to pay for a ticket. Is there any value in upgrading an economy/ or economy plus on united or partner to business with miles? From what I've randomly looked at it looks like the economy fare would be high and then there's a copay.
Upgrading an economy class ticket with miles is generally not considered a great value. In theory, you can upgrade any United fare except Basic Economy, but the copay is pretty severe. To upgrade a partner flight, you need to purchase a rather expensive ticket. If you have the miles to pay for a saver award, and you can find saver award space, that's generally the preferred route.

Originally Posted by FlyingHighlander View Post
Is it always possible to upgrade? Or do you often get waitlisted when trying to upgrade with miles?
It is much more common to be waitlisted than to clear immediately.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Upgrading an economy class ticket with miles is generally not considered a great value. In theory, you can upgrade any United fare except Basic Economy, but the copay is pretty severe. To upgrade a partner flight, you need to purchase a rather expensive ticket. If you have the miles to pay for a saver award, and you can find saver award space, that's generally the preferred route.


It is much more common to be waitlisted than to clear immediately.
and I see premium economy can commonly cost around $3000 one way for that routing
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by bernyx View Post
and I see premium economy can commonly cost around $3000 one way for that routing
One-way international fares are typically very expensive. You will do better purchasing a round-trip ticket.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:40 am
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Greetings and Salutations,

About to make my semi-annual trek to Guam and notice the IAH-HNL-GUM routing now has only a 45 min connection time at HNL. That seems shorter than years past; do you all think that is doable presuming on-time flights as a GS?

Any inputs from other recent flyers are appreciated.

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Old Mar 21, 19, 10:39 pm
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Thank you!
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Old Mar 22, 19, 4:20 pm
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Our 735p ORD-MEX flight is delayed...they say 1.5 hrs but the plane has to go to YYZ and back, I estimate it won't leave for MEX until 11pm. How long an official delay is required before they will allow us to get a refund or rebook us?
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Old Mar 22, 19, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
Our 735p ORD-MEX flight is delayed...they say 1.5 hrs but the plane has to go to YYZ and back, I estimate it won't leave for MEX until 11pm. How long an official delay is required before they will allow us to get a refund or rebook us?
Believe official policy is 0h30 for rebook and 2h00 for refund. However, I would not rule out a frame swap if your inbound is from ORD.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
Believe official policy is 0h30 for rebook and 2h00 for refund. However, I would not rule out a frame swap if your inbound is from ORD.
Thanks! No swap, flight just took off, over 3 hours late, 1045pm. But rescheduling was no hassle at all, and we were glad to be have been informed of the delay before we left home. AA doesn't do that.

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Old Mar 23, 19, 12:33 am
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Hope this question is not too elementary. I have an Economy seat on a domestic flight in a few days. I want to upgrade to a seat in First by paying, not with miles. At the moment the price to upgrade is $157 per segment. At the moment there's still a good supply of seats available, or at least unassigned, in First. Will the price go down if I wait and try to buy it from the machine at the airport, the morning of the flight? Or will people have been upgraded into those seats by then?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by Flyz View Post
Hope this question is not too elementary. I have an Economy seat on a domestic flight in a few days. I want to upgrade to a seat in First by paying, not with miles. At the moment the price to upgrade is $157 per segment. At the moment there's still a good supply of seats available, or at least unassigned, in First. Will the price go down if I wait and try to buy it from the machine at the airport, the morning of the flight? Or will people have been upgraded into those seats by then?
Since you don't say your origin and destination it's hard to assess or even tell you if that's a good price and you should jump on it. Remember that other passengers may see that offer and take it. The usual metrics that I read here on FT, $60 per hour of travel is good.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 5:52 am
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I'm not asking so much whether that's a good price — more whether, if seats are still available the morning of the flight (flight leaves at 6:30 am), the price will go down in the last few hours before takeoff. Or are people automatically upgraded that morning, so no seats will be left when I arrive at the airport?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by Flyz View Post
I'm not asking so much whether that's a good price ó more whether, if seats are still available the morning of the flight (flight leaves at 6:30 am), the price will go down in the last few hours before takeoff. Or are people automatically upgraded that morning, so no seats will be left when I arrive at the airport?
You never know. Sometimes they leave two First Class seats that they only upgrade at the gate. Those might go to passengers that SDC into that flight or that purchase the TOD or to upgrades. Sometimes, there are no First Class seats left at all. If I even think that I would like to take a TOD, I do prefer to take it at the earliest time to get a better seat and not the last ones. There is no assurance that price will go down, sometimes they do go up. That's why I gave you the metrics.

If your flight is less than 3 days from now you can check the flight status on the United website to see how many First Class seats are sold. If the flight is further away you can check the number of First Class seats sold on the future flight status on www.cablepick.net/United.
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