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Old Mar 29, 19, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
A ticket is governed by its most restrictive component, so even if it is real Y (which it may or may not be), it should have no effect.
I can't think of any scenario under which the fare rules would change. There are plenty of other places where UA uses the RBD instead of the fare class (meaning Y rather than T in this scenario), but I don't think calculating changes would be one of them, since I don't think they actually refare the tickets when they rebook them. For changes (not refunds), the most restrictive language generally only applies to the changed fare components.

That said, OP: if you're too sick to travel, UA will refund your change fees. You may need to get a doctor's note saying that travel is inadvisable.

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Old Mar 29, 19, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
A ticket is governed by its most restrictive component, so even if it is real Y (which it may or may not be), it should have no effect.
Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
I can't think of any scenario under which the fare rules would change. There are plenty of other places where UA uses the RBD instead of the fare class (meaning Y rather than T in this scenario), but I don't think calculating changes would be one of them, since I don't think they actually refare the tickets when they rebook them. For changes (not refunds), the most restrictive language generally only applies to the changed fare components.

That said, OP: if you're too sick to travel, UA will refund your change fees. You may need to get a doctor's note saying that travel is inadvisable.
Thank you both for useful info!

jsloan, now I'm curious how it works for refunds if you don't mind elaborating? (for educational purposes - I'm going ahead and changing this one)

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Old Apr 1, 19, 4:09 pm
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Quick question.

Im moving from Australia to Houston. Originally had a flight that gets into LAX at 6.40am and leaving at 12.55am as I was going to meet up with friends in the afternoon.

The United attendant said I couldnít check my bags through as the connection was greater than 12 hours. So I switched my flight to an earlier flight.

Apart from the moral ethics, would there be any issues if I now change my flights to the later flight. I fully acknowledge I need to do customs in LAX. I just donít want to be lugging around bags all day.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by sooty View Post
Apart from the moral ethics, would there be any issues if I now change my flights to the later flight. I fully acknowledge I need to do customs in LAX. I just donít want to be lugging around bags all day.
You won't be able to change your flight without getting your bag re-tagged. You can try explaining the situation in LAX and see if you get a sympathetic agent.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
You won't be able to change your flight without getting your bag re-tagged. You can try explaining the situation in LAX and see if you get a sympathetic agent.
Awesome! thanks jsloan, itís much appreciated.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by sooty View Post
Im moving from Australia to Houston. Originally had a flight that gets into LAX at 6.40am and leaving at 12.55am as I was going to meet up with friends in the afternoon.

The United attendant said I couldn’t check my bags through as the connection was greater than 12 hours. So I switched my flight to an earlier flight.
Old restriction but some agents still enforce
Overnight, long layover/connection check through baggage question (consolidated)

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...would there be any issues if I now change my flights to the later flight. I fully acknowledge I need to do customs in LAX. I just don’t want to be lugging around bags all day.
Are you talking about SDC after checking bags? Can be difficult to do SDC and would require an agent (not app). But it probably would work.

If you SDC before checking bags, the checkin agent may ofject to the 17 hour layover for bags.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 7:11 pm
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Economy Plus Automatic Upgrade

I booked a roundtrip flight from LAX to Tokyo. First leg is on United, second is via ANA. As you all know, MileagePlus Gold and above get automatic upgrades from Economy to EconomyPlus when flying with United directly. Does this same perk extend to ANA and other Star Alliance as well? Basically, do I get the same upgrade privilege on the ANA leg as I do on the United leg?

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Old Apr 1, 19, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by slumber123 View Post
I booked a roundtrip flight from LAX to Tokyo. First leg is on United, second is via ANA. As you all know, MileagePlus Gold and above get automatic upgrades from Economy to EconomyPlus when flying with United directly. ...
E+ access is a benefit on UA for just UA elites.

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Does this same perk extend to ANA and other Star Alliance as well? Basically, do I get the same upgrade privilege on the ANA leg as I do on the United leg?....
The concept of E+ does not exist on other *A carriers. Those carriers do have limited "preferred" seating --- bulkheads, exit row, ... for their elites. A few may offer access for UA elites at the gate but in general no. You can ask at the gate for an "improved" seat.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 9:02 pm
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Why are there no first class seats from ORD to PEK in the next month or so?
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Old Apr 2, 19, 9:09 pm
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Originally Posted by FTA View Post
Why are there no first class seats from ORD to PEK in the next month or so?
On UA? UA no longer has international first class.

Are you asking about another carrier? Cash or award tickets?
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Old Apr 2, 19, 9:37 pm
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UA no longer has international first class.
Yes UA. Oh, didn't know that. Thank you
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Old Apr 3, 19, 10:00 am
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I should know this. Looking at LAX-xxx-ADD in business. See LAX-YYZ-ADD, with the first leg Air Canada economy, connecting to Ethiopian business. Can I wait list for business on AC, or is that just on UA metal? And if I can, from a practical standpoint, any chance it will happen? Thanks.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 10:01 am
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Originally Posted by abaheti View Post
Looking at LAX-xxx-ADD in business. See LAX-YYZ-ADD, with the first leg Air Canada economy, connecting to Ethiopian business. Can I wait list for business on AC
No, not possible.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 10:30 am
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Does Air Canada fly to ADD?

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Old Apr 3, 19, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by FlyingHighlander View Post
Does Air Canada fly to ADD?
No
The OP is asking about waitlisting on the LAX-YYZ leg operated by AC and then continuing to ADD on ET.
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