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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 Apr 23, 19, 2:47 am
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Originally Posted by Brent Brady View Post
Hi all, just like to confirm that GPUs cannot be applied to X/XN award tickets. I am a 1K.

I assume not because it's not a paid fare, but I've also heard stories of GS being able to do this. ...
Both your understandings are correct

1Ks cannot use GPUs on award tickets but GS can.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 3:24 am
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
As an independent observer, my read of "backwards" in this context is "reversed," not "wrong."

Then again, what do I know, English isn't my first language .....
I am a native English speaker, and I endorse your reading.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 3:08 pm
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Not sure if this is the right thread to ask, but here goes. I have 180k miles and need to get 3 award tickets R/T to Russia on the second or third week of June (1 adult 2 kids) and coming back in like August. Unfortunately, United only has 70k awards, for June, I don't see any 30k ones. The only closest 30k awards are May 30th, and July 5th. If, let's say, I book one of those, can I call and switch my ticket to the date I want in June? Or will United ask me for an additional 40k miles per ticket?

I did try calling them about award availability and they said they also only see 70k flights in June.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by stormpelt View Post
If, let's say, I book one of those, can I call and switch my ticket to the date I want in June? Or will United ask me for an additional 40k miles per ticket?
They will ask for the additional miles. Saver-level availability can be difficult to find during popular travel times.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 4:55 pm
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I may want to change my dates for an upcoming return trip, something I do very rarely. On the https://www.united.com/en/us/manageres/tripdetails/ page, there is a "Change Flight" option. At present I just want to see what my options are without making any commitment. If I select this option, does it in any way commit me to actually make changes?
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Pete View Post
I may want to change my dates for an upcoming return trip, something I do very rarely. On the https://www.united.com/en/us/manageres/tripdetails/ page, there is a "Change Flight" option. At present I just want to see what my options are without making any commitment. If I select this option, does it in any way commit me to actually make changes?
No, you can still back out. That button just will give you some options. It's pretty clear when you get to the point where you are actually making the change (and of course, you'll have to pay change fee / fare difference if applicable).

The change feature on the website sometimes behaves poorly, so if you're not seeing what you'd expect (i.e. the same itineraries you could buy today) you should call in too.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Pete View Post
I may want to change my dates for an upcoming return trip, something I do very rarely. On the https://www.united.com/en/us/manageres/tripdetails/ page, there is a "Change Flight" option. At present I just want to see what my options are without making any commitment. If I select this option, does it in any way commit me to actually make changes?
No
Note if a multi-person PNR, make sure all are included or the PNR will get split.

BTW, the online flight change is sometimes wonky and comes up with expensive fares -- if the fare seems out of whack, call.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 5:03 am
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Thank you, threeoh and WineCountryUA.
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Old Apr 30, 19, 9:30 am
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Dumb question...wanting to book family of 5 to Lihue, HI. United seems to have best deal...when I am on the page there's an offer for credit card. 25k points and $250 credit with first purchase. made me think maybe I can use the credit card to book the flight....do i need to sign up for deal first? or can i do at check out? i know there's a 60k mileage offer but no credit issued. which would be better in this situation ? or should i just not worry about it? i like the check bag and priority boarding whereas if i just book without the united card i don't get either... thanks. sorry if really dumb question. newbie. Trish
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Old Apr 30, 19, 11:59 am
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Originally Posted by TnTWalter View Post
Dumb question...wanting to book family of 5 to Lihue, HI. United seems to have best deal...when I am on the page there's an offer for credit card. 25k points and $250 credit with first purchase. made me think maybe I can use the credit card to book the flight....do i need to sign up for deal first? or can i do at check out? i know there's a 60k mileage offer but no credit issued. which would be better in this situation ? or should i just not worry about it? i like the check bag and priority boarding whereas if i just book without the united card i don't get either... thanks. sorry if really dumb question. newbie. Trish
Not at all a dumb question

There's a lot here to unpack, and it depends quite a bit on your personal preferences and the situation. A good resource to be aware of is the United Explorer Card thread, which has some of the best information about the card in particular. I'm not familiar with the current sign-up bonuses, but historically I would call 50k miles the minimum for a good offer, and they have ranged as high as 70k miles + $50 credit + FYF (first year free).

Whether the $250 credit is a good deal depends a lot on how you value miles. Most people on FT value them between $0.014 and $0.020 (giving a value of $490 to $700 of the miles you are missing out on for the credit), but this is heavily colored by the fact that we usually use them for premium cabin travel (e.g. I'm flying to Europe in J for 160k r/t) or in situations where, combined with our status, they offer an excellent deal for a close-in refundable ticket. If you are not in a situation where you can accumulate a lot of United miles and/or make status on United, the value of miles to you may be far less - and the $250 credit is a sure thing today whereas miles are a depreciating currency that doesn't earn interest.

I'm not 100% sure, but you should be able to click through the ad in a way which allows you to claim the credit against your current purchase if you are approved.
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Old Apr 30, 19, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by TnTWalter View Post
i like the check bag and priority boarding whereas if i just book without the united card i don't get either... thanks. sorry if really dumb question. newbie. Trish
Assuming you get the card before you fly, you'll still get priority boarding (BG2). It says you need to pay with the card, but you don't.

However, to get the checked bag benefit you do need to make the purchase with the card.
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Old Apr 30, 19, 2:54 pm
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Thanks for answering.

I think for me the best would be to be able to get the $250 credit so the airfare doesn't hurt as much. I would want to count the airfare as my qualifying purchase [>$2k]....
I'm just now sure if it's instantaneous which would defeat the purpose of going with that deal if that makes sense.

I hate to apply to find out I can't use on airfare purchase today...
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Old Apr 30, 19, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by TnTWalter View Post
Thanks for answering.

I think for me the best would be to be able to get the $250 credit so the airfare doesn't hurt as much. I would want to count the airfare as my qualifying purchase [>$2k]....
I'm just now sure if it's instantaneous which would defeat the purpose of going with that deal if that makes sense.

I hate to apply to find out I can't use on airfare purchase today...
Given the wording of the ad ("your purchase with credit") I'm 90% sure you can charge the flight to your new card, but someone with more recent experience can confirm.
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Old May 2, 19, 6:21 am
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Do you earn the same PQMs when booking a flight using miles?

This is a very simple question that I should know, but Iím in a situation where I will have far more spend for platinum than necessary but short on miles. I also have about 400k award miles so (if I get pqms on mileage flights, could easily utilize these)

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Old May 2, 19, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by cpmac View Post
This is a very simple question that I should know, but Iím in a situation where I will have far more spend for platinum than necessary but short on miles. I also have about 400k award miles so (if I get pqms on mileage flights, could easily utilize these)
No. Award flights earn neither award miles nor status credit.
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