Lufthansa standby on United ticket

Old Feb 20, 19, 8:25 am
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Lufthansa standby on United ticket

One of my upcoming flights SFO-FRA-PRG is throwing up an itinerary with a 11 hr layover in FRA. Any chance that LH would allow me to standby for an earlier flight? The flight is in W class. Just looking for anecdotal reports from someone who has tried.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:30 am
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No - LH doesn't do "stand-by" like US carriers do. You can of course change your ticket to an earlier flight, with the prevailing change fees and fare difference applying.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:36 am
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Is this booked already, or not?

If you want to try and force a shorter connection, try using multi-city and searching for XXX-FRA as one segment, FRA-PRG the next (or MUC, or whatever). You'll get more options that way, or use Google Flights, and use the link to book with UA (you can filter for airline, or connecting point).

Put simply, UA's search engine is awful. While it's possible shorter layovers involve a flight that is sold out, more likely that UAs site is simply missing one (or several) normal/reasonable connections that shouldn't be a problem to book. Living in a spoke, I always check with multi-city or Google flights before booking on UAs site since this is frequently an issue.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 9:15 am
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You can call 1K desk for better connection time options. I was told recently that 1K booking with agent does not incur booking fees.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
Is this booked already, or not?

If you want to try and force a shorter connection, try using multi-city and searching for XXX-FRA as one segment, FRA-PRG the next (or MUC, or whatever). You'll get more options that way, or use Google Flights, and use the link to book with UA (you can filter for airline, or connecting point).

Put simply, UA's search engine is awful. While it's possible shorter layovers involve a flight that is sold out, more likely that UAs site is simply missing one (or several) normal/reasonable connections that shouldn't be a problem to book. Living in a spoke, I always check with multi-city or Google flights before booking on UAs site since this is frequently an issue.
Not booked yet. I had found SFO-EWR-MUC-PRG with much better times but I was trying to see if I can avoid an extra hop.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 9:48 am
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No - LH doesn't do "stand-by" like US carriers do. You can of course change your ticket to an earlier flight, with the prevailing change fees and fare difference applying.
its not so black and white. You just have to find the right LH agent. Try the Senator Lounge first.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 9:55 am
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LH doesn't do standby, in general. In my experience (as a former SEN and *G for the last 20 years) is that you'll be quoted the change fees (and fare difference, if applicable). This is at the First Class ticket desk, the transfer desk, and/or the Senator Lounge.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by CIT85 View Post
You can call 1K desk for better connection time options. I was told recently that 1K booking with agent does not incur booking fees.
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Not booked yet. I had found SFO-EWR-MUC-PRG with much better times but I was trying to see if I can avoid an extra hop.
1K desk should be able to help. Just feed them leg-by-leg and define desired booking class (W in your case) to ensure that you get the farebase & appropriate fare you are looking for.

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LH doesn't do standby, in general. In my experience (as a former SEN and *G for the last 20 years) is that you'll be quoted the change fees (and fare difference, if applicable). This is at the First Class ticket desk, the transfer desk, and/or the Senator Lounge.
It always strikes me as odd, why LH (and many other carriers) are following this rigid policy. Operationally, it makes sense to have pax on their way asap, as one never knows what might evolve as the day progresses (delays, overbooking, weather etc.).
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Old Feb 20, 19, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
1K desk should be able to help. Just feed them leg-by-leg and define desired booking class (W in your case) to ensure that you get the farebase & appropriate fare you are looking for.



It always strikes me as odd, why LH (and many other carriers) are following this rigid policy. Operationally, it makes sense to have pax on their way asap, as one never knows what might evolve as the day progresses (delays, overbooking, weather etc.).
I assume they do it for pricing. If you give away the expensive seats for free, nobody will pay for them. prob the same reason ua charges $75 for standby. I don't think WN even allows standby for general members? (but w no change fees you just buy up or maybe get an even exchange)
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Old Feb 20, 19, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by flyerbaby19 View Post
I assume they do it for pricing. If you give away the expensive seats for free, nobody will pay for them. prob the same reason ua charges $75 for standby. I don't think WN even allows standby for general members? (but w no change fees you just buy up or maybe get an even exchange)
Not necessarily. It also helps to know what each flights loading is. And you can sell the changes.
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Not necessarily. It also helps to know what each flights loading is. And you can sell the changes.
And cultural. In Germany, Ordnung mu sein. Germans frown upon folks trying to circumvent the rules.

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Old Feb 20, 19, 12:17 pm
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And cultural. In Germany, Ordnung m sein. Germans frown upon folks trying to circumvent the rules.
Jawohl! or "Ja-wohl" I guess.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 12:41 pm
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its not so black and white. You just have to find the right LH agent. Try the Senator Lounge first.
I concur. On my way to Naples in September, I had a planned 12 hour layover in MUC. I went to shower/freshen up and at lounge check in, asked about an earlier flight. The agent was incredibly helpful - told me to take my time and when I came back, she'd have everything ready, no bother at all. This has been my experience multiple times on LH (MUC-NAP, MUC-VIE, FRA-TXL - mix of front/back of the plane). I think policy is a no, but experience and some pleasantness plus a friendly lounge agent usually does the trick.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 1:00 pm
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The other reason not to give away freebie changes is that many people will pay the fee. Intra-European change fees are often not that high and the value proposition for 3-4 hours of downtime may make paying the fee quite easy.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 1:10 pm
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And cultural. In Germany, Ordnung m sein. Germans frown upon folks trying to circumvent the rules.
Though it's not rule circumvention if the ask is simply "can I change". Now if the point is "you bought a ticket for X flight; you vill fly that flight" then okay.
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