Dynamic Award Pricing and ExpertFlyer

Old Aug 19, 19, 12:15 pm
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Dynamic Award Pricing and ExpertFlyer

Apologies if this has already been covered, I cant get search to work on my phone.

With the change to dynamic award pricing, does anyone know how that will work with fare classes (and therefore ExpertFlyer)?

As with many of you, I have multiple alerts saved searching for specific inventory (right now, looking for I inventory on various routes). With the new award pricing, will there still be a correlation between the fare bucket and the mileage price for the award?

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Old Aug 19, 19, 12:21 pm
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With the new award pricing, will there still be a correlation between the fare bucket and the mileage price for the award?
UA hasn't made any announcements. So far, for tickets booked after 11/15, the "I" bucket still exists and it refers to saver-level pricing. However, that's (extremely) subject to change.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 3:55 pm
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I expect the I space you see on EF will be the space available to partners, at whatever rates those partners choose to charge for it in their own program. May or may not be tied in any particular UA MP mileage price or range.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 4:15 pm
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I expect the I space you see on EF will be the space available to partners, at whatever rates those partners choose to charge for it in their own program. May or may not be tied in any particular UA MP mileage price or range.
If that ends up being the case, then I space will (presumably) serve no purpose with as far as UA metal is concerned, unless booking UA metal through another program (Aeroplan, etc.).
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Old Aug 19, 19, 4:20 pm
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If that ends up being the case, then I space will (presumably) serve no purpose with as far as UA metal is concerned, unless booking UA metal through another program (Aeroplan, etc.).
It's all speculation at this point. That's one possible result; another is that you still care about I space because it's still an indicator of lower-than-average prices for awards using MileagePlus as the currency.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 4:57 pm
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I expect the I space you see on EF will be the space available to partners, at whatever rates those partners choose to charge for it in their own program. May or may not be tied in any particular UA MP mileage price or range.
I'm reasonably confident this is correct, since EF does not pull UA X and I from UA directly.

The follow-on point is that if X or I are made available to partners, it will likely be made available by UA at whatever their lowest award level/price is for that particular award.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 1:11 am
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The follow-on point is that if X or I are made available to partners, it will likely be made available by UA at whatever their lowest award level/price is for that particular award.
Possibly, or they may have multiple price points for X and I. In fact, they do already, but through November 15, they're discounts from the value in the chart. After November 15, they could be anything.

All else being equal, I suspect you will find a better fare (in miles) for a flight with I/X > 0 than you will for a similar flight with I/X = 0. Beyond that, I'm not really sure what to expect.
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I'm reasonably confident this is correct, since EF does not pull UA X and I from UA directly.
What reservations portal does EF use for Star Alliance award availability? I thought I had read someplace they *did* use UA's reservation system.
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Old Aug 20, 19, 5:40 am
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What reservations portal does EF use for Star Alliance award availability? I thought I had read someplace they *did* use UA's reservation system.
I cannot speak to what is currently in use but I know that EF has scraped various UA sources directly in the past.
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What reservations portal does EF use for Star Alliance award availability? I thought I had read someplace they *did* use UA's reservation system.
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I cannot speak to what is currently in use but I know that EF has scraped various UA sources directly in the past.
After posting my question, I wondered if the Apollo were the source pre-merger, but with the move to SHARES EF found another source.
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