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Fare classes when booking with OTA and partners

Old Dec 12, 19, 11:33 am
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Fare classes when booking with OTA and partners

This may have been covered elsewhere, but I can't seem to find it. I need to find the business fare classes of United and partners when NOT booking on United.com.

I am looking to get the maximum PQPs for 2020 by using partner ticketing (and using earned-miles/5 and earned-miles/6). For instance, I currently have multiple flights booked on a United ticket with partners, only supplying PQPs equal to the dollar spent. I'd consider cancelling, taking the penalty hit, and rebooking an equivalent or cheaper ticket. But I do not see the fare classes for the tickets that are offered. In general, Expedia or Orbitz have better options than buying on Swiss or Lufthansa's websites. (Swiss and Lufthansa both utilize non-*A flights).

Is there a way to know these fare classes before actually purchasing these tickets?

Thanks for any insight.
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Old Dec 12, 19, 11:43 am
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Ask the vendor selling the ticket what they're selling. May require a telephone.
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Old Dec 12, 19, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by gsalem94122 View Post
Is there a way to know these fare classes before actually purchasing these tickets?
For published fares, use ITA Matrix ( matrix.itasoftware.com ). For unpublished fares, you'd have to call and ask, or book it and then cancel if you're not comfortable with it (check the cancellation policies for the specific OTA).

You mentioned United, though. For United-operated flights, it won't work: you'll still get the fare amount allocated for those flights as PQP, not a calculation based upon the distance. The calculation will only apply to partner-operated and ticketed flights.
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