Viewing upgrade availability

 
Old Jun 30, 09, 1:51 pm
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Viewing upgrade availability

Did something change? I used to be able to view the various inventory buckets on ual.com and can no longer do so (I checked to make sure that my availability format is set to "expert")

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Old Jun 30, 09, 1:54 pm
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Are you searching for a standard award?
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Old Jun 30, 09, 1:56 pm
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Just did a dummy booking and also a standard award search while logged in and saw the fare buckets.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 2:01 pm
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D'oh! I see it now ... under Flight Info

But "I" and "X" buckets are missing. Does that imply none are available?
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Old Jun 30, 09, 2:38 pm
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For upgrade availability, do a "booking with miles" and look for NC and NF buckets.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 2:43 pm
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If you need to view upgrade availability frequently, I strongly recommend the KVS tool. There's a modest fee, but it's just a few keystrokes then -- easily five times faster than united.com, esecially if you want to examine lots of different city pairs, dates, etc.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Starman View Post
If you need to view upgrade availability frequently, I strongly recommend the KVS tool. There's a modest fee, but it's just a few keystrokes then -- easily five times faster than united.com, esecially if you want to examine lots of different city pairs, dates, etc.
I, too, heartily endorse KVS Tool (www.kvstool.com) which I count as one of the best travel tools I've ever used.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 4:33 pm
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How is it that KVS maintains the ability to see award buckets, when seatcounter & expertflyer have been shut out of this?
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Old Jun 30, 09, 5:17 pm
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Thanks ... will check it out. How does it compare to expertflyer?

Update: google is my friend

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...lyer-tool.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...ert-flyer.html

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I, too, heartily endorse KVS Tool (www.kvstool.com) which I count as one of the best travel tools I've ever used.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by mauiUAflyer View Post
How is it that KVS maintains the ability to see award buckets, when seatcounter & expertflyer have been shut out of this?
Although Mr. KVS may reply (or might prefer not to!) I would guess that not only does KVS scrape the UA website, but since it asks for each user's M+ number and website password, it essentially has the same status as you would when going to united.com -- thus there's no way UA can shut you out.
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Old Jun 30, 09, 9:49 pm
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Originally Posted by mauiUAflyer View Post
How is it that KVS maintains the ability to see award buckets, when seatcounter & expertflyer have been shut out of this?
EF sent out an email to its subs in January telling us that UA asked them to not show the award and upgrade inventory anymore, EF complied as to stay on their good side. UA asked the same thing of seatcounter as well. So either KVS is ignoring such requests or UA can't find an address/phone number for KVS to send him one.
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