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Y, K, M, F, Etc, Class What Do They Mean?  
User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 70001 times:
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I was looking over my NWA World Perks statement yesterday and I got to wondering what all the class letters mean. F is first and I believe Y is full fare coach. What do all the other letters mean? I have several K class tickets. Everytime I have bought a ticket it has been on NWA.com and I simply choose a flight that is convenient for when and where I want to go. How come sometimes it is Y and sometimes it is K when the millage statement comes?


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 69986 times:

Basically, each letter represents a fare level (or class if you wish). F almost always means First, J or C means full fare business and Y is full fare Economy. Other letters mean something other than the full fare. It is not uncommon to see 2 letters for First, 3 for Business, and 10-15 for Economy.


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User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 69979 times:

It can get confusing, so here's a Wikipedia article!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_class



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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 69955 times:

For Delta It's something like this, but I think there are some holes (missing business and F fares)

First
F full fare
A Discounted
R Skymiles ticket
V Medallion upgrade to F

Business
C/J Business Full fare?
I Discounted
O Skymiles ticket
X Medallion upgrade to C

Coach
Full Fares:
Y Full fare (upgradable internationally)
B close to full fare (upgradable internationally)
M close to full fare (upgradable internationally)

Mid-level fares
H, Q, K (upgradable domestically)

Budget and discount fares
L, U, T, and sometimes S (student fare?)
N (skymiles ticket)

[Edited 2006-09-28 14:12:38]


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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 69904 times:

Good question. Sometimes I am also wondering what actually does it means. One thing for sure, each letter will have a variable impact on the miles which the carrier is going to award the passenger.

As far as I concern, from my experience with Malaysian carriers:

F - First Class (200% miles)
(I think P is also sometimes referred to First Class. Or was it the Premium Business?)

C - Full fare Business Class (150% miles)
D - Discounted fare Business Class (125% miles)
(I know that sometimes J is also used for Business Class ticket)

Y - Full fare Economy (100% miles)
Q, M - Discounted fare Economy (M - 100% miles, Q - 70% miles)

S - Fare on routes operate on a single class configuration. In MH's case (through my experience), it is on it's Fokker 50 fleets, both domestic and international (100% miles. Recently MH changed it to only 30% miles)

There's also codes for award flight tickets on all three classes which I forgot what letter it is.

MH has A, W, K, H, B, L, V, I, R, T, N, G and Z which I don't know what does it means. G for group travelling?

AK, an LCC also has these codes, in pricing order (the cheapest to the highest): O, P, L, M and K.

I think the codes doesn't have the same meaning as both MH and AK have code P, but in MH it relates to First Class while AK is an LCC. Do the airline creates their own codes? No, right?  Confused


User currently offline777MAS From Malaysia, joined Sep 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 69867 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
There's also codes for award flight tickets on all three classes which I forgot what letter it is.

I've been on award tickets on MH's domestic ops, and the class is T. There was once I redeemed for an upgrade to Business Class (also on domestic) - the class was D.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
MH has A, W, K, H, B, L, V, I, R, T, N, G and Z which I don't know what does it means. G for group travelling?

To my knowledge, L and V are "low" class - previously, no FFB mileage could be earned on these. I understand it's now 30% for L. On domestic, V is for Senior Citizen tickets and Group fares (GV3).

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 4):
Do the airline creates their own codes? No, right?

I think they do. So, the codes will vary from airline to airline, except for the First and Biz class codes, I think. For example, at SQ, G, X, N and Q are the "low" classes (no FFP mileage), while at MH, it's L and V.


User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 69824 times:

Just adding another example...>

On SAS' European flights they have three seating classes and 14 booking classes, I believe it goes like follows:

Business Class booking classes: C D J

Economy Flex: Z I

Economy (Snowflake Class): Y S B E M H Q V W

In addition to this there are "special" classes for special bookings, for instance "G" class for group bookings

Kevin777



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User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 69824 times:

Many airlines call business C many also call it J

User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 69816 times:

Heres a screen dump of what I see when booking flights thru Galileo..
you can plainly see the available 'booking' classes and what is available..
usually the max amount of seats in each 'booking' class is 9 or 7 ..
BA is usually 9 as you can see...



TUE 10OCT06 LONDON /NEW YORK *BA
1 LHR JFK 0855 1115 BA 117 F9 A8 J9 C0 D0 I9 W9 T9 Y9 B9#744C*E
2 LHR JFK 1025 1255 BA 175 F7 A6 J9 C9 D2 I9 W9 T9 Y9 B9#744C*E
3 LHR JFK 1340 1610 BA 177 F9 A6 J9 C9 D3 I9 W9 T4 Y9 B9#777C*E
4 LHR JFK 1525 1800 BA 113 F9 A8 J9 C7 D5 I9 W9 T6 Y9 B9#777C*E
5 LHR JFK 1620 1845 BA 115 F9 A8 J9 C9 D8 I9 W9 T9 Y9 B9#744C*E
6 LHR JFK 1805 2045 BA 179 F8 A5 J9 C1 D0 I9 W9 T9 Y9 B9#744C*E

Joe


User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 69654 times:

It does vary from airline to airline. So you need to investigate your particular airline to get a better idea. But as mentioned, generally, F - First, J-Business & Y - Economy, those are the full fares. The rest are usually discounted in someway and with more restrictions.


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 69621 times:

Ans then there's the fare basis

YL - I understand is "Low" Full Fare
YH - "High" Full Fare
K7M3 - My understanding is "K" class, 7 day advance purchase, minimum 3-day stay

Lincoln



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User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 69554 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 10):
Ans then there's the fare basis

YL - I understand is "Low" Full Fare
YH - "High" Full Fare
K7M3 - My understanding is "K" class, 7 day advance purchase, minimum 3-day stay

If you look at teh different fare basis, you can quite easily get boggled just from the amount there are... each airlines are different.. for instance you say YL is low full fare wheras over here BA 'YPLUS' is Full fare Economy for BA Connex or YFLBA for mainline BA..
Also you then have the various fare rules.
I just did one where it was LHR MUC LHR...
Out bound with BA was VEUNCBA (V class) in economy and was changeable for GBP30.00 plus fare diff / nonref .. but return was DEUNBA which was the lowest Business booking class available and was NON CHANGEABLE and NON REFUNDABL ... and that was business class wheras the outbound was economy.. so its all swings and roundabouts..

American airlines such as AA/UA/CO have crazy long fare rules and lots of fare basis codes..

Joe


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 69465 times:

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 11):
If you look at teh different fare basis, you can quite easily get boggled just from the amount there are



Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 11):
American airlines such as AA/UA/CO have crazy long fare rules and lots of fare basis codes..

...The less expensive the fare, the more bizare/hard to follow the fare rules are (If it's a tuesday, I'm on a a S-class fare, am over 23.5 years, and I stand on my head I can stand by for an earlier flight, but if it's a Wedndesday and I had a hamburger for lunch, I'm SOL)

Not to mention the "endorsement" reuirements

NONREF/CHGFEE/VLD AA ONLY/SURNDR 1ST BN CHD/CXL BY FLT DT OR 0VAL

(kidding, of course, about the middle component)

Lincoln



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 69439 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 12):
...The less expensive the fare, the more bizare/hard to follow the fare rules are (If it's a tuesday, I'm on a a S-class fare, am over 23.5 years, and I stand on my head I can stand by for an earlier flight, but if it's a Wedndesday and I had a hamburger for lunch, I'm SOL)

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BUYING PAINT FROM A HARDWARE STORE
==================================

Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?

Clerk: We have regular quality for $12 a gallon and premium for $18. How
many gallons would you like?

Customer: Five gallons of regular quality, please.

Clerk: Great. That will be $60 plus tax.


BUYING PAINT FROM AN AIRLINE
============================

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Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends.

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Clerk: Actually, a lot of things.

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Clerk: Wow, that's too hard a question. The lowest price is $9 a gallon, and
we have 150 different prices up to $200 a gallon.

Customer: What's the difference in the paint?

Clerk: Oh, there isn't any difference; it's all the same paint.

Customer: Well, then, I'd like some of that $9 paint.

Clerk: Well, first I need to ask you a few questions. When do you intend to
use it?

Customer: I want to paint tomorrow, on my day off.

Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint.

Customer: What? When would I have to paint in order to get the $9 version?

Clerk: That would be in three weeks, but you will also have to agree to
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Customer: I don't know exactly. Maybe five gallons. Maybe I should buy six
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Clerk: That won't do you any good, sir. We all have the same rules. Thanks
for painting with our airline.


User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 69284 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 13):
BUYING PAINT FROM AN AIRLINE
============================

Good one.....
 Silly

True, all airlines are different when it comes to letters for different booking classes etc..... but I think that at least F and C - and maybe also Y - in general is the same for most IATA airlines, because these are the fares that the airlines use for their interlines. For instance, I'm pretty sure that if you book a C class on SK CPHLON, you can also use the ticket on BA's flights CPH-LON - BA would sent in the coupon to IATA/BSP for clearing, and they would receive the money from SAS via IATA. So, no problem even though SK and BA are not in the same alliance. With this ticket, however, you could not fly Sterling og Easyjet LGW/STN-CPH because they are not in IATA.

The IATA fares in Europe are usually priced like deregulation never happened, and discounted business fares are usually a lot cheaper. However, these are only eligible on the issuing carrier.

Kevin777



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