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What Does M Class Stand For?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 8:44 am

As far as I know, the economy class of most airlines are divided into Y, B, M, Q and a few other class alphabets. I know that a Y class fare is one in which a passenger has paid a full economy passengers fare, and Q is the 'Queens' class fare, which is a very cheap ticket. But what does B class and M class mean?? Does anyone know in this forum?
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RE: What Does M Class Stand For?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 8:53 am

Hi Mehtabrehman,

The Booking Class Code specifies the fare type paid. With the exception of First (F or P), Business (J or C) or full Coach (Y) fares, changes with discounted fare tickets (Q, K, B or M, for example) can usually be made only into the same letter code, subject to availability and penalty.

Whilst working at Egypt Air I was told that a 'M' class fare was a discounted Economy class ticket for tourists.

Maybe its different on other airlines.

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RE: What Does M Class Stand For?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 9:03 am

Most special fares (referred to as subclasses, since they are subclasses of the Coach class) are coded using other letters, such as M, B, H, K, Q, L, V, etc. Each airline generally has a hierarchical structure for the subclass codes - e.g. on one airline the order is generally MBHVQL, where M is usually close to a full Y fare and L is usually a deeply discounted fare. The hierarchical structure varies however from airline to airline (e.g. on another airline M may be heavily discounted).

When checking whether a particular flight is available, what you really want to know is what classes are available? If you are looking for a low fare requiring booking in Q class, then you must find a flight for which Q class is available. If Q class is sold out on that flight, then you will have to pay a higher fare to take that flight, or choose another flight.

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RE: What Does M Class Stand For?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 9:05 am

GF-A330 covered the basics. Within the US (and Canada too I believe), M is simply an economy booking code. It doesn't have any specific meaning, nor is it's 'level of discount' standard between airlines. For some, M is the next highest fare level after Y, others its below 'B', and for some it could be the lowest. Basically its just a letter to designate a 'bucket' of seats.

Clear as mud?

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RE: What Does M Class Stand For?

Fri Dec 13, 2002 9:35 am

I have recently booked a RTW with QF and the fare code that shows up on my ticket is M. This is seen by QF as Discount Economy but i am not sure what other sorts of fares fall into the M category.

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