ual4me
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First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 8:20 am

Hello-

Booking a last minute trip from PDX to ALB over thanksgiving (yes, I know its incredibly late to book it) and found some interesting things.

I found a ticket thats about $863 rt, and it states the booking code is Q, but seating is in First. According to the UAL website, this is an Econ (not even Y)fare...any idea why they are booking econ in First? If I pay that much, I was hoping I would at least get the mileage bonus for flying first....but appears I won't...

Any input is helpful!

Thanks!
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jetBlue
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:44 am

Hello,

Q is not a first class booking code for United. However, I did pull up that fare, and noticed it said "First." So here's my advice. Take it!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Book yourself that first class seat for a very good price, not to mention Thanksgiving week! Worry about the bonuses, etc later.

If you book your ticket and it says United First, and you have your seats saved, what can they do to you?

Hope this has helped!

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FriendlySkies
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:53 am

First off, if this was on www.united.com, then they have to honor that fare. They posted it, therefore they must accept it. So, like jetBlue said, take it!
 
zrs70
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:57 am

There are a number of Q fares on UA that go into F class. I'm not sure what the markets are, but it is published and not a mistake.

Mind you, it may still be a restricted fare.

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trickijedi
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:26 am

That appears to be a mistake. Q class fares are discounted economy fares which are not even eligible for mileage upgrades. The lowest available economy class fare where you have enough freedom to move around (ie. refundable, mileage upgrades, etc) is M.

Here is a list of UA published fare classes for your future bookings:

A = Discounted Fare First Class.
B = Almost Full Fare Economy with minimal restrictions
C = Full Fare Unrestricted Business Class
D = Discounted Fare Business
E = 1K Special Economy Class Award (inventory available only to 1K pax)
F = Full Fare Unrestricted First Class
G = Travel Industry Economy Class fares
H = Higher level Economy Class usually with few restrictions.
I = Business Class Upgrade class from Economy (Also known as 'NC' class)
K = Seasonal Economy Promotional Fares/Reduced Fare Gov’t contract etc
L = Discount Fare Economy with a lot of restrictions
M = Almost Full Fare Economy with few restrictions
N = Economy Class award ticket
O = Business Class award ticket
P = Premium USA Transcon First Class on 3 classers
Q = Discount Fare Economy often with moderate restrictions
R = First Class AWARD TICKET
S = Real Lowball Economy with lot of restrictions. Not always mile earning
T = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
V = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
W = Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions
X = First Class UPGRADE AWARD from paid Business
Y = Full Fare unrestricted Economy class
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*HighFlyah*
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:47 am

These are not mistake fares. There are some Q and Y fares that book in discounted first (A) class for domestic travel on UA.

This is an example:

PDXALB 08OCT04 UA USD 407.00 QUPA21NF STAY---/-- BK-A

FARE CLS EXPLANATION BOOK CODES
-------- ---------------------- ----------
QUPA21NF FIRST CLASS RESTRICTED FARES A/AN
APPLIES FOR ONE WAY FARES
 
zrs70
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:57 am

Trickij:

All Q domestic fares are upgradeable.

And as we posted above, there are some published Q fares that are, in fact, booked into F.
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Carfield
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 11:39 am

Yes, it is a new discounted first class fare. I bought a $730RT between LAS and JFK via LAX, and it shows a QUP fare, but for the first class segment is "A" and after talking to a UA rep, you will still earned the 50% bonus miles, as well as 50% bonus EQM. But if there is a Y segment, like mine flying between LAX and LAS on TED, you will not get the 50% EQM bonus as other full fare Y... it is still a discounted Y on that Y segment.

But it is a legitimate first class fare.

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trickijedi
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RE: First Class Booking Codes For UAL

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:00 pm

All Q domestic fares are upgradeable

Sorry I should've made myself clear and mentioned international. I used to purchase M fares all the time for the sole reason of upgrading using miles on UA transpac flights.
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