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FRA-TPA Non-rev Help

Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:28 am

Alright guys, I got a quick question, especially for you UA people out there.

So come the end of July, I will be moving back home from Germany to Florida. I've got a friend who has offered me a buddy pass (he is an F/O on Republic) and is going to book me FRA-TPA. Now I use to be able to non-rev on another major, but never UA so I am unfamiliar with the whole process. My questions are more geared towards possibility rather than conduct, but all advice is welcome.

It looks like I'll be routed through ORD on my way home to Tampa, and it looks like the ORD flights start at 8:00AM our of FRA. This is no problem, but I was going to see if anyone could tell me what my chances look like of getting home (and even better if there is a chance of me getting a shot at Business or First). The earliest day I can leave here will be July 18 and I would be able to get home July 30 at the latest. Any insight on what days would be best for me to travel? Which days have the lightest loads? I'm sure my best shot would be a Tuesday or Wednesday, but can anyone take a quick look at what my chances are and what the best option is? Our of ORD to Tampa too. I don't mind being stuck in ORD or an airport stateside, but I don't want to get stuck in FRA since it is far from where I am currently living in Germany.

If I get stuck in FRA, I'm sure I'll get slapped with a hotel room of around 100 euros (at the cheapest), and after the cost of the buddy pass, then the cost of the hotel room for getting stuck, would all run about the same price as if I just bought a one-way confirmed ticket on LTU to fly DUS-RSW, so I'm trying to figure out which way is best to go about this.

Also, if I do get stuck in ORD, does UA look to try to route me on alternative routes, like ORD-MCO, or something like ORD-IAD-MCO/TPA or something of the like?
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RE: FRA-TPA Non-rev Help

Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:16 am

I've been looking at UA's website and have been checking the available seats as if I were booking a ticket and have noticed a few things.

Coach seems close to full on just about all flights the week of July 20, yet Business and First seem quite empty on all flights of the FRA-ORD leg.

Does the "View Seats" option on UA's booking site give me a good way to measure my chances of getting on this flight?
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RE: FRA-TPA Non-rev Help

Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:28 pm

Alright, I just got capacity and prices from my friend, but he isn't sure if they put people on Buddy passes in Business or First. My concern is that the FRA-IAD flight is showing only 1 more open seat in Coach, but 34 open seats in Business and 11 in First. There are a total of 3 of us on the NRSA list. If UA doesn't put buddy passer's or NRSA pax in Business, only puts them in coach, then I won't make that flight.

It seems to me they would put NRSA/BuddyPassers in Business or First, especially if there were 45 seats open up front.

Any insight?
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RE: FRA-TPA Non-rev Help

Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:13 am

It seems interesting that your friend working for Republic is able to get you a buddy pass for another carrier.

Never flown NRSA on UA, but if it were US they would try to upsell those premium seats first and then that would free up room in the back.

And AFAIK UA isn't going to try and route you on any other routes, the burden of routing falls all on you. Agents will be very appreciative if you know all the possible alternates and possible double connections.

Like ORD-IAD-TPA and stupid stuff like that.

Last month a friend and I went to SAN and he was on a buddy pass, and myself on a regular term pass. We were not able to make either of the red eye flights that night. So I looked up what looked like the best bet for the morning to get us home. It involved leaving SAN at 6:30 am PDST and arriving CLT approx 7:45 pm EDST.

It was SAN-PHX-MCO-CLT. I called up the employee travel line, and gave them the flight numbers of the flights I wanted to list for (this was necessary to change an existing listing because of the eticketed buddy pass, if I were on my own I can create a new listing [PNR] via internet) and the agent on the phone changed them.
Then when we arrived in MCO, there was a mx delay with an earlier MCO-CLT flight causing them to reroute a lot of passengers on the previously open flight that I intended on taking creating an oversale situation. One more call to the ETL to list on the delayed flight (the lady wanted to send me out the next day until I told her it was delayed and I wanted out of MCO same day) and we got home after a lot of time in airports and taking the long way home.

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