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Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:18 am

Having booked a vacation trip to Hawaii in September for this Easter, I have had three schedule changes to my trip this month.

I had booked LHR DEN HNL LAX LHR

The mid day flight from LAX to LHR is now departing 5:45pm.
LHR to DEN has been dropped.
I had then been routed via ORD and is now changed to SFO.

Can I expect more schedule changes?
Is this the norm for UA?

Having flown CO NW DL and AA in the past, I have not experienced as many changes with them.

BTW They are now operating a 744 on the first flight out to ORD. This seems to be a lot of capacity on this early flight.
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:43 am


Sorry, couldn't resist and don't mean to single you out personally with this, but it seems the UA/CO merger is still much in flux with scheduling and maybe you'll still get another few schedule changes. Maybe next via EWR? Or IAH?

I would think that all of these changes are due to the merger and not the usual norm at either UA or CO. At any rate, once you finally get on board I'm sure that you'll have a good trip, with whatever routing they finally decide to put you on.
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:56 am

DEN-SFO is seasonal...
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:19 am

You could 'one stop' through San Francisco or LAX on UA or American to simplify that trip? Seems like a brutal itinerary - especially when you could get direct flights from London to beautiful places like Mauritius, the Seychelles or the Maldives in much less time and with much more friendly time zones. Don't get me wrong (I don't mean to offend any one) Hawai'i is a nice enough but from Europe you must really, really want to go there to go to those lengths and battle all of those time zones unless you are heading onwards to the South Pacific !! Anyway hope you have a great trip.
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:47 am

I'm sorry for all the schedule changes. I know it can get frustrating, especially if there has been more than one change.

The discontinuation of the DEN-LHR-DEN segments was a big one-time schedule adjustment. This was a somewhat unexpected route cancellation that's just one of those things that happens.

My guess is that some of the other schedule changes not only have to do with schedule tweaking as the UA/CO merger progresses, but also because Easter is extremly late this year. April 24 is starting to back up against some of the normal start-of-summer-peak-travel schedule additions and changes.

As an aside, the LAX-LHR flight has historically departed around 5:30-ish in the evening. I was surprised when they moved it up earlier in the day; sounds like they are finally moving it back.

HNL-SFO-LHR, if that's what I understand your new routing to be, will actually be better than HNL-ORD-LAX because SFO-LHR will be a longer flight on an internationally configured aircraft (HNL-ORD & HNL-SFO are usually on domestic aircraft without personal TVs)
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:56 am

Quoting jgw787 (Reply 2):
DEN-SFO is seasonal...

Oh really?!  
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:25 am

One thing I really really hate is UA's constant schedule changes. Probably 75% of my itineraries are LAX-SFO, LAX-DEN and LAX-ORD—hub to hub travel—and yet they still manage to change my departure times (usually fudging the padding at LAX and ORD). It happens probably 3 out of 5 itineraries I book with UA. Never happens with my DL itineraries.

The worst itinerary changed happened on a leisure trip though. It is indeed a travel story from hell, and one that UA never compensated me for so I will repeat it over and over to anybody that will listen. From then on out, I switched to DL for my leisure travel, and as long as the business travel keeps me elite on DL I'm OK with that.
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:14 am

Quoting boilerla (Reply 6):
Never happens with my DL itineraries.

You're luky. It happens to me all the times with DL.
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:42 pm

I've just had a few minor changes to a UA itinerary in March/April. Mainly just 5min schedule changes here and there, but also aircraft changes and even franchise partner changes.

For example, my ORD-IND flight was supposed to be a Shuttle America E-170, and is now a SkyWest CRJ. I was looking forward to the E-jet...
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RE: Changing UA Frequencies At LHR

Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:27 am

Quoting jgw787 (Reply 2):
DEN-SFO is seasonal...

I don't think so. They are running a minimum 9 flights a day between these 2 UA hubs.

check your facts.

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