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Do United Airlines Miles+Cash Weekend Fare Specials Earn Miles?

Reader Jon sent in the following question about the weekly “United Specials” fares that require departure late Friday or anytime Saturday, with a return the following Monday or Tuesday. Every Tuesday United comes out with their weekend fare specials. For these specials they offer a cash only fare, as well as a cash + points fare. When…

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United’s Revenue Model for Elite Status Is Only the Beginning

Earlier today, I quickly posted the news that United Airlines will introduce a new Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) revenue requirement in 2014 to maintain or achieve elite status, in addition to the normal mileage requisites. It didn’t come as a shock to me and I promised to share more of my thoughts about the change.…

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List and Description of All United Airlines Fare Classes

One of the most popular posts here on Frequently Flying is my Airfare Pricing Buckets & Airline Fare Basis Codes Revealed! entry from a couple of years ago. It’s still very much valid in decoding domestic United Airlines fare basis codes, as revenue management post-merger with Continental kept the same logic. What has changed –…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $167.30 Nets 7,070 United PQMs ONT-SFO-IAH-EWR r/t

There’s a dirt cheap airfare out there right now on United in the Ontario to Newark market. While it’s a roundtrip fare that requires a minimum night stay depending on the day of week you depart, someone might find it useful for an end-of-year mileage run/vacation combination. The fare rules allow for two transfers and…

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United to Restore Fare Class Availability Online

United announced today that they will bring back “expert mode” flight availability to users who opt-in, as well as introduce Complimentary Premier Upgrade eligibility and status displays online. United’s announcement from MilePoint: While it will be a “couple of weeks” before we see the changes, I’m very pleased with the announcement. And I’m impressed part…

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United Airlines to Remove Fare Class Information Online

In an absolutely horrid and lack-of-transparency move, United Airlines is disabling the “expert mode” feature tonight on their website. It allows anyone to see inventory allocations in every fare class and “bucket” on a given United flight, such as: If this type of display is alphabet soup and meaningless to you, tonight’s change won’t be…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $258.80 for 7,068 United PQMs SEA-SFO-CLE-MCI r/t

It’s been months since I’ve searched for mileage runs and I came across this gem today. Coming in at 3.66 cpm, it’s pretty darn good in this age of struggling to find anything closer to 3.0. Here are the details: Routing: Seattle to San Francisco to Cleveland to Kansas City roundtrip Travel period: Now through…

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Airlines’ ability to steer traffic to lower demand flights through screen bias

I follow the Australian airline industry pretty closely and one of my favorite websites to read every day is Australian Business Traveller. This week a reader asked the question, “Why does (Qantas) not want to sell me SYD-ORD via LAX on the A380?” I plugged in some sample dates on the Australian version of Qantas.com.au…

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Your frequent flyer data & complete fare information public knowledge?

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood withdrew a proposal yesterday that would have required airlines to submit passenger frequent flyer program data and complete fare basis code information to the government. The pending rule dated back to 2005 where the DOT had proposed additional data collection measures required of the airlines.…

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Airfare pricing buckets & airline fare basis codes REVEALED!

In this post, I will shed some light on how airlines assign fare basis codes to the various “buckets” of inventory available for sale on any given flight. If you’ve ever wondered what pricing “buckets” are, or just what your fare showing as WAGT14GS means, read on. My recent Mileage Run 101 posts (Part 1…

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