Air Pacific--Miles with AA?

Jan 12th, 2007, 07:48 AM
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AFAIK, the UA partner upgrade deal is not it's all cranked up to be.

You need to buy a specific fare code which in most cases will be double of the least expensive ticket and then you have to hope that your upgrade clears. If it does not than you are sitting in coach for double the price of what most people paid......

UA regulars may correct me on this one if I'm wrong.
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Jan 12th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Gardyloo--for international upgrades on UA metal, there are four upgradeable fare classes: Y/B at 15K each way; H/M at 30K each way. The cheapest of those--H--was running about $750 higher than the cheapest available non-upgradeable ticket when I bought mine in August (for travel in June). If intending to upgrade on UA with miles, I'd definitely call to make sure upgrades are available before purchasing an upgradeable ticket. Inventory Mgt is pretty stingy on US/OZ routes from what I understand. I watched for a month before I found availability.

I haven't used UA miles to upgrade on Star Alliance partners, nor have I spent much time researching it. I know it's possible, but I think maybe you have to buy Y/B to do so, which would be very expensive (essentially full fare).
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Jan 12th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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Sorry, to clarify--the above refers to economy>business upgrades.
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Jan 12th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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Gardyloo: What's up with American and Expedia?
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Jan 12th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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Qantas is pretty good in economy. Free drink from the bar after take-off, free wine with meals, Video on Demand at every seat in economy and tons of movies to choose from, ice cream for dessert and then hot chocolate. The fasten seat belt sign is turned off quickly so you can get up and stretch.
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Jan 12th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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Wally - speculation is that AA and Expedia are at loggerheads over commissions (big outfits can still negotiate them, ordinary TAs can't.) But nobody seems to have the straight story yet.

I have a friend who's up there in IT at Expedia who I may ask this weekend if I speak to him.
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Jan 12th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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what's up with AA and Expedia?

commission disagreement.....(contrary to what somebody posted above, airline(s) still pay commission on international and J, F tickets sold by the big online agencies).

It's still possible to buy internationasl and J, F AA tickets on the Expedia UK site. This limitation is only for passengers flying from US.
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