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Question about layover on UA Flight 966 LAX-FCO

Question about layover on UA Flight 966 LAX-FCO

Jun 3rd, 2009, 12:51 AM
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misterfuss has a point about using the regional upgrade on one segment of a direct flight (which 966 LAX-IAD-FCO is). But you would just need to call United, if it doesn't clear online. They will be able to apply the upgrade to LAX-IAD.

Your upgrade is the kind that can clear at anytime, even at time of booking, if upgrade seats are available. If it is not available at the time you book the tickets then you will be waitlisted and stand a good chance of not clearing unless you or your fellow traveler is a 1K. You are traveling between two United hubs and there is a good bit of competition for the F seats. A 1K can jump ahead of you on the waitlist if you are not one.

It is possible to determine if seats are available for your flight. I can describe this in another post or maybe someone else will. Basically, you would set your united.com preferences to be "expert". Then go the the award search page and search for Standard awards on your flight. Click on "flight info" for your flight and look for the NF number. NF0 means no upgrades to first available, NF1 means 1 available, etc.

That LAX-IAD flight is an A320 and does not have many first class seats. The 6AM flight is a 757 and has several more F seats.

The 7:55AM flight, UA 946, is a three-cabin 777, meaning you would (hopefully) be upgraded to international- style business class - better than the domestic first. If you search for upgrade seat availablity then you would look for NC# availability and not NF.

If this was my trip and I had a regional upgrade then I would choose UA 946 LAX-IAD and then connect to 966. But it is a popular flight so, without status, maybe (I don't know for sure) the early flight might give you the best chance of clearing. If 946 was NC0 and one of the others was NF2 (assuming two pax) then I would go with the other - and get the confirmed upgrade at time of booking.
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 12:57 AM
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The 6AM flight, UA 324, on a 757 has 24 first class seats. UA 947 has 49 business class seats. UA 966 has 12 first class seats.
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:41 AM
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mrwunrfl- Please forgive my ignorance. On the flights where you mention 1st class seats is that because there is no business class on that particular plane?
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Jun 3rd, 2009, 01:01 PM
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That is correct. Most U.S. domestic flights have two cabins: economy class and first class. There is no business class. UA 946 is a three-cabin international config with economy, business, and first.

It is there so that people who have premium int'l pax can have the same standard of comfort on the domestic connecting flight (or direct flight to AMS which I think 946 is) as they would have if they had a nonstop option.
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