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  1. Darren
    Darren at |

    Wow, thanks for this. Fantastic resource.

  2. AS
    AS at |

    This is a big deal, especially coding domestic F awards as “I” instead of “O”. Makes using a Star-Alliance award with a domestic segment much more affordable eg when using US, BMI, AC miles. I think you have the exclusive scoop on this.

  3. FriendlySkies
    FriendlySkies at |

    Something that used to be so easy (NC, NF, XC, XF, NY, etc) is now much more complicated to keep track of. Where did you find this info posted?

  4. United/Continental New Fare Buckets and Mileage Earning - View from the Wing

    […] Wandering Aramean put together a chart of the revenue, award, and upgrade fare buckets at the new United (i.e. post- Continental […]

  5. oliver2002
    oliver2002 at |

    re: ‘The N fare bucket is currently flagged as unused in the system; it is the only letter as yet unused.’

    N is generally used by *A for non rev ID/AD travel in coach, I would assume UA will use that bucket as such.

  6. Washington Times - United Admits to StarNet Blocking! - Page 159 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] Does anyone have an opinion if the newly announced award fare buckets for the combined program makes it more, or less, likely that *net blocking will be applied to the combined programs? Thanks. http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ […]

  7. bmvaughn
    bmvaughn at |

    The phrases “SaverPass” and “EasyPass” are quite confusing. Hope UA doesn’t adopt those.

  8. chitownflyer
    chitownflyer at |

    This is a very useful and informative chart for deciphering fare buckets and award travel on the new United. Thank you very much for publishing it.

  9. Ben
    Ben at |


    I updated the wiki as Platinum will be given the same access as 1K and GS for IN or ON.

  10. Dan
    Dan at |

    Premier Platinum will have access to IN/ON inventory.

  11. Decoding the alphabet soup - New fare buckets for UA - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] be included in the new FAQ but while waiting for that to be guilt I figured I'd share the details. These are all the fares in the new scheme: Revenue buckets (RDM/PQM earnings) F – Full Fare First (250%/150% or 175%/150% for 3/2 cabin) A – […]

  12. What is fare class PN ? - Page 2 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] These are all the fares in the new scheme: Revenue buckets (RDM/PQM earnings) F – Full Fare First (250%/150% or 175%/150% for 3/2 cabin) A – Discount First (250%/150% or 175%/150% for 3/2 cabin) J – Full Fare Business (175%/150%) C – Full Fare Business (175%/150%) D – Full Fare Business (175%/150%) P – Discount Business (150%/150%) Z – Deep Discount Business (150%/150%) Y – Full Fare Coach (125%/150%) B – Full Fare Coach (125%/150%) M – Discount Coach (100%/100%) E – Discount Coach (100%/100%) U – Discount Coach (100%/100%) H – Discount Coach (100%/100%) Q – Discount Coach (100%/100%) V – Discount Coach (100%/100%) W – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) S – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) T – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) L – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) K – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) G – Deep Discount Coach (100%/100%) N – This will be unused (possibly for industry discount tix) SaverPass Award Seats ON – Elite (Plat/1K/GS) SaverPass First Award O – Non-Elite and Low Elite SaverPass First Award IN – Elite (Plat/1K/GS) SaverPass Business Award I – Non-Elite and Low Elite SaverPass Business Award XN – Elite SaverPass Coach Award X – Non-Elite SaverPass Coach Award EasyPass Award Seats FN – EasyPass First Award JN – Elite/CC EasyPass Business Award ZN – Non-Elite EasyPass Business Award (tracks to the Z bucket) YN – Elite/CC EasyPass Coach Award HN – Non-Elite EasyPass Coach Award (tracks to the H bucket) Upgrade Awards ON – C->F on 3-cabin aircraft PN – B/M-Up for Elites (tracks to the P bucket) RN – Elite Upgrade to Business/Domestic F R – Non-Elite Upgrade to Business/Domestic F __________________ Wandering Aramean | Twitter | Lounge Guide | Travel Tools | World Heritage Sites Mo' fun in Mauritius | Morocco 2010/Photos | Northern Lights/YZF 2010 | Trip Reports […]

  13. Mainland US-Hawaii C award rip-off? - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] FT member sbm12 published on his blog the new United award buckets. According to the info, and how I read it, it should be possible to […]

  14. Do you buy a higher fare-class (Y, B, U, H, M) solely to increase SWU/CR-1 chances? - Page 3 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] the buckets will closely match the CO buckets, not the old UA buckets. Might want to read up here http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/. I thought sbm12 was planning on updating the FAQ at some point to display the new fare […]

  15. Reading the tea leaves for MileagePlus partner earning rates - The Wandering Aramean

    […] premium cabin fares see an upgrade to the award miles earning rates, in line with the previously discussed earning rates for United flights. These rates are much higher in most cases than the legacy United or Continental […]

  16. UA Award Codes (Mar 12) - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] Originally Posted by UA-NYC No – R/RN ON for int'l and 3 class F UA-NYC, Thanks for clarifying. After I posted this I did find this site, which seems go have a very comprehensive explanation of all codes: http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ […]

  17. Learning the new website: How to find upgrade inventory - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] states (among other things) that R=XF. Yes, that listing is out of date. A current list is here: http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/. […]

  18. The new united.com primer: How to find upgrade inventory - The Wandering Aramean

    […] are four different types of upgrade space available in the new […]

  19. John Montgomery
    John Montgomery at |

    Just to be clear about the new classes, the following fares are eligible for upgrades:

    M, E, U, H, Q, V, W

    (This would include GPU, RPU, CPU, miles, etc)

    By the way, your other Chrome scripting trick for available buckets is simply genius. So awesome. What a great share with the community.

  20. ExpertFlyer class confusion - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] I have 2-class upgrades waitlisted (for NF) which are now set to alert on ON. Seems wrong, per this. I know there is a merger thread for SHARES handling of NF but now the confusion seems to have […]

  21. CDKing
    CDKing at |

    I just did Y-up on a UDU eligible segment and the system assigned a business class seat on international segment when it should have upgraded the SFO-BOS segment. Now it says I have to call reservation. Hopefully my upgrades wont get taken away. I’m not even sure why my trip booked into Y.

  22. GS using SWU on Standard Economy Award from NYC - LHR - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] UA's new fare buckets says the answer is RN has to be open. […]

  23. Puzzling upgrade status - Page 3 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] Originally Posted by xianrocker What is the difference between R and RN? I noticed several other fare buckets also have N's following the fare class identifier R = Upgrade from Y to J or J to F (non-elite) RN = Upgrade from Y to J or J to F (elite) See http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ […]

  24. Premier Instant Upgrade - How does it work? - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] For instant upgrade on a YB fare you want JN>0. For a 1k on M fare, you are looking for PN>0. The agent was correct, the instant upgrade does not pull from F or A. See Decoding fare buckets on the new United […]

  25. Have a simple question about the consolidated UA/CO? Ask here. - Page 135 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] discussion on fare buckets here: Decoding the alphabet soup – New fare buckets for UA and here: http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/. __________________ Wandering Aramean | Twitter | Lounge Guide | Travel Tools | World Heritage […]

  26. Still using "ON" booking codes. Thought this had stopped - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] to first upgrade is correctly ON. http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ There should be another flag on the PNR to indicate that you should get […]

  27. Travelling with United – make sure you know your ‘R’s and ‘N’s - Miles From Blighty

    […] – upgraded space. I explained this, and ran over what I know about United’s codes from Seth’s excellent primer. They were amazed, not so much that I knew, but that it was news to […]

  28. cliff
    cliff at |


    My frequent flyer record lists a fare as “ZY”.

    What the heck is that??? I was in a business/1st class seat. It was domestic US: IAH-ORD. Not sure if it was booked in business class or I got upgraded. My company bought the ticket and I didn’t see the ticket or seat until I checked in, so may have been upgraded without me knowing about it…(I was flying on another flight just before I got on this UAL flight).

  29. Far East Upgrade Awards - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] be looking for are R or RN (assuming you're looking for economy -> business). See Seth's post here for more […]

  30. Advice on Asia award travel please - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] to find upgrade inventory [+how to see fare bucket availability] Thank you. I found this one too http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ United doesn't do a very good job of explaining this on the […]

  31. New UA Revenue Fare Bucket - "N" Class - No Mileage Earning? - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] What is fare class PN ? "N – This will be unused (possibly for industry discount tix)" http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ "The N fare bucket is currently flagged as unused in the system; it is the only letter as yet […]

  32. RandyE
    RandyE at |

    Bingo! What a fabulous resource!
    Combined with the Greasemonkey script, this is the way to go! Thanks, Seth!

  33. Are we looking at a shift towards revenue-based loyalty programs? - The Wandering Aramean

    […] cover to some legacy carriers to further change their programs. Earlier this year United Airlines significantly increased the earning rates on many first and business class fares. Yes, the earning is still distance-based, but the impact of revenue is more significant now than […]

  34. Platinum/1K availability on ExpertFlyer? - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] the fare class on expertflyer's award search, it should be consistent with UA. More details here: http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ As far as odds of seats opening up a month or two in advance, I'd say they are slim. However, I […]

  35. The United MileagePlus Explorer Card’s Biggest Benefit? | milevalue.com

    […] fare class for an economy Saver award is X, and a Standard economy award is HN according to the Wandering Aramean. XN is the fare class for economy Saver awards booked by […]

  36. Saver Award Inventory not released far out [Merged] - Page 58 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] from EWR – HNL would be code I and not O Yes, I can confirm. Please see this useful post: http://blog.wandr.me/thewan…he-new-united/ __________________ Je me souviens. 2013 Airports: LGA EWR JFK BOS CLE IAH AUS GPT LAS PDX LAX […]

  37. gt
    gt at |

    Cliff – it appears United now codes complimentary upgrades by appending a “Z” to the beginning of your original fare class. I get upgraded the vast majority of the time, and so my account activity for my last 5 flights shows “ZW”, “ZV”, “ZU”, “ZQ”, “ZT”, when I know my tickets were originally booked in W, V, U, Q, T.

  38. After booking mixed-class award, can you upgrade once seat is available? - Page 2 - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] you can watch the available award seats if you wish. Here is a primer on how to read the codes: http://blog.wandr.me/2011/10/decodin…he-new-united/ If you follow the chart down a First Class (2-cabin) award for a non-elite. The correct bucket for […]

  39. Bruce Margon
    Bruce Margon at |

    Instant upgrades on Y fares now book to PN, no longer JN, and are now capacity controlled, an important difference. Can you update your table?? See, e.g., http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/united-airlines-mileageplus/1555697-full-y-fares-upgrade-booking-code-becomes-pn-now-subject-capacity-controls.html