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FareDomestic Upg. International Upg. Award Miles Elite MilesDescription

A

First Class

NA

150% 150% Discounted Fare First Class. Round The World First is booked in this class.

B

Yes

Yes

100% 150% 2nd Tier Economy. Almost Full Fare Economy with minimal restrictions - also used Star * RTW

C

Yes

Business Fare

125% 150% Full Fare Unrestricted Business Class. Upgradeable to F domestically.

D

Yes

Business Fare

125% 150% Discounted Business fare- used also on all "Business" Class Star RTW fares. Upgradeable to F domestically.

E

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 4th Tier Economy. 'Ted' and some low web/discount fares from early 2005. Now officially elevated to above H class!

F

First Class Fare

First Class Fare

150% 150% Full Fare Unrestricted First Class

G

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 14th Tier Economy. Travel Industry Economy Class fares

H

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 6th Tier Economy. Higher level Economy Class with few restrictions. Some "RTW" coach is H. May require twice the points to upgrade than Y or B fares.
I

NA

Business Upgrade

N/A N/A Business Class Upgrade class from Economy (Better known as 'NC' class)
J

NA

Business Fare

125% 150% Business Class.

K

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 13th Tier Economy. Seasonal Economy Promotional Fares/Reduced Fare Gov’t contract etc

L

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 12th Tier Economy. Discount Fare Economy with a lot of restrictions

M

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 3rd Tier Economy. Almost Full Fare Economy with few restrictions. May require twice the points to upgrade than Y or B fares.

N

Yes

No

N/A N/A Economy Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XY' class)

O

NA

Business Award

N/A N/A Business Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XC' class)

P

First Class

NA

150% 150% Premium USA Transcon First Class on 3 classers

Q

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 7th Tier Economy. Discount Economy with moderate restrictions. (Bereavement tix are in Q)** Q can be a QUP that books into domestic F without the use of an upgrade instrument. Some Q fares are refundable.
R

First Award

NA

N/A N/A First Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XF' class)
S

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 10th Tier Economy. Real Lowball coach with lot of restrictions. Reports that some are not mile earning ex UK/Brazil etc.

T

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 11th Tier Economy.Heavy discount Fare Economy - often with a lot of restrictions
U

Yes

Yes

100% 100% 5th Tier Economy. Showed up Nov/03 as booking class for "TED" also in mid 2005 a high level mainline class!
V

Yes

Maybe **

100% 100% 8th Tier Economy. Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions**

W

Yes

Maybe **

100% 100% 9th Tier Economy. Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions**
X
NA
First Class Upgrade
N/A N/A First Class UPGRADE AWARD from paid Business* (Better known as 'NF').  Please reference the class of fare for your original ticket.
Y

Yes

Yes

100% 150% 1st Tier Economy. Full Fare unrestricted Economy class
Z
NA
Business Class
100% 150% Heavily discounted Business Class - CANNOT (officially) be upgraded using either miles or SWU's or Sales Dept upgrade certificates.

Color
code

Description

x

Coach

x

First / Business

Yes

Fare is Upgradeable

No

Fare is NOT Upgradeable

NA

not applicable

?

Unknown

* If you purchase a ticket on a flight that is marketed by United but operated by another airline (known as a code-share flight), the operating airline determines how many miles you earn for your flight.

* Note that the booking class that appears on your ticket may differ from the booking class that the operating airline uses to determine flight miles earned.

*Applies to THREE class equipment. In TWO class equipment, upgrading from coach to First is also in "NF" class. Two class aircraft [at present!] only run on North American routes. "Two class upgrades" are officially not allowed for paying pax - i.e. nothing one can do - whether with miles, and/or coupons of any kind will "officially" take you from paid coach to First on a THREE class aircraft.

**The ONLY official way to upgrade a "published" lower priced international Q, V, W, coach fare is with a SWU or certain Sales Dept or one-segment certs etc. (However as a "lottery" side bar to this, in 2006 United actively started offering PAID upgrades at check-in for many long haul International flights - $US550 one way being a typical price point.)

FARES ARE PUBLISHED IN THE FOLLOWING DESCENDING CLASS OF SERVICE/BOOKING CODE ORDER:

1) FIRST CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: F

2) RESTRICTED FIRST CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: P
BOOKING CODE: A

3) BUSINESS CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: C

4) RESTRICTED BUSINESS CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: D
BOOKING CODE: Z

5) COACH CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: Y

6) RESTRICTED COACH CLASS:
BOOKING CODE: B
BOOKING CODE: M
BOOKING CODE: E
BOOKING CODE: U
BOOKING CODE: H
BOOKING CODE: Q
BOOKING CODE: V
BOOKING CODE: W
BOOKING CODE: S
BOOKING CODE: T
BOOKING CODE: K
BOOKING CODE: L
BOOKING CODE: G

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Nikki says,"For the past 3 years, I have been able to purchase a business class (Z) upgrade from an S fare for TransAtlantic flights, The upgrade is offered at the at the time of check-in, (either online or at the counter domestically, and overseas at the ticket counter). The cost starts around $550 (but cannot use miles). Not sure if you'd like to annotae that, but just thought I'd contribute.

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