Can I use 2 different credit cards and get 1 PNR?

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  1. ducster
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    I'm buying 4 tickets for my family for a trip later this year, and want to use 2 different cards; my UA Club Card so I can get the associated baggage allowance, and my BA card so I can apply the spend to reach $30K for a companion pass. Is it possible to buy my ticket using the UA card and the other 3 on the BA card and have all 4 tickets on the same PNR?
     
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    I have not done this on United, but in the past AA has allowed me to use two different payments per PNR (e.g., two gift cards, two credit cards, one of each).
     
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    Can't you just call CS and have all the PAX linked under one PNR?
     
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    Doesn't actually do anything useful. Either you're really on a single PNR or you're not; "linking" is a joke.
     
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    Virtually all travel-related sites will allow use of multiple payment methods for purchase of travel with a single PNR. I say 'virtually' because somewhere there must be some company that will not do that. I have never heard of such a case.
     
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    I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it's a joke, but it almost never does anything. Given that it's just a field that is ignored by automated systems, there isn't much it can do. In theory, if something goes wrong and if someone is manually reaccomodating, then maybe that person will notice the field and make sure both parties remain together. The example that comes to mind is when there is a flight delay/cancellation out of an airport with a smaller Admiral's Club, and the AAngel pulls up the list of AC members on the manifest. I've never been in a situation where an AAngel reaccomodated me while I was traveling with someone who was on a separate but "linked" PNR, so I can't say if this would be a case of it working.
     
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    I was traveling with my daughter last October on flights which I had linked the separate PNRs. She has no status, but got a CPU on the second leg. While I certainly wouldn't count on it, I was happy for her to get some value from the all-too-many BIS miles that "Dad" flies each year.
     
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    I think we're saying the same thing; I just used fewer words. ;)
     
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    I am not aware of a way to accomplish this on United.com.

    There is a potential workaround: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unit...6-paying-flights-pre-paid-multiple-cards.html

    Supposedly calling reservations would be an option, too.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I did talk to a couple of reservations people subsequently, and they confirmed that there is no way to do this on the same PNR.
     
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    So buying a gift card with the BA card and using that combined with the UA Club card for benefits doesn't work for you?
     
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    Ah, sorry, I didn't clarify. I asked one of the agents, and she said that would indeed work. I was just talking about using 2 credit cards. The gift card idea is an excellent suggestion. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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    Am I wrong to think that the OP doesn't need to use the United Club card when making the reservation to get the free baggage allowance? I understood that the benefit was tied to one's MileagePlus number, like the MP Explorer is. I'm happy to be corrected on this.
     
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    That's what I had thought but there are recent reports that they are enforcing the rule that one must use the card when purchasing the ticket in order to get the benefit. While this might be isolated now, I'm afraid that it will be enforced more and more, and I don't want to take the chance.
     
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    You buy a United gift certificate (online) with one card and you then book the ticket with that gift certificate plus the other credit card. I have done this more than once.
     
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    Be careful that with the two payment methods the computer doesn't allocate the two methods to each ticket, in equal proportions. So only some fraction of your ticket would be paid with the United Club card.
     
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