CO booking, UA flight - which FF# to use

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  1. unroadwarrior
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    I am a 1P on UA (and equivalently a Gold on CO). I made a reservation on CO, but both the flights are UA operated. Which FF# should I use to get max possibility of an upgrade? Thanks.
     
  2. Wandering Aramean
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    UA.

    The answer is nearly always to use the card of the metal you're flying on.
     
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    I would stick with UA
     
  4. TravelerRob
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    In case replies 1 & 2 didn't cover it, stick with UA!!! :)

    Third times the charm, right?

    -RM
     
  5. EvanK

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    Okay, I'll complicate things folks: What if I have an itinerary with outbound flight on CO metal, the return on UA metal. Which # to use then? Is there a way to optimize upgrades for both legs since I have a 1K and Platinum number?

    (and in case you suggest it, I can't book them as 2 different o/w tickets, these fares are r/t only).
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    How much time between flights? Enough that you can change it while at the destination? Otherwise just bet on which is harder and use that number for the priority.

    There are reports in some cases of folks getting it set to the UA # on .bomb and then changing the number on CO.com for the CO FF# and that sticking but I've never tried.
     
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    2 days. It's not a connection.

    I'll give it a go. Thanks!
     
  8. TravelerRob
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    I have successfully done this. UA correctly showed my MP# and CO correctly showed my OP#. Now whether that affected my upgrades I have yet to determine. As usual I missed the UA upgrade but I got the CO upgrade.

    The ticket was originally booked with my OP# as CO was the first flight. UA was able to change it.

    -RM
     
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    I will share my personal experience I am going through right now. YES, mixing UA FF# on UA metal and CO FF# on code share CO metal on one PNR has screwed me out of UG window on CO. Seems like the systems can’t deal with this and thus lost my UG’s.

    Just wanted to share this if anyone else is thinking of doing this.
    John
     
  10. Hartmann
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    I booked an itinerary recently that included a CO flight with CO # on the outbound and on the return I have a UA flight with UA # connecting to a CO flight with CO #. I've attached my OnePass number to the CO flights and my MileagePlus number to the UA flight. We'll see what happens.
     
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    I wish you a whole lot better success than I got my Friend;)
     
  12. Hartmann
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    The difference is, I have no codeshares. I've done this once before on an Expedia booking and had no issues.
     
  13. AZjohn

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    Cool, please let us know how it works for you. We all need to find a way to deal with all this as the merger procedes, and I have a feeling after the first of the year there will still be bugs and issues we need to find a solution for.
    Cheers,
    John
     
  14. Wandering Aramean
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    I highly doubt it after the first of the year. You'll use the one number and be done.

    No guarantees it'll all work perfectly, but it won't be because the passengers have different numbers on the different segments.
     
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    Personally, I try to book those itineraries on third party sites where I can book using the native code, and also easily put in both numbers at the start.
     
  16. Hartmann
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    So I have an update.

    I booked IAH-ATL (CO) ATL-ORD (UA) ORD-IAH (CO).

    I was upgraded IAH-ATL and ORD-IAH. The ATL-ORD segment hasn't upgraded yet but the flight is pretty full. Each flight had the FF# of the metal I am flying on.
     
  17. AZjohn

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    I agree that booking on a third party site is the best way to get this done. Thanks for the info!
    John
     
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    You have much more faith than I do :)
    I am wishing you are correct and my fears are wrong.;)
    John
     
  19. Gtitan
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    I had to deal with this again when I booked on UA and put my UA number in and my CO number in. The computer registered me as *G (i.e. CO PE) even for the UA operated flights which were first and it was "016" ticket stock. I had to call to have my OP number removed. UA sweep ran automatically thereafter on my UA MP 1K number and was upgraded.
     

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