Mainland to HNL UA/CO post merger upgrades

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  1. airevac

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    "New CPU geography for United, Continental and Copa. Our rationale for offering CPUs will almost entirely be based on how the premium cabin of the flight is marketed. Simply put - markets where the premium product is predominantly our domestic standard will be eligible for CPUs, and all others will not. Based on our current network, this is how our CPU program shakes out geographically:

    Mainland U.S. (except p.s. markets JFK-LAX/SFO), Alaska and Canada
    Hawaii (California to/from Hawaii, plus any other market operating with a domestic premium product, such as Chicago-Honolulu)"


    Am i reading this right that post merger the upgrades will follow United's current program of CPU from Cali and other mainland domestic standard products? I'm HNL based and about to engage in a MR whirlwind and want validate that it will be worth the effort.

    Mahalo in advance for your help![​IMG]
     
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    Yes, I think your understanding is correct.
     
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    That's the general idea. Flights from the west coast, provided they aren't marketed as BusinessFirst flights, will be eligible for CPU.
     
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    It is more than just west coast flights, though. ORD-HNL on the 772 domestic config will remain eligible, for example.

    Currently the markets which will not be eligible for CPUs are IAH, EWR and DEN. It is not clear what the plans are for the fleet serving Hawaii going forward but as it is scheduled right now that's the way it is.
     
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    Thanks for your input. I'm honored as a frequent follower of your blog;-)

    Any tips on a MR from this location? I have 6 weeks to get 30k for 1p ish status for the year. Work had me flying Delta all last year.
     
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    As somone who will go the islands for a few weeks or a few minutes;), all I can say is just keep your eyes open. Last year there were sales for about 550 a/i from the East Coast to HNL. HNL sales are not as prevalent as they used to be, but they do happen.

    Aloha and Mahalo Nui
     
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    Best bet is probably to hop to the mainland and then run from there. You're more likely to find good deals. I think there are some really good fares to China and Tokyo right now, but I'm not sure of the minimum stay issues and China also has a visa requirement.
     
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    Any thoughts on what a minimun CPM for a dedicated MR should be? The best i see from this location are around the 5.5 range. No luck on the magical sub 3.5 that the mainland US sees.
     
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    I like 3cpEQM for a straight run but those are hard to find. If you can get to the mainland for ~5-6cpEQM and then get a couple 3cpEQM runs before heading back that could help average down the costs for you.

    ETA: Looks like SFO-MIA/TPA is pretty cheap if you can find the G inventory and play with the routing. Might work out for you.
     
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    Thanks,That sounds like a good idea. I'm getting about 7-7.5 to SFO and then it is up to what "deals" can be had from there. FYI-there is a SFO-MIA deal for 3.5. I would end up averaging around 5.

    I have found R/T flights from HNL-DXB for 5.5. I haven't been there yet. Would that be a route/destination you would do and if so how much time should i spend on the ground in order to make the long trek worth it? It'll net about 24k
     
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    Can you nest a couple turns from the mainland once you're over this way? That would up the points accrued and average down the CPM numbers a bit. BWI-LAS is looking reasonably cheap right now, too.

    As for how long to spend, I've done straight turns, overnights and long weekends with longhaul runs and survived them all. If you want to turn it into a short trip then do it. I know nothing about Dubai but I'd bet a day or two could get you the highlights without much trouble.
     
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    A warning on reading the language too closely is that CO is not honoring it on flights containing a BF product (not just marketed as one). The best example is CO 72/73 SFO-HNL. Very few have been able to use a CR1 to upgrade and no luck being waitlisted ahead of time. Interestingly, twice I have been upgraded at the gate on these flights.

    Much discussion about htis on FT forums. A few have been lucky and talked to the right agent, but the standard answer when calling is no upgrade unless you wan to use a SWU.
     
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