Saver Inventory Disparity For Non-Elites

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  1. Pizzaman
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    Not sure if it's typical, but I was just trying to help a friend get overseas to FRA. I was surprised at how many flights I could see with coach saver inventory (probably a dozen or so on a few days I checked) where he was only seeing 3 options.

    Just curious if anyone has relevant experience? Is this normal?
     
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    It is normal for elites to have better saver inventory....at least according to UA.
    (Unless your case is the other way round...where the Elite saw less options than the non-elite).
     
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    Wouldn't surprise me. I get FARES non-elites can't see.
     
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    The presence of extra inventory doesn't surprise me. The amount of it compared to non-elite does.
     
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    It is a stated UA elite benefit...
    • Better availability for United Saver Awards in economy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    • Better availability for United Saver Awards in select premium cabins [PPlat and 1K only]
    ...which we now know is a real and significant benefit...:)
     
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    It happens reasonably often (XN versus X inventory). And if the friend is willing to pay $95 extra to use their own miles for the award the XN inventory is also available to Chase MP Explorer Cardholders IIRC.

    The frequency of expanded premium cabin award space (IN v I) for top tier elites is lower, but it has shown up on rare occasions.
    Clearly the company hates its elite members. :p
     
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    Yeah, he's trying to book for September so I don't think the credit card would show up in enough time for him to still have a great shot to lock up the flights he wants.

    Frankly, I was just surprised at how big the gap was between elites and non-elites for inventory. I'd hate to try and redeem miles if I had no UA status. :(
     
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    So, I thought the Explorer card for access to extra inventory as well, but it only says no blackout on standard awards. Anyone have information otherwise?
     
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    I have only seen what you have seen regarding standard awards and no blackout dates. This implies more inventory for standard awards, but says nothing about Saver awards.
    I can follow the logic if there were to be some extra saver award availability for cardholders, but I don't know of any.
    The Premier benefit is here:
    https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/awards/travel/travelawardbenefits.aspx
     
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    I see this and use it often. Amazingly, it's still true. It's a genuinely useful benefit for Elites like me, I often end up booking tix from my account because Saver is open but for the non-elite travelers, it is not. And in short-notice, high-need situations, this can be a lifesaver.
     
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