To B fare or to not B fare?

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  1. GreekDeno

    GreekDeno Silver Member

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    I'm going to CDG in March. Cheapest available is ~$1400 in multiple low classes. B is available for ~$2500. Works out to roughly 13cpm for cheap, 15cpm for B. I'd like to upgrade using miles/miles&money at least on the return. Going the former route will cost me $550 + 25k miles to upgrade each way and I'll "only" get 100% pqm. Going the latter route will cost me 20k miles and I'll get 150% pqm. No availability for upgrade on the outbound, but availability on the return. I have $400 in ecerts too, but don't have to use them now as I'll be taking more longer trips throughout the year. If I use my ecerts the B is 12.5cpm.

    Based on that, any reason I should not get the B fare other than the $900 difference? And assuming you think I should B fare, is it merely a personal choice to use the ecerts now vs later on a flight that is higher cpm?

    Thanks and I know I should know this answer from my research, travel, reading, but I simply don't.
     
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  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

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    I don't understand the ecert question. Don't you save $400 whether you use them on this flight or on one in six months? Why does the cpm matter? I'd use them as soon as possible.
     
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  3. GreekDeno

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    My thought was trying to "ease" a future purchase and use the ecerts then. It doesn't really matter in the course of the yearly UA spend.
     
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  4. Steve GadFly
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    Steve GadFly Gold Member

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    You might also want to check to see if there's a discount business first fare that is barely higher than the B but won't cost you your miles for the upgrade.
     
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    On a straight math perspective it looks like the ability to confirm the return at booking means that the return half of the $1100 price increase is essentially free, and you get the 50% PQMs bonus, too. In that regard it is hard to justify NOT buying up to the B fare on the return. For the outbound it is more of a gamble, but at least your gamble is slightly offset by the fare earning a few extra PQMs.

    Also, you could likely have a phone agent construct the fare as a W one way and B the other, lowering the risk there.

    Ignore the ecerts in the value query; you're just playing mind games with yourself and not considering the real value there. The cert value is identical regardless of which itinerary you redeem it on.
     
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  6. GreekDeno

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    $5k. Forgot to mention that in the original post.
     
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