"Transfers permitted on the pricing unit"?

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  1. wolfsatz
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    wolfsatz Silver Member

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    I'm trying to decipher this routing terminology.

    If the Fare Rules state "2 transfers permitted" does that apply to the entire roundtrip fare or just the outbound and inbound?

    1. Meaning LAX(origin)-ORD(transfer 1)-PHL(destination)-HOU(transfer 2)-LAX(origin) ?
    2 transfers total

    -or-

    2. LAS-SFO(OB transfer 1)-ORD(OB transfer 2)-PHL-HOU(IB transfer 1)-SFO(IB transfer 2)-LAS ?
    4 transfers total
     
  2. sobore
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    sobore Gold Member

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    Does it say 2 trasfers per pricing unit in the fare rules? This would normally indicate two total transfers round trip (ones each way)
     
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    "pricing unit" , IATA "fare construction unit (FCU)" and "fare break point (FBP)" are the issues here, I think. Normally the "pricing unit" and "fare construction unit" are exact synonyms. "fare break point" is the place where one of the first two (pricing unit or FCU) end.

    If you have, as Sabore suggests a round trip fare with the FCU defined as the RT, thus the FBP is the origin/destination, you would have one transfer allowed in each direction. If it is a combination of two one way fares, you would have two in each direction.

    You need to read the fine print to be certain, but the fare calculation detail will make it easy to do, especially after you have done this a few times. Lastly, many airline staff do not read these carefully so make certain you understand the rule precisely, so you do not miss out on what you want.
     
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  4. BryanIAH
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    On most airlines (including CO and UA) the number of transfers is for each direction. This is especially true for fares that can be purchased as one-way tickets such as most domestic-US itineraries.
     

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