UACO Forum Newbie's Guide

Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by NCommander, Feb 14, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. One thing I think that would help extremely for new people for this forum is a newbie guide for UACO, especially since we have a lot of UA specific terminology like CR-1, as well as an overview of some of the more common acronyms that pop up in this forum, and things like upgrading guides, and maybe an FAQ. Here's a start of common terms one should expect to see on this forum (hopefully a moderator will help keep this thread in order).

    Common Acronyms and Terms:

    UA - United Airlines

    UX - United Express

    CO - Contential Airlines

    TATL - Transatlantic

    TPAC - Transpacific

    RDM - Redeemable Mile; miles used for awards and upgrades

    EQM - Elite Qualification Miles; miles earned towards elite status, these are the miles counted towards elite status, and reset Jan 01 every year.

    CoS - Class of Service

    BIS - Butt-In-Seat Miles; miles flown on UA and used for determining lifetime mileage status

    DYKWIA - Do You Know Who I Am; A term describing the attitude used by an elite status member who does not receive treatment or benefits they feel entitled to


    United Specific Terms:

    MP - Mileage Plus; United's Frequent Flier program

    3P - Premier Assiocate; an elite status gifted to another MP member.

    2P - Premier; bottom tier elite status earned by flying 25,000 miles or 30 segments on United or Star Alliance partners.

    1P - Premier Executive; mid-tier elite status earned by flying 50,000 miles or 60 segments on United or Star Alliance partners.

    1K - Premier Executive; top-tier elite status; earned by flying 1000,000 miles or 120 segments on United or Star Alliance partners

    GS - Global Services; invitation-only elite level given to high-yield passengers.

    Region 1 - United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean

    Region 2 - Everywhere else

    CR-1 - Confirmed Regional Upgrade; CR-1s are usable to upgrade one class of service any
    United or United Express flight within Region 1. They given to elites once they earn 75k EQM in a given year and every 25k after that. Historically, CR-1s were given to 1ks only who flew 10k BIS miles per quarter, and remain so for the 2011 program year. They expire one year after they are granted.

    SWU - System-Wide Upgrade; Similar to CR-1s, SWUs are redeemable for an upgrade one class of service on any United or United Express operated flight. They are usable for both domestic and international travel, however, they require a 'W' fare class or above to be usable on international flights. 1Ks are granted 6 upon qualification, and another six each year after. Additional SWUs can be earned at 150k EQM, and for each 50k beyond that. In addition, SWUs are usable on Lufthansa on a standby-only basis.

    UDU - Unlimited Domestic Upgrades; automatic upgrades on domestic flights given to elite members.

    e500 - historic; Electronic 500 Stickers; a system used for domestic upgrades before UDU.

    .bomb - United's often buggy website.
     
  2. Gtitan
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    An excellent idea! Here are some Continental OnePass Specific Terms that folks might see:

    OP: One Pass; CO's frequent flyer program that still exists but will be combined at some point (most likely for program year 2012) to form the new program

    Silver: Silver; bottom tier elite status earned by flying 25,000 elite qualifying miles or 30 points on CO-UA or Star Alliance partners.

    Gold: Gold; mid-tier elite status earned by flying 50,000 elite qualifying miles or 60 segments on CO-UA or Star Alliance partners.

    Platinum: Platinum; top-tier elite status (based on flying without consideration of dollars spent); earned by flying 75,000 elite qualif miles or 120 points on CO-UA or Star Alliance partners.

    EUA: Elite Upgrade Automation; complimentary, space available upgrades given to OnePass Elite members based on elite status (but not an "instant upgrade fare" like an "M" for Platinums or a "battlefield" as described below) .

    PC: President's Club; the airline club for CO that will be merged with the Red Carpet Clubs (RCCs) that will form the new United Clubs.

    Note here are some terms also to consider with proper annotation to this link:

    Battlefield Upgrade: An upgrade which occurs at the gate

    BF: BusinessFirst

    co.com: Shorthand for www.continental.com

    COC: The Contract of Carriage. More information on the COC can be found at this link on the Continental website.

    EasyPass/sleezy–pass: Rewards booked at the EasyPass rate (typically two or more times that of the corresponding standard reward).

    EQM: Elite Qualifying Mile (one of two ways to achieve Elite status)

    EQP: Elite Qualifying Point (the other way to achieve Elite status)

    Hublet, The: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Cleveland is known to be the smallest of the three domestic hubs behind IAH and EWR. The term "hublet" has been in popular use on FT since Do IV, when it was used in jest to describe CLE by CO's EWR station manager during a panel discussion.

    JungleJet/Kenjet: Refers to the ERJ135's and 145's

    Mainline: implies the Continental flight was/is/will be operated by a 737/757/767/777 aircraft.

    Nonepass: Slang term for OnePass referring to the difficulty in redeeming awards

    OPSC: OnePass Service Center

    PNR: Technically this means Passenger Name Record however most people associate "PNR" with the term Confirmation Number – a 6 digit alpha–numerical sequence which is unique to one's reservation.

    Standard Reward: A OnePass reward booked at the Standard Level.
     
  3. Hannaman
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    Thanks to the both of you for posting this. This is good stuff!


    I wanted to clarify one thing on this one -- EUA is an upgrade that comes from the EUA system (i.e., and advance upgrade). If you get your upgrade at the gate, on board, or via instant-upgrade fare, those are not EUAs.

    The only reason I bring it up is that EUA has a different prioritization than gate or battlefield upgrades. So if people are trying to investigate something, it's sometimes useful to be precise about the type of upgrade or list we're talking about.
     
  4. Gtitan
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    Good point, corrected in original post.
     
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    A term describing the attitude used by an elite status member who does not receive treatment or benefits they feel entitled to.
     
  6. Sean
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    great post, very informative!
     
  7. ifly153
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    Great Thread! Here are few more I usually see on UA/CO Threads:

    SDC - Same Day Change
    ORC - Original Routing Credit
    RCC - Red Carpet Club
    IRROPS - Irregular Operations (i.e. weather/mechanical issues)
    VDB - Voluntarily Denied Boarding (commonly known as "volunteering")
    IDB - Involuntarily Denied Boarding
    Op-Up: Operational Upgrade
    PNR - Passenger Name Record
    *A, *G, *S - Star Alliance, Gold, Silver
    E+ or E- - Economy Plus or regular Economy
    DEQM - Double Elite Qualifying Miles (promotion)
    GTEM - Go the Extra Mile (employee appreciation cards)
    OLCI - Online Check-In
    UM - Unaccompanied Minor
    FAM - Federal Air Marshal
     
  8. Misplaced Texan
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    Also:

    Hannaman = channa = someone who doesn't like CO at all.

    Wandering Aramean = sbm12 = someone who likes CO a lot.

    [​IMG]
     
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    IIRC, Premier Associate is gone.
     
  10. More that it simply hasn't been offered as a choice, its still on the website; I'm pretty sure it will reappear; 3P was a pretty cool perk (though admittedly, due to the death of e500s, its not as good as it used to be).
     
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    Fare Classes
    A: Discounted Fare First Class. Round The World First is booked in this class.
    B: Almost Full Fare Economy with minimal restrictions - also used Star RTW
    C: Full Fare Unrestricted Business Class
    D: Discounted Fare Business - used also on all "Business" Class Star RTW fares
    E: 'Ted' and some low web/discount fares from early 2005. (Was 1K coach award to early 2004. Also known as 'NY' class)
    F: Full Fare Unrestricted First Class
    G: Travel Industry Economy Class fares
    H: Higher level Economy Class with few restrictions. Some "RTW" coach is H
    I: Business Class UPGRADE AWARD from Economy (Better known as 'NC' class)
    K: Seasonal Economy Promotional Fares/Reduced Fare Gov't contract etc
    L: Discount Fare Economy with a lot of restrictions
    M: Almost Full Fare Economy with few restrictions
    N: Economy Class AWARD TICKET -- free ticket using miles (Better known as 'XY' class)
    NC: See I
    NF: See X
    NY: See E
    O: Business Class AWARD TICKET -- free ticket using miles (Better known as 'XC' class)
    P: Premium USA Transcon First Class on 3 classers
    Q: Discount Economy with moderate restrictions. (Bereavement tix are in Q)
    Qup: Discounted "A" fare
    R: First Class AWARD TICKET -- free ticket using miles (Better known as 'XF' class)
    S: Real Lowball Economy with lot of restrictions. Not always mile earning
    T: Heavy discount Fare Economy - often with a lot of restrictions
    U: Showed up Nov/03 as booking class for "TED" also in mid 2005 a high level mainline class!
    V: Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
    W: Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions
    X: First Class UPGRADE AWARD from paid Business (Better known as 'NF')
    XC: See O
    XF: See R
    XY: See N
    Y: Full Fare unrestricted Economy class
    Yup: Another discounted F booking code
    Z: Deeply discounted Business Class, available on some international and domestic (ps) flights. Z class fares are generally not upgradeable to F/P with any upgrade instruments.
     
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    E these days seems to be a mid-level coach fare (used to be just below Y/B, but CO and UA are realigning fares and moving buckets around).

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    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |QE213FN   |USD$ 452  |seerul|          |21days    |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |HE143FN   |USD$ 594  |seerul|          |14days    |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |EE143FN   |USD$ 765  |seerul|          |14days    |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |EE73FN    |USD$ 878  |seerul|          |7days     |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |ME73FN    |USD$ 997  |seerul|          |7days     |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |HE73FN    |USD$ 1157 |seerul|          |7days     |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |BA7FN     |USD$ 1471 |      |          |7days     |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |BA0FY     |USD$ 1844 |      |          |seerules  |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |HUA7UPN   |USD$ 2448 |      |          |7days     |          |          |
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    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |FUA       |USD$ 3542 |      |          |seerules  |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |YUAUP1    |USD$ 3561 |      |          |seerules  |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |Y         |USD$ 3585 |      |          |seerules  |          |          |
    UA     |PHL  |LAX  |F         |USD$ 5184 |      |          |seerules  |          |          |
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    There were reports on FT that people with 3P were automatically bumped to 2P. UA takes forrever to update the website. You can still find links to TED.
     

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