United fare construction made easy

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Okay, so doing anything with airline fare construction isn’t necessarily easy, but there are a few ways to make it easier. For a United Airlines ticket one of the options is to view the full fare breakdown on the website from Saudia Airlines. That doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense, but it works. The Saudia site has not only the fare details but also shows where the ticket/fare point breaks are and some other details which United hides. That data can be quite useful for figuring out what the PQDs should be for parts of a trip.

    And, while it isn’t especially hard to get the data into the Saudia site it is a few extra steps and I typically forget some of it along the way (I’m not so good at bookmarks, it would seem). Plus there’s the part where I like creating little scripts which make the United site easier to use, so I’ve created another one to ease this process.

    UA Fare Construction Details


    That link should take you to the Google Chrome web store where you can install the extension into your Chrome browser. It is a simple change, adding a link on the receipt page labeled “Fare Construction” (and called out with that ghetto arrow in the screenshot above). Click that link and it’ll pop up a new tab/page with the full details of your ticket from the Saudia site. I’ve tested with revenue and award tickets. I’ve tested on single and multi-passenger reservations. It seems to work on all of them.

    If you don’t use Chrome or would prefer to install the script directly for some reason you can get it here.

    Pulling up the details on one of my upcoming trips looks like this:


    The fine print at the bottom reads:

    /FC /FC 06ZZZ14EWR UA X/LAX UA X/HNL UA X/GUM UA HKG225.00KLE0ZEM1UA EWR Q4.25 577.00WLX0ZUMF NUC806.25END ROE1.00 XT10.00AY230.00YQ5.50YC7.00XY5.00XA15.50HK XF9.00EWR4.5LAX4.5

    That breaks down as:

    06ZZZ14EWR UA X/LAX UA X/HNL UA X/GUM UA HKG225.00KLE0ZEM – Outbound fare EWR-HKG via LAX, HNL, GUM booked in KLE0ZEM for $225 base fare

    UA EWR Q4.25 577.00WLX0ZUMF – Return to EWR from HKG booked in WLX0ZUMF for $577 base fare plus $4.25

    NUC806.25END ROE – Total fare of $806.25 in NUCs (1:1 on dollars; if you bought in a different currency it should convert to NUCs for pricing).

    All these are fees or taxes of some sort:

    • 1.00 XT
    • 10.00AY
    • 230.00YQ
    • 5.50YC
    • 7.00XY
    • 5.00XA
    • 15.50HK
    • XF9.00EWR4.5LAX4.5

    The YQ line is a fuel surcharge and is included in the PQD earning; the others are all “real” taxes/fees in this case and do not. The final line for the XF is passenger facility charges and includes the breakdown for each airport where such is charged.

    An itinerary with an open jaw can look a bit different:



    The /- in there is the ARNK entry which shows that the system doesn’t know how I’m getting to BGO (I’ll take the train) but that it doesn’t really matter as the other bits are OK anyways. This one also doesn’t show all the taxes/fees for some reason. I’m guessing that has to do with where it was booked but I don’t know for sure.

    Hopefully some folks will find this useful, or at least vaguely interesting. If nothing else, it can help you figure out how many PQDs to expect for each half of a trip. For the HKG example above I should get ~390 for the outbound ($275+$115 as half of the YQ) and ~690 for the return ($577+$115). We’ll see how well that holds when it finally happens.

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