Why did I earn Y EQM/EQS for one leg if all segments were booked in the same K class code?

Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by TheWardofCheap, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Howdy folks,

    I'm trying to figure out why one leg of my flight was upgraded to Y for which I received a bonus .5 EQS and 50% EQM bonus for the leg. I tried to search but was unable to get meaningful results. Here are the details for the ticket. I'm hoping to understand what happened so that if it is something I can effect in the future I plan accordingly.

    About me:
    UA/CO 1P/Gold Elite

    Purchased Itinerary:
    One-way, all (3) legs in K class, with same K**** booking code.
    Reservation made on .bomb.
    (3) legs - CO/UA/UAx metal.

    Reviewing my .bomb Mileage Plus account summary the following credit appears:
    Leg 1 - CO metal, I was UDU to F, earned normal EQS/EQM, earned 100% "bonus for elite members", fare class listed as K. (This I would expect is normal behavior)

    Leg 2 - UA metal, I was UDU to F, earned 1.5 EQS***, earned normal segment miles, earned 100% "bonus for elite members", fare class listed as Y***.

    *** So I earned a .5 EQS bonus, it was upgraded to Y and where this gets weird is I also earned a 50% bonus for that segment's miles but they were not listed in the "bonus for booking code" area for that flight's credit but rather appeared by an increase in my "Bonus for promotions and booking codes" section. There is no corresponding entry in "My activity details" for the bonus, it just appears in the total balance for that section of my YTD EQM.

    Leg 3 - UA Express metal, earned normal EQS/EQM, earned 100% "bonus for elite members". (Again, normal expected behavior).

    What I'd like to know is why this happened and if there is a way I can get it to happen more frequently.
    1. There were no registered promotions I am aware of that would have given this result.
    2. I maintain a notebook where I break out EQM earnings in three sections (UA/UAx; partner airlines; bonus for promos/bookign codes) and to the mile that is accurate. There is a chance that it could have come from another activity such as United Visa, United Shopping Mall or another promo but highly unlikely because is was exactly 1//2 of the miles for that segment. Plus the fact that I also got a 50% bonus on the EQS makes me think they are related.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated; PMs welcome too. I didn't want to call UA MP for explaination for fear of it getting recognized as an accidental credit.
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  2. MarkUK
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    MarkUK Milepoint Guide

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    Were any of your segments rebooked? When this happens they often rebook in to Y-class. Take the credit and be thankful is my advise.
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  3. Geo
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    Geo Gold Member

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    Dang. I want to get to the bottom of why people are giving me stuff too. ;)

    I know I had a K fare AUS-IAH a couple weeks ago that got upped to Y when I was upgraded but the boarding pass was in conflict with another. Cleaning up the boarding pass changed my K to a Y.

    I've also had award flights that got wx'd and when they put me on the new flight they had to Y me (or G me) to get me a seat... which causes... yes, points for award travel.
  4. JohnDeere19
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    JohnDeere19 Gold Member

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    Good thought not calling.
  5. chitownflyer
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    chitownflyer Silver Member

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    Just enjoy your extra EQMs from the rebooking-reboarding, and do not call about it.
  6. goalie
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    goalie Gold Member

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    Agreed as any type of IRROPS can cause you to be re-booked -including an a/c swap as I've rec'd a class of service (CoS) bonus several times when that happened simply due to how the process was handled. And yes, don't say a word...;)

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