$2,100 business class fares to China on American/United

American and United have both launched $2,100 all-in roundtrip business class fares between select markets in the US (like Miami) and Shanghai/Beijing.


American business fare


United business fare

This seems to be a legitimate fare sale/war, and not a mistake. That being said, I suspect it won’t stick around for long, so if you’re interested I’d get in on this fast. As you can see on ExpertFlyer, the base fare is $1,500 roundtrip, plus taxes and fuel surcharges. The fare is good for travel between April 4 and May 15, 2012, though there’s a seven day advance purchase requirement, as well as a three day minimum stay and 30 day maximum stay.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a roundtrip business class fare to China this low. This is actually what I would consider an amazing business class fare between the east coast of the US and western Europe, but I’ve never seen this to Asia.

Keep in mind that United has fully flat beds in business class on most of their China routes, while American has angled flat seats. I actually flew American to Shanghai in January, so you can see a review of their business class product here.

But here’s what makes the American deal so awesome — American lets you upgrade all revenue fares to the next class of service, meaning that even though this is a discounted business class ticket, you can upgrade it to first class using a systemwide upgrade (which Executive Platinum members get eight of per year). While American doesn’t have the best first class product in the world, I’d say it’s pretty unbeatable for $2,100.

United, on the other hand, doesn’t let you upgrade discounted business class tickets with systemwide upgrades, though does let you use miles and a co-pay. That would cost 30,000 miles plus $600 per direction, which probably isn’t worth it to most.

So on one hand I feel crazy for even considering this. But here’s the thing — I can easily squeeze 20,000 actual “butt-in-seat” miles out of the itinerary. As an Executive Platinum member I’d earn a 100% mileage bonus, putting me up to 40,000 earned redeemable miles. Beyond that I’d be earning a 25% mileage bonus for being booked in paid business class, bringing me up to 45,000 redeemable miles.

That in and of itself doesn’t justify a business class ticket. But the thing that might is the fact that American’s 2012 Elite Rewards are based on elite qualifying points and not elite qualifying miles. While virtually all other airlines just use elite qualifying miles to calculate status (which is a combination of elite qualifying miles and elite qualifying points), American calculates elite qualifying points separately. With American you earn one elite qualifying mile for every mile you fly, and anywhere between 0.5 and 1.5 elite qualifying points depending on how high your fare is.


American earnings chart

This itinerary would earn me 30,000+ elite qualifying points. Based on forecasting my travel for the year, that would be the difference between achieving the 125,000 point level in the Elite Rewards program. Reaching that threshold would earn me an additional 70,000 AAdvantage miles, meaning I’d essentially earn 115,000 redeemable miles for taking this trip.

That means I’d be earning miles through this trip at a rate of 1.8 cents per redeemable mile, which is very close to what I value them at. And that doesn’t even factor in that this would be a trip in first class to China, especially since I’ve been wanting to visit the Park Hyatt Ningbo for a long time now. Besides, I already have a Chinese visa.

Anyone else planning on taking advantage of this offer? Would you take advantage of it if you were in my shoes?

Comments

  1. I would do it if i lived on the east coast, but positioning costs, plus time, to Miami are a bit much out of HNL

  2. @ Roland — So you would rather do business class on United than first class on American?

    @ phpaper — Fixed the typo, thanks for the heads up.

  3. @ Stacey — There’s no visa required for transiting Shanghai as long as you don’t stay for more than 48 hours and are continuing on to a different country (meaning if you’re flying to/from the US only, you’d need a visa, while if you’re connecting elsewhere you wouldn’t).

  4. I’d do it if I were in your shoes, Ben! Have fun! Ningbo is very close to Shanghai, about an hour or two train ride away.

  5. Weird, now it’s back. Have a look at the linked image in my name.

    Regardless, if you are thinking about this probably best to hold the ticket and decide over the next 24 hours as it could be gone by then…

  6. If I could take the MIA-LAX nonstop in the 777, then I could see it as a mileage run. Too much wear and tear to route through JFK just for more miles.

  7. This is one of many reasons why we need a carbon tax, to stop people from taking frivolous trips just because it’s cheap.

  8. LOL, that’s brilliant. A carbon tax that has nothing to do with footprint.

    Instead, you’d like a carbon tax that that will discourage “cheap” trips because they’re frivolous. Mind you, the tax will need to be enormous. At least 25% or so. And, when sufficiently expensive, it will ensure scheduled flights will fly with more unsold business class seats, saving 145,920 teaspoons of fuel per unsold seat.

    Also, let’s make a law that requires airlines to fill their tanks with a 50/50 mix of water and jet fuel. Another law for mandatory pre-flight liposuction for passengers over 140 lbs. And, instead of fuel-guzzling food, only allow weight-saving saltines and Navy biscuits. We can also drag cargo on a long rope across the ocean so it reduces payload weight. And at cruising altitude, airlines could be required to shut off their engines and have unicorns pull the plane the rest of the way.

    That, or you can build a time machine, go back in time to April 5th, 2012 at 1:23 am and repost your comment as “Voice of doofus”.

  9. P class fare @UA are upgradeable fare?
    Isn’t P fare are F-class ticket use for United PS routing?

    Thanks.

  10. You’ve seemed very AA-centric lately. Do you plan to renew your 1K at all this year? If so, how do you plan to do it? Just domestic MRs?

  11. Go for it, Lucky–I’m all for you spending money and stimulating the economy on behalf of us who would see this as a great opportunity to dump an extra $2100 into our retirement accounts.

  12. Ben said: “As an Executive Platinum member I’d earn a 100% mileage bonus, putting me up to 40,000 earned redeemable miles. Beyond that I’d be earning a 25% mileage bonus for being booked in paid business class, bringing me up to 45,000 redeemable miles”

    25% of 40K is 10K so the total miles you get is 50K which means your cpm cost is even lower.
    And no, I am not giving UA any more money than what I have to and will do no mileage runs to achieve a higher but less useful status.

  13. Two questions:

    1) What originating cities? I need to fly from Austin to Beijing, return from Shanghai (or Beijing) next month… Are Austin/Houston/Dallas options?

    2) What’s the best way to find dates that work? United/American tool or something else?

  14. I think the real question is why *wouldn’t* you take advantage of this?

    Heck, I’ve got something on hold, and I don’t have the head start of being in FL, having a visa already, etc.

  15. Re: Roland, it only makes sense to make a direct comparison between flying business on UA vs. first on AA if you already have top-tier status on both airlines. And I think that population of people is very small, even among the FT/MP crowds.

  16. @ Silkclass — Not anymore. Pre-merger that was first class, but now it’s discounted business class.

    @ Brian — I sure did. American’s international route network is so limited, so I knew I’d need it again.

    @ Antonio — Nowadays I’m just flying American.

    @ Jamison — Wow, that’s an amazing deal as well. The thing is, it doesn’t really get me anywhere. I already requalified for Executive Platinum, and it doesn’t significantly contribute towards my elite qualifying points, so it wouldn’t get me significantly closer to the 125,000 point level.

  17. @ Kevin — I see STL and DFW as well.

    @ JC — DFW does work. I think the best way to find availability is to use the ITA Matrix and do a flexible date search, which should show you dates with business class space.

    @ Tiffany — Why shouldn’t I take advantage of this? Because I already have two trips to Asia planned over the next month, and this would be the third. Oy…

    @ Papa Smurf — I did it in person at the SF consulate. Maybe someone else can chime in?

  18. Really tempting on UA — if only it was available after May.. Would be awesome to use this, spend a night in PVG, then hop over to HKG or maybe even BKK, or best yet HKT….

  19. Ha! Fair enough. I’m looking at this itinerary and wondering if I’m crazy – doing it in triplicate would probably remove all doubt 😉

  20. I just pulled the plug on 2 seats from MIA! Thanks, Lucky. This will help tremendously with the UA 1K quest!

  21. Not all of UA’s 777 are upgraded with the new cabin, in October I got the new one on my way to Seoul and the old one on the way back. Gotta factor that in too 🙂

    Also booking in Z on UA will give you a 50% PQM bonus, so in this case wouldn’t it be the same? Your post seems to imply it’s exclusive to AA.

    I any case, that looks like a much better deal than the sale from the West Coast to Spain that was on last week for 1900$.

  22. I only see MIA, STL, DFW as originating cities (makes me think UA was the aggressor in the fare war here).
    Got excited when I saw “east coast,” but MIA isn’t the “east coast” I can take advantage of. Hope some folks are able to get in on this deal. Great deal for UA folks, as this is only a ~$500 premium to the prevailing W fares on these routes.

  23. I did a search on Matrix for SFO-PEK in the next month and only thing came up is Air China business for $1939. I tried various departure dates and length of stay, cheapest UA business is still $4000+.

  24. This fare is bookable directly on the United Airlines website. The rules state the ticket must be issued by April 9, 2012. Outbound travel is valid April 4 thru May 15. Here are the fare rules.

    MIA – SHA P PLX73BM8
    SHA – MIA P PLX73BM8

    Please review the fare rules for each segment. The most restrictive set of fare rules applies to the entire itinerary.

    City Pairs Fare Class Fare Basis Code
    MIA – SHA P PLX73BM8
    SHA – MIA P PLX73BM8

    Fare Basis Code PLX73BM8
    Sales and Restrictions FOOTNOTE TEXT
    TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 09APR 12.
    FARE RULES TEXT
    TICKETS MAY BE ISSUED BY PTA.
    NOTE –
    PTA CONSTITUTES TICKETING.
    ) GENERAL RULES TEXT
    NOTE –
    EXTENSION OF TICKET VALIDITY DUE TO MEDICAL
    REASONS PERMITTED UNDER GUIDELINES SET FORTH
    BY CARRIER. CONTACT CARRIER FOR DETAILS.
    Refunds/Change FARE RULES TEXT
    CANCELLATIONS
    ANY TIME
    TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
    WAIVED FOR SCHEDULE CHANGE.
    NOTE –

    NON-REFUNDABLE APPLIES TO ADT/CHD/INF

    CHILDRENS GENERAL RULE DOES NOT APPLY

    A. UA CUSTOMER COMMITMENT

    CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE A TICKET FOR TRAVEL
    ON UNITED VIA UA CHANNELS MAY CANCEL THEIR
    RESERVATIONS/REFUND TICKET WITHOUT PENALTY
    WITHIN 24HRS OF PURCHASE.

    B. EXCHANGE – CHANGE TO 1ST TICKETED FLIGHT /
    WHOLLY UNUSED TICKET

    FULL VALUE OF A WHOLLY UNUSED TICKET MAY BE
    APPLIED TOWARDS PURCHASE OF A NEW TICKET PRICED
    AT -CURRENT- FARE LEVELS UPON PAYMENT OF THE
    CHANGE FEE CONTAINED WITHIN THIS RULE AND ANY
    DIFFERENCE IN FARE //RESIDUAL IF ANY RETURNED
    IN THE FORM OF A NON-REFUNDABLE VOUCHER VALID
    ON UNITED AIRLINES//AGENCY ISSUE MCO
    –PROVIDED–
    –ORIGINAL RESERVATIONS ARE CANCELED PRIOR TO
    ORIGINALLY SCHEDULE FLIGHT — AND —
    RESERVATIONS FOR NEW ITINERARY ARE MADE AND
    TICKETS REISSUED NO LATER THAN 1 YEAR FROM
    DATE OF ISSUE ON ORIGINAL PURCHASED TICKET.
    ) —
    THE NON-REFUNDABLE CANCELLATION AMOUNT OF THE
    TICKET BEING EXCHANGED REMAINS NON-REFUNDABLE
    AND CARRIED FORWARD IN THE ENDORSEMENT BOX OF
    THE NEW TICKET.
    —TAG 5 — WHOLLY UNUSED / OUTBOUND CHANGE TO
    1ST FLIGHT COUPON
    REPRICE USING CURRENT QUALIFYING FARES
    CHARGE CHANGE FEE OR HIGHEST FEE OF ALL CHANGED
    FARE COMPONENTS.
    1. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM RESISSUE DATE TO
    DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    2. TKT REISSUE RESTRICTED TO UA OR ANY CARRIER
    –WHEN CHANGE RESULTS IN LOWER FARE — REFUND
    RESIDUAL // THEN ADD-COLLECT
    REFUND VIA VOUCHER
    ENDORSEMENT BOX – HIGHER NON-REF AMT AND
    NEW ENDORSEMENTS.

    C. LOWER FARE INTRODUCED OR AVAILABLE IN MARKET

    WHEN A LOWER FARE IS INTRODUCED INTO THE MARKET
    OR A CURRENT FARE IS REDUCED OR BECOMES
    AVAILABLE / THE TICKETED PASSENGER MAY
    QUALIFY FOR THE ABOVE. ALL PROVISIONS OF THE
    NEW AIR FARE MUST BE MET BEFORE DEPARTURE.
    NO CHANGE TO ORIGIN/DESTINATION/DATES/FLIGHTS.
    ONLY BOOKING CODE CHANGE IS PERMITTED.

    A SERVICE FEE EQUAL TO THE CHANGE FEE
    WILL BE ASSESSED. — RESIDUAL VALUE /IF ANY /
    WILL BE RETURNED IN THE FORM OF A NON-REFUNDABLE
    VOUCHER VALID FOR TRAVEL ON UNITED AIRLINES
    —-AGENCY MAY ISSUE MCO —-
    –TAG 7 – ONLY BOOKING CODE CHANGE PERMITTED
    REPRICE USING QUALIFYING CURRENT FARES
    1. NO CHANGE TO FARE BREAKS/FLIGHTS/DATES
    2. UA FARES ARE USED
    3. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM REISSUE DATE TO
    DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    –WHEN CHANGE RESULTS IN LOWER FARE — REFUND
    RESIDUAL / THEN ADD-COLLECT
    REFUND VIA VOUCHER
    ENDORSEMENT BOX – NEW ENDORSEMENTS.

    D. EMERGENCY PROVISION

    TICKET MAY BE USED TOWARD PURCHASE OF ANOTHER
    ANOTHER TICKET DUE TO AN EMERGENCY OF
    PASSENGER / IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OR
    TRAVELING COMPANIOIN.
    DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED CONTACT CARRIER.
    CHANGES
    ANY TIME
    CHARGE USD 400.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION.
    ) WAIVED FOR SCHEDULE CHANGE.
    NOTE –

    CHILDREN GENERAL RULE NOT APPLICABLE
    CAT 19 – INFANT W/O A SEAT // CHILD //
    INFANT WITH A SEAT

    A. CHANGE MADE TO OTHER THAN THE FIRST TICKETED
    FLIGHT

    TICKETS MUST BE REISSUED WHEN ANY VOLUNTARY
    CHANGE IS MADE. WHEN TICKETED RESERVAIONS
    ARE CANCELLED PRIOR TO FLIGHT TIME – NEW
    FLIGHTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND TICKET REISSUED.
    NO OPEN RETURNS PERMITTED.

    IF CHANGES ARE MADE TO OTHER THAN THE FIRST
    TICKETED FLIGHT THE FARE LEVELS IN EFFECT AT
    TIME OF ORIGINAL TICKET ISSUE WILL APPLY
    PROVIDED THE NEW ITINERARY QUALIFIES FOR
    ALL THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORIGINALLY
    TICKETED FARE FAMILY /
    IGNORING ADVANCE RESERVATION OR TICKETING
    REQUIREMENTS.
    –IF THE NEW ITINERARY QUALIFIES FOR THE
    ORIGINALLY TICKETED FARE FAMILY / BUT RESULTS
    IN A HIGHER FARE /
    THE DIFFERENCE IN FARE AND THE CHANGE FEE
    CONTAINED IN THIS RULE MUST BE COLLECTED
    AT TIME OF CHANGE/REISSUE.
    –IF THE NEW ITINERARY QUALIFIES FOR THE
    ORIGINALLY TICKETED FARE FAMILY / BUT RESULTS
    IN A LOWER FARE /– NO REFUND WILL BE MADE–.
    ——-FULL CHANGE FEE WILL APPLY—–

    IF CHANGES BY THE PASSENGER NO LONGER QUALIFY
    FOR THE ORIGINALLY TICKETED FARE / FULL VALUE
    OF THE ORIGINAL TICKET MAY BE APPLIED TOWARDS
    EQUAL OR HIGHER QUALIFYING FARE –
    USING FARES IN EFFECT ON THE ORIGINAL
    TICKETING DATE.

    FARE IS RECALCULATED FROM POINT OF ORIGIN.
    ANY DIFFERENCE IN FARE/TAXES/FEES/SURCHARGE
    WILL BE APPLICABLE AT TIME OF CHANGE/REISSUE.
    —–
    CHARGE CHANGE FEE OR HIGHEST CHANGE FEE OF ALL
    CHANGED FARE COMPONENTS.
    –TAG 1 – REPRICE USING CURRENTLY TKTD FARE
    SAME BOOKING CODE
    PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET
    1. NO CHANGE TO 1ST FLIGHT COUPON/FARE BREAKS
    2. WHEN NO INTL COUPONS REMAIN – ALL NEW
    TRAVEL MUST BE DOMESTIC
    3. ALL RULE AND BOOKING CODE PROVISIONS ARE MET
    ) EXCEPT ADV RES-TKT
    4. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM ORIGINAL TKT DATE
    TO DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    5. TKT REISSUE RESTRICTED TO UA OR ANY CARRIER
    —–
    –OR–
    –TAG 2 – HISTORICAL FARES / REPRICE USING
    FARES IN EFFECT WHEN TICKET WAS ISSUED
    PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET
    1. NO CHANGE TO 1ST FLIGHT COUPONG
    2. WHEN NO INTL COUPONS REMAIN – ALL NEW TRAVEL
    MUST BE DOMESTIC
    3. A- /D- Z- FARE FAMILY FARES ARE USED
    4. ALL BOOKING CODE PROVISIONS ARE MET
    5. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM ORIGINAL TKT DATE
    TO DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    6. TKT REISSUE RESTRICTED TO UA OR ANY CARRIER

    —OR—
    –TAG 2 – REPRICE USING FARE IN EFFECT WHEN
    TKT WAS ISSUED
    1. NO CHANGE TO 1ST FLIGHT COUPON
    2. WHEN NO INTL COUPONS REMAIN – ALL NEW TRAVEL
    MUST BE DOMESTIC
    3. NEW TKT HAS EQUAL OR HIGHER VALUE THAN
    PREVIOUS TICKET
    4. ALL BOOKING CODE PROVISIONS ARE MET
    5. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM ORIGINAL TKT DATE
    TO DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    6. TKT REISSUE RESTRICTED TO UA OR ANY CARRIER

    –OR–
    —TAG 2 — REPRICE USING FARES IN EFFECT WHEN TKT
    WAS ISSUED
    1. NO CHANGE TO 1ST FLIGHT COUPON
    2. WHEN NO INTL COUPONS REMAIN – ALL NEW TRAVEL
    MUST BE DOMESTIC
    3. ANY CARRIER NORMAL FARES ARE USED
    4. ALL RULE AND BOOKING CODE PROVISIONS ARE MET
    5. ADV RES IS MEASURED FROM ORIGINAL TKT DATE
    TO DEPARTURE OF PRICING UNIT
    6. TKT REISSUE RESTRICTED TO UA OR ANY CARRIER
    –WHEN CHANGE RESULTS IN LOWER FARE – IGNORE
    RESIDUAL / THEN ADD-COLLECT
    ENDORSEMENT BOX – HIGHER NON-REF AMT AND
    NEW ENDORSEMENTS
    ——-

    B. EMERGENCY PROVISION

    TICKET MAY BE USED TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF
    ANOTHER TICKET DUE TO AN EMERGENCY OF
    PASSENGER / IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OR
    TRAVELING COMPANION.
    DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED CONTACT CARRIER.
    )
    Minimum Stay FARE RULES TEXT
    TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO
    EARLIER THAN 3 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND
    TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR.
    Maximum Stay FARE RULES TEXT
    TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO LATER THAN 30
    DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN.
    Advance Purchase Requirement FARE RULES TEXT
    RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 7 DAYS
    BEFORE DEPARTURE.
    TICKETING MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 3 DAYS AFTER
    RESERVATIONS ARE MADE OR AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE
    WHICHEVER IS EARLIER.
    Day/Time Application FARE RULES TEXT
    PERMITTED MON THROUGH THU ON EACH TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR.
    Seasonality FARE RULES TEXT
    PERMITTED 04APR 12 THROUGH 15MAY 12 ON THE OUTBOUND
    TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR.
    Blackout Dates NONE
    Combinability FARE RULES TEXT
    END-ON-END PERMITTED. VALIDATE ALL FARE COMPONENTS.
    TRAVEL MUST BE VIA POINT OF COMBINATION.
    ADD-ONS PERMITTED.
    OPEN JAWS
    FARES MAY BE COMBINED ON A HALF ROUND TRIP BASIS
    -TO FORM SINGLE OR DOUBLE OPEN JAWS.
    MILEAGE OF THE OPEN SEGMENT MUST BE EQUAL/LESS THAN
    MILEAGE OF THE LONGEST FLOWN FARE COMPONENT.
    PROVIDED –
    WHEN THE OPEN SEGMENT OCCURS
    -WITHIN AREA 1 OR WITHIN AREA 3
    COMBINATIONS ARE WITH ANY FARE FOR CARRIER UA/CO
    PUBLISHED FOR TRAVEL VIA THE PACIFIC.
    ROUND TRIPS/CIRCLE TRIPS
    FARES MAY BE COMBINED ON A HALF ROUND TRIP BASIS
    -TO FORM ROUND TRIPS
    -TO FORM CIRCLE TRIPS
    A MAXIMUM OF TWO INTERNATIONAL FARE COMPONENTS
    PERMITTED.
    PROVIDED –
    COMBINATIONS ARE WITH ANY FARE FOR CARRIER UA/CO
    PUBLISHED FOR TRAVEL VIA THE PACIFIC.
    NOTE – THE CITY PAIRS BELOW ARE CONSIDERED THE SAME POINT-
    NYC-EWR
    Eligibility NO RESTRICTIONS
    Discounts Child Discounts
    FARE RULES TEXT
    ACCOMPANIED CHILD 2-11 – CHARGE 100 PERCENT OF THE FARE.
    TICKET DESIGNATOR – CH AND PERCENT OF DISCOUNT.
    MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN SAME COMPARTMENT
    BY ADULT 18 OR OLDER
    OR – 1ST INFANT UNDER 2 WITHOUT A SEAT – CHARGE 10 PERCENT
    OF THE FARE.
    TICKET DESIGNATOR – IN AND PERCENT OF DISCOUNT.
    MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN SAME
    COMPARTMENT BY ADULT 18 OR OLDER
    OR – INFANT UNDER 2 WITH A SEAT – CHARGE 100 PERCENT OF
    THE FARE.
    TICKET DESIGNATOR – CH AND PERCENT OF DISCOUNT.
    MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON ALL FLIGHTS IN SAME
    COMPARTMENT BY ADULT 18 OR OLDER
    ) OR – UNACCOMPANIED CHILD 5-11 – CHARGE 100 PERCENT OF THE
    FARE.

    Tour Conductor
    DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY

    Agent Discounts
    DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY

    Other Discounts
    DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY
    Surcharges FARE RULES TEXT
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT INCLUDES TRAVEL BETWEEN SHA/BJS AND
    TYO/OSA ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY NH FLIGHT
    A SURCHARGE OF USD 800.00 WILL BE ADDED TO THE
    APPLICABLE FARE FOR TRAVEL. APPLIES PER ADULT. CHILD/
    INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
    GENERAL RULES TEXT
    IF INFANT UNDER 02 WITHOUT A SEAT.
    OR – CONTRACT BULK INFANT WITHOUT A SEAT UNDER 02.
    OR – MILITARY INFANT WITHOUT A SEAT UNDER 02.
    OR – INE UNDER 02.
    OR – INCLUSIVE TOUR INFANT WITHOUT A SEAT UNDER 02.
    THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR TRAVEL PER COUPON.
    NOTE –
    SURCHARGES DO NOT APPLY TO INFANT PASSENGERS
    NOT OCCUPYING A SEAT.
    A SURCHARGE OF USD 5.00 OR CAD 5.00 WILL BE ADDED TO THE
    APPLICABLE FARE FOR TRAVEL FOR ARRIVAL IN TKK.
    NOTE –
    APPLIES TO DISEMBARKATION SURCHARGE FOR ANY FARE
    PAYING PASSENGER DISEMBARKING AT TRUK IN
    MICRONESIA.
    THIS SURCHARGE IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY DISCOUNT.
    THIS CHARGE WILL NOT APPLY TO INFANTS UNDER 2
    YEARS OF AGE.
    AND – A SURCHARGE OF USD 5.00 OR CAD 5.00 WILL BE ADDED TO
    THE APPLICABLE FARE FOR TRAVEL FOR ARRIVAL IN YAP.
    NOTE –
    APPLIES TO DISEMBARKATION SURCHARGE FOR ANY FARE
    PAYING PASSENGER DISEMBARKING AT YAP IN THE
    ) REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS.
    THIS SURCHARGE IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY DISCOUNT.
    THIS CHARGE WILL NOT APPLY TO INFANTS UNDER 2
    YEARS OF AGE.
    AND – A SURCHARGE OF USD 18.00 OR CAD 18.00 WILL BE ADDED
    TO THE APPLICABLE FARE FOR TRAVEL FOR DEPARTURE FROM
    ROR.
    NOTE –
    THE FACILITY SURCHARGE APPLIES EACH TIME TRAVEL
    INVOLVES ENPLANEMENT AT KOROR-PALAU ON A UA FLIGHT
    THIS FACILITY SURCHARGE WILL NOT APPLY TO
    PASSENGERS WHO ARE TRAVELING ON ANY UA FREE TICKET
    Stopovers FARE RULES TEXT
    2 STOPOVERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT – 1 IN EACH
    DIRECTION AT USD 100.00 EACH
    NONE IN GUAM
    PERMITTED IN AREA 3.
    CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
    Flight Applications FARE RULES TEXT
    THE FARE COMPONENT MUST INCLUDE TRAVEL VIA TRANSPACIFIC
    SECTORS ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY UA FLIGHT OPERATED BY UA
    ANY UA FLIGHT OPERATED BY CO.
    AND
    THE FARE COMPONENT MUST NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL BETWEEN TYO/OSA
    AND BJS/SHA ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY CA FLIGHT
    ANY NH FLIGHT OPERATED BY CA.
    AND
    IF THE FARE COMPONENT INCLUDES TRAVEL BETWEEN JAPAN AND
    KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
    THEN THAT TRAVEL MUST NOT BE ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY UA FLIGHT OPERATED BY OZ
    ANY CO FLIGHT OPERATED BY OZ
    ANY NH FLIGHT OPERATED BY OZ.
    AND
    THE FARE COMPONENT MUST NOT BE ON
    ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
    ANY CO FLIGHT OPERATED BY UA.

  25. A friend of mine just got an only slightly higher ($2,800) fare from STL to Beijing in United Global FIRST! This must be a mistake?

  26. if you fly united, wouldn’t you earn more PQM on business than AA? United is all about PQM and it gives 150% for P class. Does that increase the value of united business slightly or am I missing something?
    I thought on AA, you will earn 100% of EQM or 150% EQP whereas on united, it’s just 150% PQM, So United gives a bit more on PQM if I understand correctly. But I never fly business so I might be wrong, these all sound complicated…

  27. @chitownflyer–thanks for the 87 pages of light reading there. Exactly what I needed to settle down for the evening.

  28. @ jim — Right, with United you are getting more out of the business class fare in terms of the elite qualifying miles. That being said, I value the opportunity to upgrade to first class significantly, which you couldn’t do with United.

    Furthermore, the thing that makes this worthwhile for me is the fact that it will get me over the threshold for 2012 Elite Rewards. With United there would be more economical ways to get to the 125K threshold, while with American that’s not really the case.

  29. Here is the deal. American started it targeting Delta’s hubs of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit and South Florida. United jumped on the bandwagon. Now, Delta has responded offering the same deal out of American gateways in Dallas. Chicago hasn’t been added yet but stay tuned…

    This is a case where Chapter 11 bankruptcy benefits the consumer. If AA was not in bankruptcy, you would NOT see this fare volatility. 3rd time this year but this is the lowest to Asia

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