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Can I change United award after routing rules change?
Hi, I want to book an award under the current routing rules before they expire Oct. 6. Specifically:
SFO – NRT (open jaw) ICN – CDG (stopover) CDG – SFO.
I have no trouble getting this to price in partner business class at 155,000 miles total. The problem is that I only have 124,000 miles right now. But I will be getting my 100,000 Reserve points on the next statement (unfortunately, Chase says they can’t expedite them at this point).
So what I would like to do it book the outbound leg from SFO – NRT in economy and book the return leg with the stopover (ICN – CDG – SFO) in partner business. The question is: after October 6, will I be able to pay the $75 change fee and difference in miles to switch from economy to business on the SFO – NRT leg, since the pricing of that leg won’t be affected by the change in rules? I’m hoping the answer is yes, but I’m wondering if they’ll see that the award as a whole would not be bookable anymore and therefore they won’t let me make any changes to it.
Thanks for your help, as always!
It’s my understanding that rules applicable on tickets booked now will remain after the changes. This includes fees. No one knows for sure the total scope of changes. Have you considered buying points? Any SPG points to convert to Marriott to UA? Just some ideas to lock it down now.