Booking Classes (UA)

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These are the booking classes or fare class codes used by United Airlines to identify the classes of service and restrictions on each type of ticket.

By alphabetical order

  • 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 = Some low web/discount fares from early 2005. Now officially elevated to above H 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 STAR AWARD TICKET (Booked as 'XC' class on UA)
  • J = Paid Business 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 UA AWARD TICKET (Booked as 'NY' class on UA; available only to super-elite)
  • O = First Class STAR AWARD TICKET (Booked as 'XF' class on UA)
  • P = Premium USA Transcon First Class on 3 classers
  • Q = Discount Economy with moderate restrictions.
  • S = Real Lowball coach with lot of restrictions. Reports that some are not mile earning ex UK/Brazil etc.
  • T = Heavy discount Fare Economy - often with a lot of restrictions
  • V = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
  • W = Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions
  • X = Economy Class STAR AWARD TICKET (Booked as 'XY' on UA)
  • Y = Full Fare unrestricted Economy class
  • Z = Heavily discounted Business Class - generally NOT upgradeable.

( * = Applies to THREE class equipment. In TWO class equipment, upgrading from coach to First is also in "NF" class. Two class aircraft [at present!] only run on North American routes. "Two class upgrades" are officially not allowed for paying pax - i.e. nothing one can do - whether with miles, and/or coupons of any kind will "officially" take you from paid coach to First on a THREE class aircraft.)


Source(s): Booking Classes

By pecking order

The order is defined in United's contract of carriage.

  • First class: F, P, A
  • Business class: C, D, Z
  • Coach class: Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, K, L, G

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