|Air Canada and booking codes||Toxigal||1/21/12 7:50 AM|
I am doing a search for star alliance airlines in booking classes B, C, or Y. I am trying to get an upgradeable fare (Star Alliance upgrade) to japan.
The search returns Air Canada and ANA flights that are not in the designated booking classes.
I did the following search:
From: PHL / f bc=c|bc=b|bc=y; -codeshare; alliance star-alliance
To: ITM / f bc=c|bc=b|bc=y; -codeshare; alliance star-alliance
|Re: Air Canada and booking codes||Jacqueline N||1/23/12 4:40 PM|
Unfortunately, booking codes are tricky and nuanced. Our "bc=" syntax chooses fares based on their prime booking code, and fares often, but not always, book into the prime booking codes. The prime booking code and the actual booking code are even more likely to differ on trips involving multiple airlines.
In this specific example, the fares are industry ("YY") fares published by IATA that pay for travel between PHL and OSA. They have a prime booking code of "Y", so they are selected by the "bc=Y" clause. The trip is priced as a round-trip, with one fare paying for the three outbound flights (on two carriers: AC and NH) and the other fare paying for the three return flights (on three carriers: NH, AC, and US). The rules associated with these fares specify what booking codes they will use: W on AC, H on NH, and T on US.
I can see how this doesn't help you in your search for upgradeable fares though! We're always looking for ways to improve our products and will keep this feedback in mind.
|Re: Air Canada and booking codes||tjuchcin||1/23/12 7:43 PM|
And for even more of the madness behind the method, I just found this: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/5508153-post26.html