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Ticket Classes

london
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Ticket Classes

When browsing this forum, i sometimes come across the terms 'F' Class, 'J' class, 'Y' class etc.

Does this mean that within the Business class, there are sub-divisions and if so what is the difference between these sub-divisions. How can I tell if I am traveeling 'J' class or another one

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1. Re: Ticket Classes

This is an old EK example,there are more utd ones on line

A First - Discounted + Peak Award

B Economy - Discounted

C Business - Discounted + Peak Award

D Business - Award, Upgrade + Non-Rev

E Economy - Discounted

F First - Full Fare

G Economy - Group?

H Economy - Discounted

I Business - Discounted

J Business - Full Fare

K Economy - Discounted

L Economy - Discounted

M Economy - Discounted

N Economy - Award

O Business - Discounted

P First - Full Fare (Suites)

Q Economy - Discounted

R Economy - Discounted

S Economy - Non-Rev

T Economy - Discounted

U Economy - Discounted

V Economy - Discounted

W Economy - Discounted + Peak Award

X Economy - Discounted + Award when using frequent flyer miles of Emirates partner airlines

Y Economy - Full Fare

Z First - Award + Upgrade

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2. Re: Ticket Classes

The problem is that the letters are used by different airlines in different ways, and to them they indicate not just the class of cabin but also the fare conditions attached, or the fare bucket used.

For many airlines Y indicates full-fare economy class, with flexible conditions, J full fare business class, again with flexible conditions, and F the same for First class. You'll find non-changeable, or non-refundable, or both versions of each, with different letters.

But some airlines have a premium economy class too while others don't, US domestic first bears little or no relation to the same airline's International first, and intra-European business class bears no resemblance to the same airline's intercontinental Business.

You'd really need to say which airlines you are looking at to get much more help.

london
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3. Re: Ticket Classes

Hi - I am flying Emirates, but have no idea what class other than it is a Business Class ticket - how can i tell

Apart from the flexibility then, is there any difference between the sub-classes ?

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4. Re: Ticket Classes

As far as level of service on board there is no difference. Some of the discounted fare classes you are not able to upgrade your ticket and there are higher penalties for amending or cancelling. Also you may get less air miles (or sometimes none) on the discounted fare classes.

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5. Re: Ticket Classes

@steve_ben2004

If you can find a breakdown of the fare plus fees and taxes, it'll be in there. A code like OUSPGB1 is known as a fare basis code and books into 'O' class inventory in the business cabin.The rest of the letters and numbers may or may not have some additional meaning :)

Regardless of what you've paid the service will be the same.

These sub-divisions (selling classes, fare buckets, etc) enable the airline to take finer control over revenue. If a cabin is filling up they can limit availability in the lower buckets and force people to pay more for the higher fares if they simply must travel on that flight. If the flight is quiet they can open them up to make lower fares available.

For instance, BA have nine or ten one-way fares to Frankfurt, all with more or less the same conditions. The base fare ranges between GBP18 and 424 ! What you pay depends on when you book and how busy the flight is. You'll clearly pay more on Monday morning or Friday night than Weds lunchtime.

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6. Re: Ticket Classes

As others have noted, there are numerous variations and every one of the letters in the fare bucket has a meaning. Here's a link to an air fare watchdog page that might give you some more insight.

airfarewatchdog.com/blog/…

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