Airfare of the Day: United DEN – CTU USD 513 (RT Economy Class)

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to United Airlines special nonrefundable discount fares between Denver and Chengdu via the Pacific.

Fare Details:

  • Fare: United Airlines (UA) GKX93EM5
  • Booking class: G (Economy/Coach)
  • Price: USD 513 (USD 104 base fare + taxes & surcharges)
  • Day/Time restrictions: From USA permitted Sunday to Thursday on each transpacific sector – To USA permitted Monday to Thursday on each transpacific sector
  • Seasonality: Permitted 24 AUG through 30 NOV 2017 on the outbound transpacific sector
  • Flight Application: Transpacific sectors must be on UA metal – Travel between Japan and China must be on UA/NH metal
  • Advance reservation/Ticketing: Confirmed reservations required at least 90 days before departure – Ticketing must be completed within 1 day after reservations are made
  • Minimum stay: 3 days after departure from fare origin
  • Maximum stay: 6 months after departure from fare origin
  • Stopovers: 1 stopover permitted in each direction at USD 100,00 (not in Hong Kong, Guam or Japan)
  • Transfers: 6 transfers permitted in each direction: 1 in Canada, 2 in USA and 3 in Asia
  • Blackout dates: To USA travel is not permitted 27 JUL through 20 AUG 2017
  • Sales restrictions: Tickets must be issued on/before 31 MAY 2017
  • Cancellations: Any time, ticket is non-refundable
  • Changes: Any time, charge USD 300,00 for reissue/rebooking/rerouting

Routing

/VIA THE PACIFIC/MAP CONSTRUCTED LEFT TO RIGHT AND RIGHT TO LEFT

  1. DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  2. DEN-HOU/DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  3. DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  4. DEN-WAS/NYC/EWR/DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  5. DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  6. DEN-SFO/LAX/DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  7. DEN-LAS-SFO/LAX-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  8. DEN-SNA-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA-UA/NH/CA-CTU
  9. DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  10. DEN-HOU/DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  11. DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  12. DEN-WAS/NYC/EWR/DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  13. DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  14. DEN-SFO/LAX/DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  15. DEN-LAS-SFO/LAX-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  16. DEN-SNA-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  17. DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  18. DEN-HOU/DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  19. DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  20. DEN-WAS/NYC/EWR/DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  21. DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  22. DEN-SFO/LAX/DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  23. DEN-LAS-SFO/LAX-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  24. DEN-SNA-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH/CA-SHA/BJS-UA/CA-CTU
  25. DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  26. DEN-HOU/DEN-CHI-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  27. DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  28. DEN-WAS/NYC/EWR/DEN-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  29. DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  30. DEN-SFO/LAX/DEN-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  31. DEN-LAS-SFO/LAX-SFO/SEA/LAX-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU
  32. DEN-SNA-HNL-WP/UA/HA-OGG/MKK/LNY/LIH/KOA/JHM/ITO-WP/UA/HA-HNL-GUM-TYO/OSA-UA/NH-CTU

Booking examples:

I was able to find availability from September to November 2017 using Matrix ItaSoftware:

The fare is bookable using Orbitz/Expedia/Travelocity/Priceline/JustFly:

 

Fare construction (can be useful to travel agents):

Mileage Accrual

Mileage accrual was estimated for DEN-SFO-CTU round trip without considering any elite status bonuses.

Conclusion

I cannot understand how airlines can get away with charging surcharges that are more expensive than their base fares. In this case, the fuel surcharge is 3 times the base fare-

This fare allows for some creative routing via Hawaii. Mileage accrual can be maximized taking advantage of the 6 free transfers included on the base fare. Stopovers are priced USD 100 each, so if you are looking for a couple of days in Hawaii, they could be added. Pity that it does not allow stopovers in Japan.

Fare rules

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