United Standby List – Flight Loads: How To Check Airport Standby Position
A few airlines allow you to check your position on the standby list using, an App, their Web site and/or airport gate flight displays. This series will highlight these in order to ensure that you have a better standby experience.
What is United Standby List?
The United Airlines Standby list is the list of passengers that are waiting for a seat on a particular flight. On day of departure, if there are available seats on the flight, they will be assigned a seat based on the ticket they are holding.
What Does J/O/Y Mean On United Airlines?
I see this question from time to time. These are the letters that represents fare buckets of the three cabins of service offered by United Airlines.
- J is Business Class
- O is Premium Economy
- Y is Economy Class
What Are Held Seats On United?
Held seats are reserved for several reasons; could be possible weight restricted flights, holding seats for cargo, weather en route or at destination, so they want to take on additional fuel, so several reasons. Regardless of the reason, these seats are not available for passengers. However, at the very last minute they could release these seats once they get better information about the route of flight, current payload, etc.
So never give up when you see the aircraft hols 200 seats, but say 30 are Held. List and go to the airport anyway as you may never know.
The United Airlines App
Let’s look at using the App first:
Once you install and load the App, you can click on the Flight status link to check the status.
Note: You will see the flight loads when you check-in using a non-revenue reservation. You will need your confirmation number and last name for this option.
The Application also shows you your position on the standby list as well. I know that as a United employee and its Express partners you will see the actual flight loads. I’m not certain what you see if you are from another airline.
Enter your flight number and choose your travel date then click Search. If your flight serves multiple airports, then enter the airport from which you are departing.
Typically that field can be left blank as you will be asked to differentiate the flight on the next screen if your flight traverses multiple airports.
Showing airport standby list only works for flights that are operating yesterday, today and tomorrow.
This is the screen you will see if you are searching for your flight number using the departure and the arrival cities.
Once you receive your list of flights, choose the one one which you will be flying by touching it.
This takes you to the Flight Status Details page as shown above. An important feature on this page is the “Where is this aircraft coming from?” link as it will tell you if your inbound flight is delayed.
The Seat Map tab shows you the seats that’s been assigned in all cabins of the airplane. Note, it does not show the flight loads; also its only the assigned seats it shows not the booked ones. Bear in mind that many unassigned seats may show but the flight could be full.
This is your most important screen as it tells you where you are on the standby list. It will also tell you whether your cabin is Full or has Available seats. This particular example, does not, but usually you will see it. Full is burgundy and Available is in Green.
Full can mean overbooked just so you know. Once you are cleared, you will see a seat number next to your name and if you refresh your boarding pass, your new seat will show up.
The Upgrades tab is the only place you will see any load information. It will show the Capacity of the cabin, the booked and the check-in numbers. These are usually very accurate and matches the First Class/Business class seat maps.
Once you are cleared, you will see a seat number next to your name and if you refresh your boarding pass, your new seat will show up.
If you click on the icon under the date in the upper right hand corner, you will be able to see all your boarding passes and itineraries. You can choose to view them as well.
The United Airlines Website
Click on Flight Status from the home page of United.com. The above screen will be shown. Now enter either your flight number and dates or your city pair and dates.
Once you enter a city pair, you will see the screen above. Choose the flight on which you will be traveling.
You will then be presented with the flight status information for that flight.
The Flight Standby Tab shows you all the names on the standby list; those with a seat will see their names on the left side with a seat assignment next to it. You can tell if the cabins are full by the words “Full” and “Available” next to the appropriate cabin.
The “Upgrade Standby List” tab will show all the passengers waiting for an upgrade to the forward cabin(s). You will also see the capacity, booked and check-in numbers as well. Note that some airplanes do have First, Business so you will see that reflected here.
Here you will see the actual seatmap of the flight in question. Use the key to advise the types of seats available. Note that this shows seats that are assigned. It is not necessarily an indication of how empty the flight is. So don’t use it for that purpose.
At The Airport
At the airport you will be able to see the same screens as the Web site on the screens that are at the gate.
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