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UA JFK-LAX 12/30/10 Upgrade To J At Kiosk?  
User currently offlineTOMMY767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

Hi Everyone,

Quick question. I'm flying to LA for new years and used 50,000 UA miles to get an economy ticket (yes, I booked it two weeks ago and I was desperate.) My fare code is Y and I'll be flying P.S. (flight 25.) I'm looking at the seat maps for thursday and economy is completely full as well as business but there are 6 open seats in first. Is it possible they would upgrade high ranking elites to first, which would open more seats in business, allowing people to pay for upgrades at check-in? If so, how much would it cost? It's a long flight out there this time of year and I'd be will to spend $200-300 for an upgrade.

Thanks for your help!

--T

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User currently offlinephlstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4547 times:

Award tickets are not upgradable. I think they would upgrade elites in coach first. Unless you find an agent willing to bend the rules.

Your fare code is most likely XY and not Y though.


User currently offlineTOMMY767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4542 times:

Quoting phlstudent (Reply 1):

Can an agent bend the rules? UA.com says Y not XY (unless "XY" wouldn't show on the website..)


User currently offlinephlstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

XY should show on the website under your reservation. If it only says Y then that means you paid full fare coach.

I do not know enough about your specifics situation, but if you used miles to purchase the tickets then theoretically you would not be allowed to upgrade. I have heard reports on another site that people have upgraded award tickets before though. It can never hurt to ask..


User currently offlineTOMMY767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4531 times:

Quoting phlstudent (Reply 3):
I do not know enough about your specifics situation, but if you used miles to purchase the tickets then theoretically you would not be allowed to upgrade. I have heard reports on another site that people have upgraded award tickets before though. It can never hurt to ask..

I should mention I had to pay $325 to buy miles to make it to the 50,000 mark (I had 41,000.) Is that a factor of maybe how "Y" shows up on my ticket?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26853 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4483 times:

United is operating an extra section JFK-LAX on the 30th using a B744. Don't know what your flexibility is but maybe trying to stand-by for that flight at 12noon you can land an upgrade into C.

Kinda like the old TWA/Pan Am days with a 747 on a transcon!



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User currently offlineTOMMY767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
United is operating an extra section JFK-LAX on the 30th using a B744. Don't know what your flexibility is but maybe trying to stand-by for that flight at 12noon you can land an upgrade into C.

oooo that sounds tempting but I just started a new job and i can't cut corners. I'm already leaving at 3:30 to catch flight 25!


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