Aq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1659 times:
I use $40 Upgrades from AA.com for all my travels within the 50-states. This is pretty good because all you do is purchase the full-fare Y class ticket (1/2 the price of business/first) and then upgrade for $40. Does AA have anything like this for international travel? I could see them having something like $100 upgrades to biz, and then you need an additional $100 coupon for economy-first (two total).
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
Actually, upgrade stickers are only usable for elites. And elites traveling on Y or B fares can upgrade for free at their window (IOW, you request an upgrade as you normally would with stickers, but when the upgrade clears, nothing is deducted from your account).
I like AA, but, as a mainly domestic flyer, I found my wife and I were spending just way too much on upgrades. It's cheaper for us to be elites on NW, where domestic upgrades are free, and just pay the Y fare+miles for any international upgrades (since we're pretty much limited to one int'l vacation per year).
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
Ok, I'm logged into my passenger service manual just to verify...
AAdvantage members who are not elite (regular AAdvantage), but however have purchased a full fare ticket (Y class only!) are entitled to upgrades also at $55.00 per 500 miles (it may have been lowered to $50.00- the manual is not updated with the newest UPG changes), no discounts if you purchase online, etc. No companion upgrades either.
Elite members, now including Gold and Platinum, can get complementary upgrades on full fare Y or B (before it was only Executive Platinum). Purchasing anywhere else other than online is standard pricing ($50/500 miles).