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User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 687 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

I have a question for all of the WorldPerks experts here. I've got 750,000 banked miles, but I have never used them for an award ticket. If I were to book an award ticket (in Y), would I recieve an upgrade on a domstic flight as I would flying on a regular ticket. (I would guess no, but I am just checking).


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

Most airlines do not upgrade award tickets.

If you book an award ticket in Y, you're pretty much stuck there... unless of course an event occurs where NW is at fault... in which case it would NW's discretion to upgrade you.

If you prefer to fly in Business, then you would have to book the award ticket as a Business Class ticket at the outset (which of course would be more miles).

Hope that helps.




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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

I got upgraded in July on a EWR-ORD flight using a reward ticket. My mom is gold elite with CO and I was upgraded at the gate even when she wasn't traveling on the same itinerary. My boarding pass came out saying elite access and I was given a FC seat at the gate. So it is possible although not probable. I can guarantee you would be given last priority.

User currently offlineCanarsie VOR From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

You would be extremely lucky to get upgraded to anything but economy on an award ticket. Most airlines only do this on a special basis. Presumably circumstances would depend on your route as well, with international flights being shall we say impossible. However, if you are flying on a low load route and there are plenty of Biz seats open and you hold some kind of status with NW, you may get lucky. Many times these upgrades are done on a whim.

However traditionally most do not do this. I am Premier 1K with UA and have never had the privilege of being upgraded on an award.

If you want a guarantedd seat in Business Class you would have to cough up the miles.


User currently offlineDaumueller From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 687 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

especially, when you're holding 750.000 (not -100.000 like me  Smile ) miles, the extra miles shouldn't hurt you too much  Smile

User currently offline1millionflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

You cannot book an award ticket in a regular class of service. Usually there is a special class code for award tickets.



User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

My brother was able to get an upgrade as a Platinum Elite flyer using one of the "123 Free" e certs that he got from NW.

I was very surprized at this, but he said he was in first r/t PVD-DTW-PVD.

I have never used miles for a coach seat, so I can't comment on the main point.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

1millionflyer,

I think you may be getting slightly technical for "regular" flyers who are mainly concerned about wheter they are booking in Economy, Business or First. But yes you are correct, award tickets, no matter what class of service, have special codes which differ from other booking classes.

For instance in UA's case:
A = Discounted Fare First Class
B = Not quite Full Fare Economy with minimal restrictions
C = Full Fare Unrestricted Business Class
D = Discounted Fare Business
E = 1K Special Economy Class Award
F = Full Fare Unrestricted First Class
G = Travel Industry Economy Class fares
H = Higher level Economy Class usually with few restrictions.
I = Also known as "NC" class. Business Class Upgrade class from Economy
K = Seasonal Economy Promotional Fares/Reduced Fare government contract etc
L = Discount Fare Economy with a lot of restrictions
M = Almost Full Fare Economy with few restrictions
N = Economy Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XY' class)
O = Business Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XC' class)
Q = Discount Fare Economy often with moderate restrictions
R = First Class AWARD TICKET (Better known as 'XF' class)
S = Extremely Low Economy with lot of restrictions, which doesn't always earn miles.
T = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
V = Discount Fare Economy often with a lot of restrictions
W = Discount Fare Economy often with many restrictions
X = First Class UPGRADE AWARD from paid Business (Better known as 'NF')
Y = Full Fare unrestricted Economy class




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