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What Airlines Will Upgrade Award Tickets?  
User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

I'm shopping around for a possible frequent flier program change from Continental, and was wondering what airlines will give elites upgrades on domestic coach AWARD tickets.

I know that Northwest does. Are they the only Airline like that? Would they do it for CO elites who booked a flight using an NW award and put their CO elite FF# in the NW award reservation? I'm non-elite on NW but I have 25k miles in an NW FF account and want to use it for the domestic coach award, and want to know if my CO platinum will give me the same upgrade rights on a NW award ticket as would an NW platinum. I know it does for paid tickets, but awards are questionable. What about if I booked the same ticket using my CO miles buy flying NW still?

I also know that American, Continental, and US Air do NOT upgrade awards.

What about Delta and United?

Thanks guys!


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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 29694 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4080 times:
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UA will do so, but only for United Global Services members. This is a new benefit and as I recall, it applies to both Domestic and International Awards. Large thread about it in the UA Mileage Plus forum on FlyerTalk.com.

User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

United Global Services?

I'm Platinum Preferred on UA... would i get put on standby for an upgrade to domestic F on a Y award?



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User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting Lrgt (Reply 2):
I'm Platinum Preferred on UA... would i get put on standby for an upgrade to domestic F on a Y award?

What's platinum preferred on UA? Do you mean Premier Executive? If so, that won't work, nor will the next level, 1K.


User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting Lrgt (Reply 2):
United Global Services?

It's the uber-high tier in Mileage Plus. Reserved mostly for CEOs, government officials, people who spend *a lot* of money with UA, people who fly an incredible amount with UA, etc. I think it's also invitation only, so there's no set requirement to qualify for it.

[Edited 2007-10-08 08:56:27]


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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3712 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4080 times:
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Quoting Lrgt (Reply 2):
United Global Services?

Invitation-only hyper duper super frequent flyer tier. UA makes it by invitation-only rather than by a set amount of miles in order to be able to include people who do not have enough miles to warrant membership but that UA wants to make very happy nevertheless (think the guy who signs the corporate contract that's worth $$$$$$$$$$ a year).



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User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

I meant regular tiers... i guess United is out, but does DL upgrade awards for elites? If not, then NW is the only one?!


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User currently offlineAAJFKSJUBKLYN From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

AA will not...BUT..It did happen to me once to LAX..oversold in rear, went through the Premium list and they called me to get out of coach and put me in business. A rarity at that.

User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

I know BMI do a type of award system:

If you are a BD*A Gold card holder - it takes 53K miles, and all UA and US ticket classes qualify.

So, once you reach Gold, you are enttled to teh next class of service at Y miles (or miles + cash). So, if, for example you wanted to fly JFK-LAX in C, all you would have to pay for are the Y miles, or the Y miles+cash, 30K miles (or 15K miles and £100/$150).

BD will not comp you if you are already *A card holder, bu they will comp AA/BA AF/KL, or CO etc. Either way if you fly a lot with UA/US or AC, then you have lots of earning oppertunities.

Hope this helps,
Brian.



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User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2358 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

As far as I know, a CO Plat is eligible for upgrade on NW metal (given those circumstances, almost a guarantee) regardless of whether miles for the ticket are debited from a WP or a OP account. I've been upgraded as a CO Plat on NW-operated flights ticketed on CO stock as part of a OnePass reward ticket (standard coach domestic reward series), so I'm pretty sure you'd be in good shape.

User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting CODC10 (Reply 9):
As far as I know, a CO Plat is eligible for upgrade on NW metal (given those circumstances, almost a guarantee) regardless of whether miles for the ticket are debited from a WP or a OP account. I've been upgraded as a CO Plat on NW-operated flights ticketed on CO stock as part of a OnePass reward ticket (standard coach domestic reward series), so I'm pretty sure you'd be in good shape.

Thanks... it looks like I'm going to be flying CO for all my paid travel need and NW for all my OnePass rewards LOL



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