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AA Upgrades

Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:08 pm

I use $40 Upgrades from 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).

So is there anything for int'l?

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RE: AA Upgrades

Mon Mar 10, 2003 3:07 pm

No Upgrades are permitted with the "electronic sticker" program.
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RE: AA Upgrades

Mon Mar 10, 2003 3:12 pm

That's $40.00 per 500 mile segment not $40.00 anywhere to be exact...and that only on line if youre adv gold /plat/ the ato its more.
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RE: AA Upgrades

Mon Mar 10, 2003 4:30 pm

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).

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RE: AA Upgrades

Tue Mar 11, 2003 1:04 am

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).
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RE: AA Upgrades

Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:10 am

Wow...something I never knew. Of course, flying on Y fares is typically big bucks! (and, on many routes, the same price as domestic F)

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RE: AA Upgrades

Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:30 am

You could trade for (or buy on eBAY) a VIPOW for international 1-class upgrade. It's against the rules, but people still do it.