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BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:15 am

Are general BA/EC members allowed to use miles to upgrade tickets?
I searched their web site and could not locate a chart for mileage based upgrades. I would appreciate feedback on where I can access this information.

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tcxdegsy
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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:53 am

Yes, you can except from a discounted economy ticket. I've done it twice so far, and it's really easy!!

You can read all about it and how, by going to the help pages on their site, and search for answer number 1056 in the text search box.

In general, it's 25,000 miles for a return trip upgrade 1 cabin class (you can't leapfrog WTP to go from WT to Club, unless there's no WTP on the flight), except for Oz, and it's 50,000!

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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting TCXDegsy (Reply 1):
Yes, you can except from a discounted economy ticket. I've done it twice so far, and it's really easy!!

You can read all about it and how, by going to the help pages on their site, and search for answer number 1056 in the text search box.

In general, it's 25,000 miles for a return trip upgrade 1 cabin class (you can't leapfrog WTP to go from WT to Club, unless there's no WTP on the flight), except for Oz, and it's 50,000!

One important point is that the flight must be booked direct with BA for it to be upgradeable - if you buy the flight through a travel agent or a site like Expedia you won't be able to use miles to upgrade. The best value is generally to purchase a WT+ ticket and use the 25k miles to upgrade to business.
 
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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:45 am

Quoting TCXDegsy (Reply 1):
In general, it's 25,000 miles for a return trip upgrade 1 cabin class (you can't leapfrog WTP to go from WT to Club, unless there's no WTP on the flight), except for Oz, and it's 50,000!

In general depends on where you fly to. On longhaul it ranges from 20k (Egypt, Middle East) to 50k (to Australia).

The J-F upgrades are double the miles of the WT to WT+ and WT+ to CW values.
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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:14 am

Quoting Star_world (Reply 2):
if you buy the flight through a travel agent or a site like Expedia you won't be able to use miles to upgrade.

Not correct, at least not correct ex-Portugal. You can book anywhere and use miles to upgrade (subject to space in the correct booking class). Many of our clients (both Star and One World) do it regularly.
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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:29 am

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 4):
Not correct, at least not correct ex-Portugal. You can book anywhere and use miles to upgrade (subject to space in the correct booking class). Many of our clients (both Star and One World) do it regularly.

Not sure what you mean by your last sentence - both Star and One World - I'm specificially talking about BA flights. On BA, the booking must be made directly with them, not through an agent. See the following extract from the BA Portgual website (the wording is the same on the other country pages, this isn't unique to Portugal):

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Miles for Upgrade bookings can only be made online at ba.com or direct with British Airways. To upgrade an existing booking (minimum 21 days in advance) either contact your service centre or sales office. A Miles for Upgrade cannot be booked at airport ticket desks.The upgrade is a single cabin upgrade from Euro Traveller to Club Europe, World Traveller to World Traveller Plus (where fitted on the aircraft), World Traveller Plus to Club World (where World Traveller Plus is not fitted on the aircraft), World Traveller Plus to Club World, Club World to FIRST.

https://www.britishairways.com/travel/eccondofuse/public/en_pt
 
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RE: BA Exec Club Mileage Upgrades?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:40 am

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 4):
Not correct, at least not correct ex-Portugal. You can book anywhere and use miles to upgrade (subject to space in the correct booking class). Many of our clients (both Star and One World) do it regularly.

The inability to MFU a trade originating booking applies ex-World. If BA in Portugal are disregarding this, it is certainly a unique situation. The only exceptions are passengers using a GUFT (Gold Upgrade For Two) which can be used on bookngs both direct with BA and the trade. The GUFT does not use any miles and there are not a such a large number of them in circulation anyway.

If you are not getting hold of the wrong end of the stick with MFU's, who, in Portugal actually processes the upgrade? How do you service the booking if pax wishes to change, as award inventory is not made available on trade CRS?
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