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FF Upgrade Policies Of US Carriers?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2001 1:05 pm
by railmatt
I am familiar with the various procedures for obtaining upgrades on AA and TWA.

What about Delta, United, Northwest, Continental, America West, US Airways, National, Alaska, or Air Tran?

People on this trip report board seem more up-to-date on this subject.

RE: FF Upgrade Policies Of US Carriers?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2001 1:12 pm
by TonyBurr
I fly UA alot (over 140,000 miles this year). I do enjoy the upgrades. How does this happen?

1. Certain fare basis allow you to use FF miles to upgrade
2. Certificates sent to the FF for upgrades (domestic and international).
3. Depending on your level of FF program (25,000, 50,000 or 100,000 miles per yaer) determines how many hours before the flight you can confirm an upgrade. Also, if there is a wait list the higher FF get first choice. Among the high FF it depends on the fare you paid.
4. It really is just luck!!! Dress for sucess!

I have to admit UA has been good about upgrades. It keeps me flying them!

RE: FF Upgrade Policies Of US Carriers?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2001 1:34 pm
by N1993R
Delta

Y, B, M fares upgradeable internationally using Skymiles or PMUs.

Y, B, M fares upgradeable domestically using Skymiles.

Y, B, M, H, Q, K fares upgradeable domestically using SMUs or NAMUs.

Y, B, N, H, Q, K, L fares upgradeable domestically using old FF miles.

Silver Medallions earn 4 SMUs (valid for 800 miles each) per 10000 miles flown.

Gold Medallions earn 8 SMUs per 10000 miles flown.

Platinum Medallions earn 6 PMUs and unlimited SMUs.

All Medallions earn 2 NAMUs after 40000 miles and 2 more per 20000 additional miles.
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United

Almost all published fares upgradeable internationally using miles.

All published fares upgradeable internationally using SWUs.

All published fares upgradeable domestically using miles, 500 miler certs and HK49s.

Premiers, PremEx and 1Ks earn 4 500 milers (valid for 500 miles each) per 10000 miles flown.

PremEx and 1K earn 2 HK49s per quarter.

1Ks earn 6 SWUs.

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Northwest

Y, B, M fares upgradeable Transpac using miles.

Y, B fares upgradeable Transatlantic using miles.

All fares except E-fares upgradeable domestically using miles.

All fares upgradeable domestically (except Hawaii) using elite upgrades.

Unlimited upgrades for ALL Elites domestically.
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Continental

Y, K, H fares upgradeable internationally and Hawaii using miles.

All fares except E-fares upgradeable domestically (except Hawaii) using miles.

All fares upgradeable domestically (except Hawaii) using elite upgrades.

Unlimited upgrades for ALL Elites domestically.