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Points for Upgrades?

Points for Upgrades?

  1. Scudder

    I have to fly JFK-BKK in a month, and will be reimbursed $2,000 towards the price of the ticket. No way I’m doing this economy, but I’m wondering my options.

    I’ve never used points for confirmed upgraded before, and not sure how to tackle it. Premium Economy fares on CX at about $2,000 or BA at $2,700. I have about 100,000 AA miles and about 300,000 UR points. Could anyone give me tips on looking at moving those PE seats to First using points?

    Alternatly, I can pay cash and eat the difference: I’m currently seeing business on FinnAir for just over $3k, mixed a350/a330 and with 8 hour layovers in HEL. (Don’t actually mind that timing)

  2. MidSouthSkier

    You’d have to purchase the ticket on either CX or BA via the AA website/call center and then use your AA miles to upgrade although you’d only be able to upgrade to Business class as airlines don’t typically allow you to upgrade more than one cabin.

    Ben flew the JFK-HEL route on Finnair and reviewed it here: [URL][/URL]

    The Finnair route would cut the trip roughly in half and you’d earn miles. If you don’t have AA status you’d earn 125% of miles flown, more if you do have status all for $1000. I think I might do that.

  3. David W

    You cant use AA miles to upgrade CX flights booked as an AA code share.

    You can upgrade BA flights, but only if your ticket is in one of the more expensive fare classes – I dont think it’s worth it. You have to buy full fare economy to upgrade, and if your BA flight has Premium economy, that’s what you’re upgraded to, not business. You have to buy Premium economy in order to upgrade to biz


    Non-upgradable discount economy ticket – $1460

    Upgradable full fare economy (to prem econ) – $5233

    Non-upgradable prem econ – $2083

    Upgradable premium econ – $7867

    Paid Business – $4667

  4. Scudder

    Thanks, guys. Looks like I’ll be testing out the sauna in the Finnair lounge.

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