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Upgrading purchased tickets via miles (United)
I fly to India about 3/4 times a year and it’s always through the use of my United miles, however this yields me no advantage in gaining mileageplus status via flown miles. If I purchase a full fare economy ticket and upgrade to business class via miles, does this accumulate flown miles towards elite status? If so, what is the process of upgrading a purchased ticket via miles?
Your earnings toward status would only be on the class purchased, not the class flown though that still might help. I’m not sure of the process but I’d just identify your flights then call UA and let them know at the outset you’re going to want to upgrade with miles. If you want to end up in business class and your flight has premium economy, you’ll likely have to buy PE to be able to upgrade to Business. Typically you’re only allowed to use miles to upgrade to the next service class.
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