How to maximize my chances of getting an upgrade on an international flight
December 30, 2009 9:46 AM Subscribe
How can I optimize my chances of earning upgrades on upcoming international flights? Please help me avoid flying all the way from the East Coast of the US to Asia in coach!
posted by fancypants to travel & transportation (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the next few months I will be taking several international trips for work (yay!). The entity I work for will only pay for coach tickets and for these trips I will be obligated to fly United. The prospect of a 13 hour flight in coach is horrifying to me, so I want to maximize my ability to get upgrades.
Here's where it gets complicated: I don't have a United frequent flier account. I have a US Airways account with about 20,000 miles stockpiled that I have used to earn miles on previous trips on United because of their code-sharing agreement through Star Alliance. I also have a debit card that earns miles on US Air. Is there any way that I can use my US Air miles to purchase upgrades on United flights?
I will be flying United regularly for the foreseeable future. Would it be wiser for me to open an FF account with them and earn the miles directly? Even if it means basically abandoning the 20,000 miles I have with US Air and starting over from nothing?