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June 8, 2009


Filed under: International,Mileage Plus,united,United Airlines — Chris @ 5:08 pm

First the good news: Starting July 1, Mileage Plus members will be able to upgrade to using miles from ALL domestic and international coach fares, even the cheapity cheapest ones from which upgrades are currently forbidden.  (This sets UAL apart from other most other carriers, which currently disallow upgrades from the cheapest coach fares.)

Now the bad news: Starting July 1, you’ll have to make a “co-payment” of $50 to $500 for the honor of using your hard earned miles to upgrade off of those cheap fares.

Want to upgrade on that bargain coach fare from SFO to Honolulu? That’ll be 17,500 miles plus $250-$500 extra bucks. How about an upgrade from that awesome coach-class round trip deal you scored for your flight to Europe this summer? That will be 20,000 miles plus $250-$500. (Painful, but not a bad deal for business class to Europe.)

Generally, you’ll only pay with miles if you book the pricier Y, B, C or D class of ticket. All other classes of tickets will require the copay.

United details here:,6722,52895,00.html


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  1. […] This post supersedes a previous THE BAT post warning that the new rules would go into effect this month. Leave a […]

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