AA newbie - how to use upgrades to get business class?

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  1. sjbeck2

    sjbeck2 New Member

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    We will be travelling to Europe next summer. We would love to fly business class. Is there a way to use miles to upgrade to business class from an economy ticket?
    Thanks.
     
  2. clscholes

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    If you pay for the economy ticket, then yes, you can upgrade...but it might be worth just accruing enough miles to use for a business class ticket by itself.
     
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    If you want to upgrade from discount economy, it is 50,000 miles plus $700 a ticket. Or you could fly in business RT for 100,000 MileSaver or 200,000 Standard.
     
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    Have you purchased your tickets yet? As clscholes notes, you may want to consider a business class award rather than miles to upgrade. Also, consider less dominant AA partners like Finnair who may have better (and potentially cheaper, considering taxes and fees) availability to Europe.
     
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    Moving to AA forum. Please follow along there.
     
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    This might have ben sage advice in former years but as one who had been looking carefully and almost daily for awards or upgradable inventory to Europe next Summer I wouldn't even bother to look on AA there is just about nothing in business awards to FRA, CDG, FCO, MAD, BCN, DUS and even LHR. A few weeks ago there was a few individual seats (forget about getting two) to LHR, FCO and MXP but these have either been snapped up or more possibly removed.
    I suppose if one can stomach the insecurity of wait-listing inventory may (or not) open up real close to your travel dates.

    Its by far the worst I have ever seen it.

    The irony of it all is despite our belittling of Skypesos DL has a plethora of low level awards compared to AA for Summer 2014.
     
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    Your upgrade from coach might also fail to clear. Upgrade space more than a few days out is similarly scarce.
     
  8. Pizzaman
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    Did you check other OW carriers? I had no trouble finding September availability earlier this spring. I know that's not summer but I'd be surprised that there's literally no availability to anyplace in Europe in J.
     
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    I am actually looking for late Sept early Oct 2014 (which has not posted as of now) but I wanted to try and pick up a pattern which although not the 331 days of years past has had a fairly predictable pattern even up to last year.

    My intent is to get either two J awards or two C upgrades or a combination of both.

    There is some availability of J on IB to MAD and some BA (but I refuse to pay their rapacious YQ) and also on AB but the latter seems to be having continuous luggage problems so I would avoid them if at all possible.( this is intended to be a 18-21- day trip so I will have to check luggage)

    Like you said even up to about 2 months I was able see the occasional 2C upgrades and a few scattered days with J awards but currently I dare anyone to find even one J award to many for the entire year of 2014 on some routes.
     

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