Advice for marrying an award F and paid Z (IAD - ATH/IST - IAD)

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  1. DCA1K

    DCA1K Silver Member

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    So, my partner and I are hoping to fly 8/23 IAD - ATH and return 9/4 IST - IAD. I want to use an award ticket for him and a paid ticket for me. I am finding decent Z fares IAD - FRA rt (figuring I could either buy a separate intra-European ticket or awards on LH/A3/TK for me). The challenge: there is award space at 67,500 miles in F or 125,000 in C each way, but if I buy Z, I can't GPU the Z to F. I don't want to use 250,000 miles for a C award.

    So, my question:

    Can you voluntary downgrade an F award to C in advance (we would like to sit together)? Is there another way to upgrade Z to F?

    What advice does the board have for me?
     
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    You can upgrade a Z fare to F using cash+points. It is pricey, but it can be done.

    Or offer the person assigned the seat next to you the F seat once on board.

    Or sit apart for 8 hours and enjoy the rest of the trip together.
     
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    Thanks, Seth; you are always such a valuable resource to us all. Do you have a sense of what the cash + points would cost (or where I can estimate them)? Since the point difference for downgrading from F to C is 125,000...
     
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