More of a FYI with a couple questions associated to the subject. Relative was heading back to Argentina (return on an award ticket) on UA. (CO issued tkt, CO miles). At check in, she is offered buy up to United Business for $631. Given that she had 3 bags, and the third bag was going to cost $200, at a net cost of $431, she did not have to think long. All other obvious benefits notwithstanding. I thought this was a pretty great deal, specially if you compare it to a miles+copay option on a regular revenue tkt (About $1200 nowadays to EZE from PHL via IAD or IAH) Question: Do you earn miles as a C cabin passenger, or do you earn miles based on your original ticket? (in this case, no miles as it was a reward) I am sure I could wait to see if the miles post on her account, but we MPers are a little obsessed regarding all frequent flyer matters She is now hooked. I spoke to her this morning after her arrival in EZE, and she said had she know how much nicer the seats really were, she would have done this sooner. This relates to my point in the Marketing Suggestion to UA thread. She said food and service were ok, not great, but still worth what she paid for, in her opinion. As a curious data point, her name did not show on the upgraded list on the flight status information page.