I need to trade AA miles for United? How do I do that?

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  1. markwilhelms

    markwilhelms New Member

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    I am flying LOT - Polish Airlines on Friday and want to upgrade to Business Class with Miles. They only trade with United Miles, which I dont fly or have any. I do however have tons of AA miles. What are you suggestions?
     
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  2. gconnery

    gconnery Silver Member

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    There aren't a lot of great options. You can generally start at:

    http://www.webflyer.com/programs/mileage_converter/

    to see if there's a way to convert thru other programs. I'm not sure there are any options here honestly.

    You can also go to points.com and look to exchange your miles for the miles you need. The general problem with doing this is they charge HEFTY fees, often more than the points/miles are worth. But take a look and see if there's anything that works for you.
     
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    mattsteg Gold Member

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    Enjoy coach, or find a way to buy up with cash. Alterna

    Even united miles would not offer a reasonable value proposition.
     
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    Flyer1976 Gold Member

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    You need to be in a Y or B fare class to upgrade anyways if you're trying for the Star Alliance Upgrade option.
     
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    daninstl Gold Member

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    Open an account at Points.com to see if there are transfers or trades available. Generally not a good deal. You'd be better off to just buy some miles typically. If you have enough time you could open a credit card to boost your account also.
     
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    Also, as had been mentioned by DIG/R_1K - do make sure that you check on what the required cash and mile outlay would be for an upgrade - I expect the amount would be more than you will prefer to spend. You will need to be on a very expensive (often more than just buying business) fare to qualify. Typically these only make sense if someone else if buying the ticket and requires the flexibility (refundable, no advance purchase, etc.) of the expensive fares, or maybe has a negotiated rate in a high "fare bucket".

    If you purchased the ticket for a reasonable price, it's probably not possible to upgrade without a lot of money out of pocket.
     
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  7. B1BomberVB

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    If it is possible to upgrade at all, after Mattsteg's & DIG's warnings, your best bet is to find a friend who has UA miles & needs to fly AA or its partners. Then you book a ticket(s) for him with your miles. But even this is risky, because the AA award police are on the hunt for people who sell or barter miles & it looks like your Milepoint handle might be your real name!
     
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