Miles Upgrade...Smart? Dumb? or What we're you thinking?

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Am I an idiot?

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  1. dbldwn02

    dbldwn02 New Member

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    Long time reader...first time poster. I'm in the military and travel a couple times a year. I finally made it to Gold for the first time ever. I've upgraded my reservation from COS to Guam using 17.5k miles +$75. (See attachment) I'm waitlisted on two of the three legs. Do you think I have any chance at getting Biz/1st on the LAX-NRT leg? I've always wanted to fly 1st/Biz in the 787. It's a beautiful plane and I usually go out of my way to fly it when possible. There's about 15-20 open seats right now. I know it's a gamble but I hardly use any of my miles and I hate hoarding them. At a minimum I get a 1st class flight to LAX in an RJ....whoopie!!! :-|

    Stupid newb move? Opinions?

    And no...it's not actually an 18 hour flight to Guam from Japan. United CS can't explain what happened there. Lol.
     

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    snod08 Gold Member

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    ETA - See my post below on this thread about the upgrade fees
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    The original text here (in red) is not correct....as I see you only used 17500 miles and 75$ for the upgrade. That is the cost for a North America upgrade on a V-fare.
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    if you only clear the COS-LAX segment and nothing else, then UA will return the miles and money to you.
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  3. dbldwn02

    dbldwn02 New Member

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    Really??? Nice! So even if I don't make it into first for the remaining two legs I'll at least have a free first class flight to LAX? I like my odds.
     
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    satman40 Gold Member

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    :DTo me it is worth it, but then my bones are 75 years old...
     
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    Ok, I saw you are paying 17,500 miles plus 75$....that sounds like the wait list is only for the COS-LAX flight.

    It is not the correct amount for the NRT/GUM flights.
     
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    Interesting that UA is seemingly allowing you to waitlist the whole itinerary for a lower rate of miles and dollars.
    Could be a website glitch.

    Perhaps you are the smart one here!
     
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    Military Discount...?...

    Cash, is best spent, in later life, if not it will be spent by the wife.....
     
  9. Pizzaman
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    I agree with Seth that cash components suck. But, I think I like the pointy end of the plane more than him (or hate coach more, same thing). If you're comfortable with the price, go for it. The 787 is a great plane and you'll like the Biz seats.
     
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    I agree. Whether to use miles to upgrade tends to be a personal decision based on a number of factors, like the number of miles you have and the value to you of the alternate uses to which they could be put. Like satman40 I'm getting to the point where comfort is a higher priority (those things happen when you start getting joint replacement surgery).
     
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    No joint replacement for me. Just a healthy dose of primadonna disease.
     
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    It's a smart move, except when you're eligible for upgrades, use your miles and find there are empty seats up front !!!!

    DTWBOB
     
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    Either....

    You only upgraded the domestic segment, in which case you seriously overpaid in miles.

    Or you were on a Y/B fare, UA.bomb underpriced the miles component, and you might get a refund if the int'l upgrades don't clear. Which would be a win.

    Or you were in some other fare class, UA.bomb seriously underpriced both $$$ and miles, and you might get a refund if the int'l upgrades don't clear. Which would be a win.

    What fare class was the original ticket booked into?
     

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