Apologies if there is an upgrade master threat - searched and didn't find one. My wife is going away for a girls weekend and flying American. She does not fly often and has no status. As I understand it, my options for upgrading her are: 1. SWU. Seems like a waste on a 2 1/2 hr domestic segment 2. Miles with copay. Because she is on a discounted ticket, it's 30,000 miles roundtrip plus $150. My question is: am I missing anything? I have tons of 500-miles upgrades that I have never needed to use (always fly AAirpass for work) but as I understand it, I can't use those for her unless I am traveling with her. I would be happy to use miles, but the $150 co-pay seems hefty. I thought these fees were waved for EXP but I was told that only the ticketing fee is waved, not the copay. Am I missing anything? Any way to help her without $$$ or SWU?