Hello all - Pretty new at this miles, game. I recently (last weekend) booked a crazy deal on United for R/T economy tickets (2) from LAX>SYD. I have flown Economy to India, Greece etc and while I would like to try Busines/First, this current deal was for economy and I used no miles to purchase. The more I have thought about the ~14 hour flight the more I think it would be beneficial to upgrade at least one leg of the journey (heading out, to ensure a decent nights sleep) to business or first. I started with credit card offers and miles less than 6 months ago so I don't know if I even have any options at this point to upgrade with miles and looking for some advice. Current mileage balances: United: 0 Amex SPG: ~64,000 (combined girlfriend and I) Chase Ultimate: ~ 45,000 (only one card holder) Barclays Arrival: 44,000 - (using these to offset the cheap tickets price) I also have ~85,000 AA miles and ~35,000 US Airways miles (saving those up for another SE asia or Europe trip) The SPG transfer rate to United is 2:1 and I don't think I want to take that kind of beating since the SPG points are so hard to come by in the first place. That leaves me with the Chase Ultimate points. I could possibly earn another 45,000 points before the the trip the end of March but would that leave me with enough to upgrade both of us one way? The other luxury perks of first class don't appeal to me as much the lie flat bed and the extra room and peace and quiet. The plane is the United 747-400 if anyone is curious on the arrangement. Any advice is welcome, thanks all.