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Old Aug 20, 13, 12:41 pm   #1
 
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Star Alliance Gold (with Air Canada) Upgrading on United

Hello,

I have a question about how Star Alliance Gold Air Canada members can upgrade on United.

Right now I am a 75k elite, about to become 100k super elite on Air Canada (although a lot of my miles have actually been on United flights).

How do I upgrade when booking a United flight? Does it cost me e-upgrade credits (or $ or miles?) And when do I apply for it?

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

If this question has been asked before, sorry for the clutter, and a link to the answer/thread would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Dan
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Old Aug 20, 13, 1:26 pm   #2
 
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Star Alliance Gold (with Air Canada) Upgrading on United

Welcome to FT!
What you want is a *A upgrade. The only way is to book a full-fare ticket on UA - C/D in business to upgrade to First or Y/B in economy to upgrade to business and use miles. You need to look at the *A award upgrade chart on the Aeroplan site.
Also, you can look at this thread from the AC forum.

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Old Aug 20, 13, 2:58 pm   #3
 
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sorry double post

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Old Aug 20, 13, 3:28 pm   #4
 
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Thanks UA,

Upgrading a fully paid United fare using Air Canada miles does not appear to be an efficient use of miles if I'm understanding it correctly that I need to pay 100% of the miles based on this: http://www3.aeroplan.com/FlightRewardChart.do.

Looks like Economy Plus is the way to go.

Thanks for your help UA.

Dan
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Old Aug 20, 13, 9:15 pm   #5
 
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That's the wrong chart. This is Aeroplan's upgrade chart: https://www3.aeroplan.com/saua/Chart.do

Still not a good use of miles, since discounted Business is often a similar price to full-fare Economy.
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Old Sep 1, 13, 1:28 pm   #6
 
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If E+ is an option you are considering and you travel UA a lot I would highly recommend going with an annual subscription.
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