Old Aug 22, 19, 2:27 pm
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craigthemif
 
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Originally Posted by zap7 View Post
While it is usually cheaper to book the Award instead of an upgrade (+ base fare to be upgraded) since the same amount of miles is needed, in some cases I'D choose the upgrade, too:

a.) Y-ticket might already have been issued by employer for corporate travel or been bought for vacation while price was low and no C availability at time of booking but fixed travel Dates

b.) miles for base fare might be needed (e.g. to reach Status), full Award = no miles, upgrade Award = miles for base fare

c.) different classes needed for Award vs. upgrade, so you might be able to upgrade even while no Award is available

d.) taxes + surcharges on some Awards might be more expansive than buying the economy ticket...
This is all true... for me or another member with status or serious interest in miles. But for a random relative?!?! I guess my family is just not that close.
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