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Old Jan 12, 18, 11:29 pm
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Search for Y/B fares

Apologies if a resource is already available, but I searched through the stickies and cannot find the answer.

I am looking to use up my remaining aeroplan miles, and I am trying to search for "reasonably low cost Y/B fares by any *A airline to anywhere" so I can compile a list destination to consider booking and then upgrade (I had just used most booking for actual tickets already - the remaining portion (90k in one account and 20k in another) looks more economic to aim for upgrades to business.

Searching via the popular online engines such as skyscanner or Adioso only produced limited choices and it's always in deep discount economy fares or business fares... but I am not able to narrow down the search to Y/B fares only.

Appreciate any help from the community. Thanks!
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Old Jan 12, 18, 11:31 pm
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That's because Y/B fares are almost always either comparable or more expensive than cheaper business class fares. Which means typically upgrading using Aeroplan miles is a losing game.

One glaring exception being BR.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 11:58 pm
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Use ITA matrix. /f BC=B
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Old Jan 13, 18, 12:11 am
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I did a reasonably priced Y/B fare on Thai, BKK-LHR a few months back. Reward space for J only opened up on one direction though.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 1:40 am
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Does *A upgrade award book into I class?

Ie. If award seats are bookable, does that mean *A upgrade would clear as well?
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Old Jan 13, 18, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by pentiumvi View Post
Does *A upgrade award book into I class?

Ie. If award seats are bookable, does that mean *A upgrade would clear as well?
yes it does ( or into O class if J to F)
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Old Jan 13, 18, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by pentiumvi View Post
Does *A upgrade award book into I class?

Ie. If award seats are bookable, does that mean *A upgrade would clear as well?
It books "into" I/O the same way AC Latitude upgrades book into R, or AC IKK books into I. Availability is not necessarily dictated by those fare classes.

I have processed SAUA redemptions when the flight was O0 I0.

Another thing to look at is exactly which fare classes are eligible. On LX, I believe it's YBMU, which can drastically lower the price of an upgradable ticket.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
It books "into" I/O the same way AC Latitude upgrades book into R, or AC IKK books into I. Availability is not necessarily dictated by those fare classes.

I have processed SAUA redemptions when the flight was O0 I0.
I don't believe that there is a general rule. Likely depends upon the airline.

Another thing to look at is exactly which fare classes are eligible. On LX, I believe it's YBMU, which can drastically lower the price of an upgradable ticket.
The information is available on the aeroplan web page for each airline.

Other detail: one needs to be booked on the actual flight, i.e. on the operating airline flight number, not codeshare.
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