Need help with [upgrading] award ticket

Old Jun 30, 14, 5:39 pm
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Need help with [upgrading] award ticket

Hello. I am "new" to American and I have a question about an award ticket. I'm looking at getting a one-way award from DEN to LAS. The website is showing 12.5K miles for this award. I get that part...

Now, American sells these things called 500-mile upgrades for $30 each. So my question is can I order the award ticket for 12.5K and then use 2 500-mile upgrades to bump myself up to 1st? Is this possible?

If so, what are the "mechanics" of this transaction? Will the website allow me to do this at the time that I book the award ticket?

Appreciate any information...thankx, bb
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Old Jun 30, 14, 6:29 pm
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No, this does not work. If you want to upgrade, you will need to spend more miles for an F mileage ticket up front.

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Old Jun 30, 14, 6:34 pm
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To clarify- the 500 mile upgrades only work on purchased tickets and you need status to use them and they are not guaranteed and they would only occur within a few days of travel.

On the other hand you can use miles to get a first class ticket directly.
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