WTP to CW upgrade with Avios

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Old Apr 21, 12, 12:04 pm
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WTP to CW upgrade with Avios

Flying to Chicago in 10 days or so in WTP and am keen to upgrade to CW with Avios.

At the moment, if I look at my booking in the BA iPhone app, I am offered an upgrade at an eye watering 2,500 each way!

In the web app, if I try to upgrade with Avios I get an error message..

In the past I have been successful by calling BA CS a few days before travel but I am keen to know when the best time is to call, ie how many days before a flight would CW upgrade seats typically be made available.

Any pointers much appreciated..
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Old Apr 21, 12, 12:23 pm
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It's been giving an error message on BA for three days now
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Old Apr 21, 12, 1:19 pm
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I believe that WT+ to CW upgrades using Avios book into the same booking class as straight CW redemption tickets so a good check of UUA availability can be had by attempting a dummy CW redemption booking for the date you're travelling. This is certainly what I've done in the past when scouring for last minute WT+ to CW upgrades - once you see redemption availability then get on the phone to do the upgrade.

Currently there's some CW redemption availability next week on LHR-ORD on 24th, 25th and 26th but nothing at all in the month of May. Of course, that may all change as you get closer to your travel date - good luck.
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Old Apr 21, 12, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by timezonehopper View Post
I believe that WT+ to CW upgrades using Avios book into the same booking class as straight CW redemption tickets so a good check of UUA availability can be had by attempting a dummy CW redemption booking for the date you're travelling. This is certainly what I've done in the past when scouring for last minute WT+ to CW upgrades - once you see redemption availability then get on the phone to do the upgrade.
I absolutely agree with all of this.
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Old Apr 21, 12, 1:45 pm
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Being an old git, have you tried calling BAEC on a telephone?

There is another World out there ... And BA will get connected
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Old Apr 21, 12, 2:13 pm
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Being an old git, have you tried calling BAEC on a telephone?
Personally I'd always check the CW redemption online before making that call - otherwise you're wasting your time.

Just another old git's opinion ...
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Old Apr 21, 12, 2:20 pm
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Personally I'd always check the CW redemption online before making that call - otherwise you're wasting your time.

Just another old git's opinion ...


I hopefully have everything on screen before I call ... But there are cases where BA.com doesn't offer the answer!

Agree the basic principle of pre-checking, of course. If there's no availability, that's it.
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Old Apr 22, 12, 3:34 am
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very useful tips.. thanks chaps

Flying 2 May so hopefully availability soon....
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