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BA ticket - how to upgrade on an AA A321 Transcon from J to F

Old Apr 7, 19, 6:49 am
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Originally Posted by lavar56 View Post
Iím on a 125 ticket and in booking class J but not seen any Avios upgrade availability - is it still A for Avios upgrades?
on BA flights itís Z class which is the reward/upgrade bucket in F. A class is only relevant for using jokers or TA bookings using a GUF.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Just to clarify this, you can only UuA where you have a BA 125-... ticket. If you have an AA flight on the booking you can UuA it but only if the AA flight is in the following selling classes J, C, D, W, Y - which is obviously quite restrictive!
When searching for upgrade availability to UUA a 125 ticket in this situation Iíve been doing a Ďstandard Avios searchí on BA.com. Is this the right place to check availability?
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Old Apr 7, 19, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by lavar56 View Post
When searching for upgrade availability to UUA a 125 ticket in this situation Iíve been doing a Ďstandard Avios searchí on BA.com. Is this the right place to check availability?
Yes thatís right. The bucket for UuAs is the same as for standard rewards so just continue doing dummy reward bookings for your flight and if a reward seat shows call to do the UuA.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by lavar56 View Post
Iím on a 125 ticket and in booking class J but not seen any Avios upgrade availability - is it still A for Avios upgrades?
If it is an AA flight that you're looking to upgrade, then yes.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by lavar56 View Post


When searching for upgrade availability to UUA a 125 ticket in this situation Iíve been doing a Ďstandard Avios searchí on BA.com. Is this the right place to check availability?
Not for AA flights. AA uses C for business class (domestic first) upgrades and A for first class upgrades on 3 cabins services. Searching for reward availability on ba.com will show U and Z availability only, which will be of no use for you.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 7:33 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post


Yes thatís right. The bucket for UuAs is the same as for standard rewards so just continue doing dummy reward bookings for your flight and if a reward seat shows call to do the UuA.
This only applies to BA flights KARFA. lavar56 wants to upgrade an AA flight.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 7:38 am
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I managed to get an Avios ticket for the transcon F from SFO to JFK this August. Was quite a lot of Avios I think 50,000 of top of my head but the tax was only $4 and I was just curious to try it out more than anything.

I did book book this ticket at like t-300 or something 😂
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Old Apr 7, 19, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by Nicc HK View Post
As a regular on the JFK-LAX route, here is my take:

2. They will upgrade from J to F but because the upgrade list is based on AA EQDs and Transcons are heavy with AA EXPs the chances of non-AA elites getting an upgrade to first is probably low. I would not be surprised if the route is popular with AA EXPs looking to cash in their SWUs as well.
3. As the EQD list is dynamic the upgrade list can be pretty fluid almost up to departure. The Transcons also have a lot of flexible travellers. It is frustrating to see 4 empty seats, be number 4 on the upgrade list 20 minutes before departure and then a higher EQD person comes along............
Just to clarify.
As Andriyko pointed out, for "AA ticket" J to F transcon upgrade, LAX-JFK (or SFO-JFK and vice versa) is probably one of the easiest route for upgrade for AA elites or not, due to A bucket is used for upgrade, but you will need to use either AA miles or SWU. There is NO complimentary upgrade for J to F transcon. Not many ppl will be on J to F "airport upgrade list", because either they got upgraded prior to airport or F cabin is full (which is not rare). As long as there is 1 F seat for sale, AA typically will release the last "A seat" couple hours or even days before flight.
Note, Y to J upgrade and Z reward are completely different stories. Those are hard to come by...

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Old Apr 7, 19, 2:55 pm
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Honestly wouldn't bother, the F seat is basically the J seat without a neighbour. And the 321 is terrible in that airspace anyway - it'll feel every bump magnified.
Sorry to sound like Eyore.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:01 pm
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FWIW I'm going to join in with the "not really worth it" crowd, at least for the red eye. I've now flown twice SFO->JFK and both times had a broken seat (one time didn't fully recline, one time some weird gap between the two "halves" of the flat seat), both times mentioned it to the crew and both times they've said the seats in J break less frequently. I dislike people being next to me but dislike the seat being broken more.

On the other hand if flying JFK to SFO you do at least get a decent meal in JFK (SFO has no useful lounge to speak of).
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