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Under discussion : points-based upgrade option offered across all OW carrier ?

Under discussion : points-based upgrade option offered across all OW carrier ?

Old Dec 3, 19, 5:58 pm
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Under discussion : points-based upgrade option offered across all OW carrier ?

Could prove quite a game-changer and undoubtedly something to be welcomed by many BAEC account holders.

As reported by Executive Traveller - and based on official confirmation from OneWorld - an arrangement is currently being considered under which any Oneworld airline's frequent flyer points could be used for an upgrade on any other alliance member.

No fine details as yet, but a little more info here ..........

https://www.executivetraveller.com/n...ember-airlines
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Old Dec 4, 19, 2:40 am
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I would just be happy if I could upgrade using Avios (or at all) on tickets booked by my (mandatory) corporate travel agent.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 3:03 am
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Originally Posted by WLX View Post
I would just be happy if I could upgrade using Avios (or at all) on tickets booked by my (mandatory) corporate travel agent.
You can generally do UuAs on TA bookings, I think that changed around 2016. Is there some reason your bookings canít be?
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Old Dec 4, 19, 3:28 am
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I don't know the 'official' answer but my experience has been hit and miss upgrading corp TA bookings. It doesn't just seem to be reward availability either. Could be it "should" always work but BA's site just doesn't play nicely, expect others can confirm that!
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Old Dec 4, 19, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
You can generally do UuAs on TA bookings, I think that changed around 2016. Is there some reason your bookings can’t be?
Is it still the case that the ticket has to be issued in the country of your BAEC residence? That was always the problem when I used to try. Thinking about it I gave up trying years ago so maybe it's not a constraint any more.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by drwook View Post
I don't know the 'official' answer but my experience has been hit and miss upgrading corp TA bookings. It doesn't just seem to be reward availability either. Could be it "should" always work but BA's site just doesn't play nicely, expect others can confirm that!
Tbh the website MMB function to do UuA is flaky so often it wonít work. Probably better just to call BA to do it.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 3:32 am
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Originally Posted by windowontheAside View Post
Is it still the case that the ticket has to be issued in the country of your BAEC residence? That was always the problem when I used to try. Thinking about it I gave up trying years ago so maybe it's not a constraint any more.
I am not sure on this point. I think it used to be an issue but as you say it may have been relaxed now.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:04 am
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Now will this work with GUFs?
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:40 am
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Originally Posted by subject2load View Post
Could prove quite a game-changer and undoubtedly something to be welcomed by many BAEC account holders.
...Until they realise that it means that AA members flooded with promo miles from every possible random shop or credit card would be getting all of our award and upgrade space...
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:41 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
Now will this work with GUFs?
If so, it would work with AA SWUs, again not a game baec members would win...
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by subject2load View Post
Could prove quite a game-changer and undoubtedly something to be welcomed by many BAEC account holders.
Reasonably priced upgrades from most fares including deep discounted economy would be a significant change. OTOH, it won't be such a "game changer" if what happens is expensive upgrades in terms of points from only a small band of expensive fares (such as full flex fares only)
I would be inclined to think that the latter is far, far more likely than the former and I would estimate the likelihood of this turning into a damp squib at approx 98%, if it happens at all.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 4:57 am
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Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
If so, it would work with AA SWUs, again not a game baec members would win...
I hadn't thought of that... You're probably right!
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Old Dec 4, 19, 5:08 am
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Think they should keep it simple and people just allowed to use their miles to upgrade and forget about anything else like SWUs, 2-4-1 etc etc etc

How would AA pay BA for example if some one used an AA upgade voucher?
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Old Dec 4, 19, 5:35 am
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With the already scarce upgrade space on BA, I'm not sure I'd welcome this being opened up to other OW members and their points.
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Old Dec 4, 19, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by manord View Post
With the already scarce upgrade space on BA, I'm not sure I'd welcome this being opened up to other OW members and their points.
A very valid concern !

In principle, the idea of buying a Y class ticket for, say, a CX, QR, or JL flight, and then being able to upgrade to a J seat with Avios would be very attractive to many BAEC members. Currently that’s just not possible at all and so the OW proposals as reported are of interest. But the practicalities, space availability, and T & C’s are of course what will ultimately determine just how beneficial such a policy change might be.
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