UuA / Basic Economy Questions

Old Sep 23, 22, 12:27 am
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UuA / Basic Economy Questions

I am travelling in Europe for work. The policy is economy but I would like to upgrade the outbound using Avios (the inbound has no availability.) I will have checked luggage for this trip. To avoid raising any eyebrows, I'd like to book a cash economy ticket and get a receipt and then UuA separately. I would prefer to have the lowest headline price on this receipt.

If I make a dummy booking via the "Book and upgrade" option this gives me Economy Plus for both flights for a total of 207, plus 10500 avios plus 17 extra taxes for the outbound upgrade.

If I make a dummy cash booking choosing Economy Basic for the outbound and Plus for the inbound this gives a total of 185. However - the fare class for the outbound is still N.

Is there any reason I can't book the Basic/Plus combination and then UuA the outbound? As it's still a N class fare I think this should be possible.

If I do this will the extra cash component remain 17 or will this suddenly increase?

I'm fairly certain a basic fare UuA'ed to CE would still have the CE baggage allowance - is this correct?

Thanks for any help!
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Old Sep 23, 22, 1:13 am
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Yes, this is going back a few years, but for some reason UuA when bought straight up are charged against Plus fares, but thereafter you can UuA against Basic too provided it's N or above. So buy the Basic fare online, get the e-ticket, then UuA. If necessary you can call within 24 hours and fix anything without additional charges or even get a full refund.

And it will get the CE baggage allowance.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 2:39 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Yes, this is going back a few years, but for some reason UuA when bought straight up are charged against Plus fares, but thereafter you can UuA against Basic too provided it's N or above. So buy the Basic fare online, get the e-ticket, then UuA. If necessary you can call within 24 hours and fix anything without additional charges or even get a full refund.

And it will get the CE baggage allowance.
I would point out that to fix anything with the 24 hour correction policy you would pay fare and tax difference just change and service fee are waived.

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Old Sep 23, 22, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Yes, this is going back a few years, but for some reason UuA when bought straight up are charged against Plus fares, but thereafter you can UuA against Basic too provided it's N or above. So buy the Basic fare online, get the e-ticket, then UuA. If necessary you can call within 24 hours and fix anything without additional charges or even get a full refund.

And it will get the CE baggage allowance.
Thanks so much for your advice as always CWS! Can confirm I was able to book the basic and then immediately UuA it for the extra Avios + 17 and the CE baggage allowance is now there.
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