Upgrade to first class. LHR to Miami

Old Aug 21, 09, 1:30 pm
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Upgrade to first class. LHR to Miami

Had a very terse discussion with BA today and the adviser couldn't wait to get me off the phone when it was clear I wasn't booking anything today.

My question is this. I have 44,000 airmiles and want to purchase 6,000 more at a cost of 111 to make the 50,000 in total. I intend to fly from Heathrow to Miami first class. The adviser told me I had to pay 910 plus 40000 airmiles to upgrade to club class but said she couldn't tell me the additional cost to upgrade to First class!

When I go online the website says i have insufficient airmiles as I haven't yet bought the additional 6000 air miles so it won't allow me to access information any further. Can anyone enlighten me please as to the additional cost to ugrade to First class on top of 50000 air miles?
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Old Aug 21, 09, 1:35 pm
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Price up a paid Club ticket for your dates on ba.com, job done.

You cannot upgrade from WT or WT+ to F, only CW to F. Incidentally, the advice you got for a straight LHR-MIA-LHR is wrong (or based on a misunderstanding/some other missing info. here). The 910 GBP (for a WT+ ticket) sounds like it be could about right...40,000 miles sounds very wrong. It's 25,000 return for WT+ to CW between the UK and USA (and if it's what you ultimately want, 50,000 for a return CW to F).

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Old Aug 21, 09, 1:36 pm
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If I understand your question correctly, you can only use miles for upgrade to go to the class above the one you have booked. Therefore you need to buy a Club World seat to upgrade to First. It would be, I believe, 50,000 miles for this.

It hasn't been possible in the past to (say) upgrade from World Traveller to First by using 100,000 miles, and I don't think that this has changed now.....
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Old Aug 21, 09, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by G-BOAC View Post
the advise you got
Where is G-BOAC with his prod when you need him?
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Old Aug 21, 09, 3:06 pm
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Where is G-BOAC with his prod when you need him?
That wasn't the only slip either! I can't see the would for the tree's these days
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Old Aug 21, 09, 3:20 pm
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Something strange happened to my current upgrade expeience: 3 days ago I bought online a YVR-LHR-YVR in CW and I called BAEC center and asked them to upgrade the ticket for me to First class for 50k miles.

They have confirmed me the First class seat for both sectors and charged me about CAD$ 100 for difference in taxes and send me a confirmation e-mail that everything is OK and I checked ba.com and I found everything is going well and confirmed.

However and to my surprise 3 days passed and the 50k miles have not been deducted from my account

Is there's something wrong with the computer system or it is usually taking BAEC more than 3 days to deduct the miles from the account ?

I am quite confused as I have done upgrades in the past and miles were deducted immediatly from my account.
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Old Aug 21, 09, 3:36 pm
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Still a problem.
When I log in and select business/club and then select upgrade, the system will not give me a price for the upgrade because of the shortfall in my airmiles.
It looks as if I have to purchase the additional 6,000 miles before I am told what the upgrade will cost. It may be considerably more than the 900 from premium economy to club or it might not. There is no way of telling from the system.
So if I pay 111 for the 6000 miles and am then told it will be 1,500 cash for the upgrade, I would not want to pay that amount.
I just wondered if anyone had used their 50000 airmiles plus cash upgrade for the same flight and could give me an indication of the cost.
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Old Aug 21, 09, 3:40 pm
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Your question is not very clear. As mentioned you can only upgrade wiht miles from CW to F (only one class up). What ticket do you currently hold?
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Old Aug 21, 09, 4:01 pm
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I don't currently hold any ticket.
I am trying to book and upgrade using airmiles and cash at the same time.
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Old Aug 21, 09, 4:05 pm
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Originally Posted by trophy View Post
Still a problem.
When I log in and select business/club and then select upgrade, the system will not give me a price for the upgrade because of the shortfall in my airmiles.
It looks as if I have to purchase the additional 6,000 miles before I am told what the upgrade will cost. It may be considerably more than the 900 from premium economy to club or it might not. There is no way of telling from the system.
So if I pay 111 for the 6000 miles and am then told it will be 1,500 cash for the upgrade, I would not want to pay that amount.
I just wondered if anyone had used their 50000 airmiles plus cash upgrade for the same flight and could give me an indication of the cost.
If I understand you correctly (and it's not very clear from your OP) you are trying to MFU from a paid CW ticket to F. If this is the case you need first to check there is space available for the upgrade. As you don't have enough miles you will also need to check with BA (by phoning them) as to how much this will be on top of the 50,000 miles required.

The price of approx. 900 is the price of the WT+ fare to MIA, CW usually prices at least 1,500. You need 25,000 miles to upgrade from WT+ to CW on top of that 900. You'll need 50,000 miles to upgrade from CW to F, plus the fare of approx. 1,500. It sounds like the agent was trying to do an upgrade from WT+ to CW not F.
You'll only be able to upgrade to F if you purchase a CW fare, you can't ugrade two cabins.

I think you should call them again.
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Old Aug 21, 09, 4:08 pm
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if you want to fly in First, then you need to price up a CW ticket. That will be the cash element, plus 50k points for a return, to upgrade to First

If you want to fly in CW then price up a WT+ ticket, and that will be your cash cost. You then need 25k points to upgrade to CW.

You can only upgrade once class as others said.

First make it clear to us, which class you want to fly in. First post says you want to fly First, the second says CW. We're confused too
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Old Aug 21, 09, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by trophy View Post
Still a problem.
Yes, you didn't read my post properly...

Originally Posted by trophy View Post
When I log in and select business/club and then select upgrade
Read my post again...
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Old Aug 21, 09, 8:01 pm
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As you don't have enough miles you will also need to check with BA (by phoning them) as to how much this will be on top of the 50,000 miles required.
Since the OP has more than 25K, (s)he should be able to check availability by doing a dummy search for book an upgrade outbound and another for book and upgrade inbound.
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Old Aug 22, 09, 2:03 am
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I have sobered up now.
To clarify.

I am trying to get a price for travelling 1st class from Heathrow to Miami using BA airmiles and the rest by cash. I know I need 50000 airmiles for this and need to purchase another 6000.

Dummy Run
When I select club and upgrade inbound and outbound the system says that as I do not have sufficient airmiles it will not proceed to give me a price for first class and tells me to buy the airmiles first.

Dilemma.
I buy the 6000 airmiles and find that the additional cash price is too expensive
(I only gave 1500 as likely figure but it may be more bearing in mind the fare is 6000). If the cash cost is too expensive, then I have bought the 6000 airmiles for nothing.

Question.
Has anyone done a similar thing and so is able to tell me the additional cash price on top of the 50000 airmiles?
I hope this is clearer and apologise for the confusion (and I write Law Essays for a living!!).
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