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Using United miles on Lufthansa and upgrade implications

Old Jun 13, 13, 10:15 am
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Using United miles on Lufthansa and upgrade implications

I currently am Star Elite Gold with Turkish.
If I use United miles to fly translantic on Lufthansa metal, JFK-FRA in economy, being a Star Elite Gold, do I go on the upgrade list ????
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Old Jun 13, 13, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by diclemeg View Post
I currently am Star Elite Gold with Turkish.
If I use United miles to fly translantic on Lufthansa metal, JFK-FRA in economy, being a Star Elite Gold, do I go on the upgrade list ????
You won't be on the upgrade list. But if, for operational reasons, they need to upgrade passengers, your status will help (though you will be behind LH passengers with equivalent status).
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Old Jun 13, 13, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by diclemeg View Post
I currently am Star Elite Gold with Turkish.
If I use United miles to fly translantic on Lufthansa metal, JFK-FRA in economy, being a Star Elite Gold, do I go on the upgrade list ????
I'm not sure where to start, but here's a shot:
1) LH doesn't give out upgrades on JFK-FRA (or any routes that I'm aware of)
2) I don't know of many airlines that give upgrades on tickets given with miles (with some exceptions such as UA domestic flights if you have the MP Credit Card)
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Old Jun 13, 13, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
You won't be on the upgrade list. But if, for operational reasons, they need to upgrade passengers, your status will help (though you will be behind LH passengers with equivalent status).
But only if he/she changes the FF to Turkish after booking.
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Old Jun 13, 13, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
But only if he/she changes the FF to Turkish after booking.
please elaborate...
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Old Jun 13, 13, 2:12 pm
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LH needs to know you are *G. If you used UA miles to purchase, they may not have a way to see your Turkish status.

You should be able to go into your itinerary on ual.com now and enter your turkish credentials.
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Old Jun 13, 13, 2:13 pm
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You won't be upgraded from X/I/O fare class. This simply will not happen.

Upgradeable fare classes are listed in the M&M T&C.

Also, LH doesn't open upgrade availability until very close to depature, so using other airline miles is problematic since you cannot get on the upgrade waitlist.

Also, you'd need a Y/B/C/D fare class to use other carriers' miles. If you want to upgrade a discount fare, you'll need to use M&M miles.
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Old Jun 13, 13, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by burlax View Post
You won't be upgraded from X/I/O fare class. This simply will not happen.

Upgradeable fare classes are listed in the M&M T&C.

Also, LH doesn't open upgrade availability until very close to depature, so using other airline miles is problematic since you cannot get on the upgrade waitlist.

Also, you'd need a Y/B/C/D fare class to use other carriers' miles. If you want to upgrade a discount fare, you'll need to use M&M miles.
This is all true for prearranged upgrades. But if there is an oversell, anything can happen. Status helps. Though a mileage ticket is pretty low down the ladder!
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Old Jun 13, 13, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
This is all true for prearranged upgrades. But if there is an oversell, anything can happen. Status helps. Though a mileage ticket is pretty low down the ladder!
Happened to my brother LHR-EWR flying to my wedding. My miles (was PresPlat then). Got that op-up.
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Old Jun 13, 13, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
This is all true for prearranged upgrades. But if there is an oversell, anything can happen. Status helps. Though a mileage ticket is pretty low down the ladder!
Two years ago I had a UA saver award ticket on a LH flight ORD-FRA. I got op-up'd to C based on my *G (UA 1K) status.
Op-up is not something one should comptemplate or speculate. When it does happens, be pleasantly surprised.

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