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Possible to upgrade ET flight on 016 ticket with UA currency?

Old Jul 20, 2023, 2:30 pm
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Possible to upgrade ET flight on 016 ticket with UA currency?

Have a trip to southern Africa (not South Africa) coming up that a clients TA is booking for me.

The best itinerary they're suggesting for the outbound includes an ET operated 777-300 (with a UA code) from IAD-ADD... The "UA metal across the ocean" option means leaving a day earlier and adds an extra stop.

I think plus points are not a thing for an ET operated flight regardless of code, correct? Are there any other ways before I sacrifice an extra day of travel for insanity?
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc
I think plus points are not a thing for an ET operated flight regardless of code, correct?
No PlusPoints on ET-operated flights. If the fare class is high enough, you could use a Star Alliance Upgrade Award, although they can't be waitlisted so you have to keep trying if the upgrade does't go through immediately. https://www.united.com/en/us/fly/mil...de-awards.html

Looks like Y, B, G, and S fares qualify on ET.
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc
... The best itinerary they're suggesting for the outbound includes an ET operated 777-300 (with a UA code) from IAD-ADD... ...
Codeshare are a no go. Try to get that changed pre- or post ticketing.

Bidding option - Bid to Upgrade (ethiopianairlines.com)
but not on 016 / UA ticket stock
You may only submit one Offer per flight which corresponds to the purchased ticket issued on Ethiopian Airlines document number 071,
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA
Codeshare are a no go. Try to get that changed pre- or post ticketing.
Official policy is to convert only for PlusPoint requests on LH/NH, not SAUAs. YMMV, but OP should try to have it resolved pre-ticketing, but that may create problems of its own whether the native ET flight can be plated on 016.
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan
No PlusPoints on ET-operated flights. If the fare class is high enough, you could use a Star Alliance Upgrade Award, although they can't be waitlisted so you have to keep trying if the upgrade does't go through immediately. https://www.united.com/en/us/fly/mil...de-awards.html

Looks like Y, B, G, and S fares qualify on ET.
Thanks [MENTION=8598]jsloan[/MENTION]! Any idea what that cost is (even roughly)? Riding UA across the ocean seems like it may be the safer (for upgrade odds) route
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 3:13 pm
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Thanks [MENTION=8598]jsloan[/MENTION]! Any idea what that cost is (even roughly)? Riding UA across the ocean seems like it may be the safer (for upgrade odds) route
35k Y to J
50k J to C

https://www.united.com/en/us/upgrade-awards
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc
Thanks [MENTION=8598]jsloan[/MENTION]! Any idea what that cost is (even roughly)? Riding UA across the ocean seems like it may be the safer (for upgrade odds) route
It's really difficult to give even a ballpark price, especially considering that you're looking at codeshares, which will put a huge monkey wrench into figuring out fare applicability, but I checked CLE-WDH and got ET fares between $2K and $3K.

(And if you meant the number of miles, yeah, what Lux Flyer said, except I think J to C is supposed to be J to F -- and I don't think ET has an F cabin anyway).
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan
It's really difficult to give even a ballpark price, especially considering that you're looking at codeshares, which will put a huge monkey wrench into figuring out fare applicability, but I checked CLE-WDH and got ET fares between $2K and $3K.

(And if you meant the number of miles, yeah, what Lux Flyer said, except I think J to C is supposed to be J to F -- and I don't think ET has an F cabin anyway).
Perfect, thank you both. Mileage for the UG was what I was curious about.

Indeed having a travel agent/coordinator in the mix complicates things more than I'd like be thems the rules I have to play by for this trip...
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Old Jul 20, 2023, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Lux Flyer
But only if coded as an ET flight. Not possible if UA codeshare
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