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LAX 1K Nov 21, 01 7:15 pm

Best Use of Systemwide 1K Upgrades for Domestic Traveler
 
Ok, the year is coming to a close.. and there are 3 1/2 months left of validity of my systemwide upgrades. Again, I failed to fly to Hawaii or Internationally and use them. I still have tons of North American Upgrades (well 7).. and 6 Systemwides...

Besides asking me to give them to you, what is the best use of these 6 upgrades between now and February. I know I may have one Costa Rica trip (RT) so that would be 2.. but I would hate to waste the other 4 on a LAX-SEA or LAX-ORD flight.. any ideas??

tvl4free Nov 21, 01 7:23 pm

How about a 'winter escape' skiing in Colorado? DEN-COS RT would use up two! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

skofarrell Nov 21, 01 7:25 pm

Sell them for $350 each on ebay

(Just kidding)

Droneklax Nov 21, 01 7:26 pm

Isn't a NA upgrade equivalent to a systemwide if you use it domestically (expect HI) ?

So I'd say there is really no way to "maximize" your systemwides if you aren't travelling internationally.

I have a need for a few systemwides myself but since you did not want us to ask..... http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/wink.gif

[This message has been edited by Droneklax (edited 11-21-2001).]

skofarrell Nov 21, 01 7:26 pm

Give them to family, friends, or co-workers who are making long trips...

FlyingRev Nov 21, 01 7:31 pm

You could donate them to a charity organization or a church which does Missions Work.

Another thing you could do is trade someone a few of your SWU which expire in March 2002 for some which expire in 2003.

Just a thought. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

767-322ETOPS Nov 21, 01 7:52 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by skofarrell:
Sell them for $350 each on ebay
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No, no, no. You sell a white envelope on eBay and throw in the SWU's for free! And not that I was checking or anything, but it looks like they are currently selling these envelopes for around $170-200.

(I'm just kidding, too).


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Droneklax Nov 21, 01 8:21 pm

Make someone's day. Just walk into a line at the airport and upgrade a perfect stranger to Singapore or Paris.

Punki Nov 21, 01 8:28 pm

When we flew to Paris a couple of weeks ago, they did not collect any SWUs on the way out so, on the way back we still had 4 SWUs that were expiring 11/30 and only three of us flying.

We met a lovely gentleman (with a lovely topcoat) in the train station in Paris. When we started chatting, we discovered that he was on our flight and used the 4th almost expiring SWU to upgrad him. It was I am sure as fun for me as it was for him.

MatthewClement Nov 22, 01 1:30 am

You could visit our very own coupon connection. For internationally-based 1Ks, SWUs are very valuable but HK49s are worthless. I'd certainly be willing to offer a very favourable exchange rate, as I'm sure would other internationally-based 1Ks.


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skofarrell Nov 22, 01 1:45 am


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Droneklax:
Make someone's day. Just walk into a line at the airport and upgrade a perfect stranger to Singapore or Paris.</font>
A really good looking "perfect" stranger? http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif


[This message has been edited by skofarrell (edited 11-22-2001).]

Droneklax Nov 22, 01 2:39 am

skofarrell, think about it: what a way to start a beautiful friendship http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/wink.gif

anthonyanthony Nov 22, 01 6:14 am

I would second MatthewClement's suggestion.

Go to the Coupon Connection here on Flyertalk, and trade your nearly expiring SWUs for a number of HK49 with far-off expirationg dates.

Since SWUs are more valuable than HK49s, you can wind up with more domestic upgrades than you had before.

I think you would get more satisfaction out making a trade with another FlyerTalker than you would if you simply gave them away.

RichardMEL Nov 22, 01 8:19 pm


<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Droneklax:
skofarrell, think about it: what a way to start a beautiful friendship http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/wink.gif</font>
Note to self: take extra SWU on next trip http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/wink.gif

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Dawoz Nov 22, 01 10:25 pm

Sell them on ebay using the "Auctions for America" feature.

Everyone wins... I think you might even be able to wright them off? Any tax people here to expand on that?

[This message has been edited by Dawoz (edited 11-24-2001).]


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