Upgrading a basic economy ticket with miles

Old Aug 21st, 2023, 11:26 AM
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Upgrading a basic economy ticket with miles

Can anyone speak from experience - Is it possible to upgrade an international basic economy ticket using FF miles? (specifically AA and BA from USA to France)
My friend says she upgrades basic economy using miles on domestic flights and that she has colleagues who upgrade from basic to main cabin with miles when flying internationally.
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Old Aug 21st, 2023, 12:16 PM
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Yes it can be done -- but only if one has premium status in the FF program. Just a regular passenger without status -- it isn't possible.
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Old Aug 21st, 2023, 04:03 PM
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Thanks for that info - sounds completely reasonable. I tried to find the information on the airlines' websites, but it was rather vague and maybe that's why.
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I have done it on BA and status hasn’t been an issue. see https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ing-with-avios . I am uk based so it may be different in the USA.
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Oh -- my comment was re AAdvantage/an AA marketed booking. I have no idea about BA Avios (which is a completely different program and has different rules)
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Thank you, especially for the link.
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You are very welcome tallyhotravels.
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