7 Responses

  1. Carl
    Carl at |

    It certainly is becoming much more attractive to book discounted business class, especially since there tends to be much more availability for discounted business class then for either upgrades or “saver” level bis seats. Plus you earn EQMs. It does get harder to find good times to use the miles.

  2. Carl
    Carl at |

    PS: I find it hard to find international flights where you can confirm an upgrade at the time of ticketing. The certainty of a confirmed biz class seat is an added benefit vs. waiting for an upgrade to clear at the gate.

  3. ptahcha
    ptahcha at |

    I guess the analysis depends on the route, and what you value. 25,000 = only coach, while cheapest domestic fare + 20,000 miles = first/business class. For example, roundtrip JFK-SFO can be had for $350 or so in coach, while discounted business is around $2,000 for premium service flight. I rather use miles for a chance to upgrade than shelling out extra $1,650.

  4. Darren
    Darren at |

    A lot of “inexperienced” mileage redeemers still find value in their minds for the miles+copay route… especially to Hawaii (as was the case for friends of mine). Agreed, though, that straight redemption is the way to go.

  5. ToddCo
    ToddCo at |

    Frustrating but I completely agree. It’s just not worth it for upgrades these days. With that said, I just took a 5-month trip from the US to Hong Kong and back through Narita, free on air miles, so I’m a big fan of the concept. More about my trip through 15 countries on Visit50.com. Thank you Onepass! Nice post. -ToddCo

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