Congratulations, you have just found a really good deal on an international ticket. Now that it is booked, you are contemplating ten hours in the air, sitting in a cramped coach seat and wondering, “Is there any way that I can use my miles for an upgrade?”
How to upgrade an international coach ticket
Most of the major airlines do allow you to upgrade their international coach ticket with miles, but there are restrictions. First, they will not allow you to upgrade their lowest fares, so if you bought your ticket on-sale, there is probably nothing that you can do.
If you paid more than the lowest fare, perhaps for last minute travel, then you might have the opportunity to upgrade. Even then, most airlines are going to charge you a substantial amount of miles, and perhaps even a cash component. [click to continue…]