Sunday, January 12, 2014

Case of LH Miles > UA Miles

I am traveling to my cousin's wedding in September on K class in UA. One thing I was looking at was upgrade awards. Here is the UA upgrade chart for domestic travel:

Upgrade amounts shown are one way unless otherwise noted.
Award MilesFare TypeSpecial Conditions
15,000J, C, D
15,000Z, P$75 co-pay required (waived for Premier members)
7,500Y
10,000B
15,000M, E, U, H, Q$75 co-pay required (waived for Premier members)
17,500V, W$75 co-pay required (waived for Premier members)
20,000S, T, K, L, G, N$75 co-pay required (waived for Premier members)

Well, for my K class ticket, it is 40k + 150$ to upgrade, ouch. However, the Lufthansa chart is much nicer, as they only delineate classes Y,B at 10k LH miles for a Star Alliance upgrade and other classes at 15k each way, meaning it would be a 30k upgrade with no co pay.

http://www.miles-and-more.com/mediapool/pdf/93/media_337500993.pdf