Many airlines offer last minute upgrades as an auction / bidding system, and some offer them on sale at check in, or on the app.
Below I made a list of 37 airlines (in alphabetical order) with their paid upgrade policies, and links to how to either check if you're eligible, bid, or see an explanation of the rules.
Most of these airlines are using the same system for upgrade bidding, but all with slightly different terms.
First, I'll explain a little bit about the differences of the upgrade bids that airlines generally have, and the other variations for paid...Read more
Continuing my reborn "cheapest miles" series is the cheapest miles to Hawaii post where I'll list all the best airline miles deals to Hawaii, and break down some of the best options.
There are tons of great Hawaii deals! There are 11,500 mile flights to Hawaii from the majority of the country, 27,500 business class awards (if you're willing to get a BOA card), and technically 22,500 mile business class flights on Korean.Read more
Copa Airlines has a tight relationship with United (partnership? part ownership?) and has cloned a lot of United's program, like its award chart.
I realized that Copa upgrades work on United airlines, which made me look into the rewards program further.
With 6 global upgrades and 6 regional upgrades that work on United (as well as complimentary upgrades on Copa), the Copa PreferProgram becomes an interesting choice for status-chasers in the US.
The other benefit of Copa's status over United, is that it doesn't require $15,000 in spend to get the global upgrades. And, it requires less miles to get...Read more
Redone: June 3, 2019
As someone obsessed with free things and food, you'd think I'd love all-inclusives that are bookable with points...
I've become disgruntled by the hit-miss experience (mostly miss). In fact it's my love of food that has me avoiding cheap all-inclusives at all cost. I can't last two meals at most all-inclusives.Read more