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My mom has flown from Taiwan to the US once in her life: for my graduation. I’m now pregnant and would like to upgrade my moms flight when she comes to the US for my baby’s birth. What are some ways I can upgrade her flight for a steal? I’m United silver status so would prefer United, but open to other airlines. Currently not enough points so what’s the best way? Is it to purchase points (United? Chase?)? I’m clueless at this and would appreciate any help, thanks!

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If she’s flying United before 1/31/22 and is on an upgrade eligible fare, I can apply points plus to her res. My points expire at the end of Jan.


G1 that's so nice. I'm sure you already know this but if possible and it's not any extra points over what you already had in mind, please get her mom first on ANA or EVA or something over UA

See if you can buy or ask for PlusPoints on here or FlyerTalk etc


Ok thank you!!!

Do you have credit card points?


Check united miles for it and check about swapping csr points for united miles. Sometimes you can get better redemption transferring then using

I used to use Amex points to upgrade eva flights all the time via Aeroplan. But availability for upgrades are pretty impossible right now since there are fewer flights between US and Taiwan

I would seek out someone willing to sell a global upgrade certificate and have them apply it to your moms flight. Probably can get one for like $400 off someone

GPU doesn't exist anymore- it's now PlusPoints


Buy an upgradable seat and then wait. If the flight has availability, the cost to adjust her seat once booked could be significant less than an upgrade or the cost of a Polaris seat.

Last time I asked for the Paid Upgrade at the gate and was told $3k 🤣 even the GA laughed since biz only had 2 passengers. But cheaper option does happen tho lol

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