The miles required for a MileagePlus Upgrade Award are based on where you’re traveling, seat type, fare class and your Premier status. If you’ve booked a ticket in O, Y, or B class, you won’t be charged a co-pay, but most other fare classes will require a co-pay.
Premier members and others who are traveling on a Premier sponsor’s miles are exempt from any co-pay when traveling the following routes:
Compare benefits at each level when you are at the airport
|If you’re traveling between||and||Exceptions|
|Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Co-pay still required on Premium Transcontinental routes|
|Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Hawaii||Co-pay still required when travel includes a nonstop segment between Hawaii and Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, New York/Newark or Washington Dulles|
|Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Mexico||None|
|Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Central America||None|
|Mainland U.S., Alaska and Canada||Caribbean||None|
|Oceania||Oceania||Co-pay still required between Hawaii and Guam|
*Premium transcontinental routes include flights between New York (Newark or John F. Kennedy) and Los Angeles or New York (Newark or John F. Kennedy) and San Francisco.
Miles and co-pay are due at time of request, even if you’re waitlisted, but you’ll be automatically refunded if none of your flights are upgraded. If some segments of your trip were upgraded, but not all, you can review the refund policy in our FAQs