THE CLUB'S GUIDE TO • December 2019
There are many ways you can make your Avios stretch, but the most exciting one might just be on an upgrade to the next cabin. Whether you fancy a whirl in First or Club World, or just want a quieter, more spacious experience in World Traveller Plus, we tackle the FAQs to help you make the move
Yes! It’s a fantastic way to upgrade your flying experience which, depending on the cabin you choose, can include dedicated check-in areas, access to our global network of lounges and an enhanced meal service.
Most cash bookings can be upgraded with Avios either at the time of booking or later on, depending on availability. Only the lowest economy (World Traveller) fares (Q, O and G) cannot be upgraded with Avios at any time. There must be reward flight availability in the next cabin for you to be able to upgrade to it using Avios. You won’t be able to upgrade with Avios at the airport or on board.
There are several ways to check availability:
An Avios upgrade is always to the next cabin, which can vary depending on the route and airline. For example:
We offer a limited number of reward seats on all our published flights and so they are subject to availability. There must be reward flight availability in the next cabin for you to be able to upgrade to it using Avios.
Yes, you can use your Avios to upgrade on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights.
You can upgrade either at the time of making your initial booking or you can upgrade an existing booking.
We offer the flexibility to upgrade some or all of your eligible flights in your booking, and they can be done at different times.
Companion vouchers are used in conjunction with standard redemptions, so though you cannot upgrade using Avios, you can rebook in to the higher cabin.
The formula goes as follows: the Avios for the cabin you wish to upgrade to, minus the Avios needed for the cabin you make your booking in. This equals the Avios required to upgrade one way.
Here’s an example for a peak one-way upgrade from London to New York, upgrading from premium economy (World Traveller Plus) to business (Club World):
Club World: 60,000 Avios – World Traveller Plus: 40,000 Avios = 20,000 Avios to upgrade
An upgrade with Avios consists of:
The Avios amount required for the upgrade is based on the Avios costs for reward flights in the cabins you are upgrading from and to and will depend on whether your flight is scheduled on a peak or off-peak date.
To upgrade an existing booking:
To upgrade a new flight as you book: