American Elites Don’t Get Complimentary Upgrades on US Airways Award Flights. You May Be Shocked What They DO Get Charged For.

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

Yes, I know that complimentary upgrades on award tickets is not a benefit of American AAdvantage status.

It’s not a benefit of US Airways status (except for elites who selected this as their ‘special dividend’ award).

And yet I’m actually surprised. What I experienced tells us a lot about the new programming and how US Airways works and treats elite frequent flyers.

See, US Airways aggressively offers to upsell customers to first class. If there’s a first class seat available when you check in, there will be a paid offer to buy that seat.

And the paid offer is ...

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