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Upgrade confirmed

I got an email from United this morning indicating that my first class upgrade on my flight to L.A. on Thursday morning was confirmed. Usually, I don’t have to wait until the last minute because I use miles, but this time, I used some of the upgrade credits I get for being a frequent flier, and with Premier status, you don’t find out if you got your upgrade until 48 hours within your flight time.


I received word this morning that my flight from Dulles to Munich, Germany on July 2 (on my way to Venice to begin my big summer vacation) was confirmed for the upgrade I requested! That’s good news because the flight is just over 8 hours long and I did not want to be couped up in coach for 8 hours.

The aircraft is a 777 which means there are 3 classes, so my upgrade got me into Business Class. But my experience has been that Business Class ona 3-class airplane is much better than First Class on a two-class airplane. In any event, it means better food, better seats, more leg room, more space to stretch out and sleep and it only cost me 30,000 frequent flyer miles, which I had more than enough of anyway.

My whole vacation has been planned so as to be “first class” and now my first ever international flight will be (almost) first class as well.

First class on Acela

I’m heading up to NYC in two weeks and I was going to use some of my accumulated Amtrak miles to get a free Acela trip. I have enough miles for that. I saw that a First Class trip on Acela is 10,500 miles. I thought, hey maybe I’ll do that. So I checked my account.

I have 10,498 miles.

Go figure.