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Q: I want to upgrade a plane ticket to business class. I know how to do this under normal circumstances, but I want to do this with my air miles. Is the process different?
A: If you want to upgrade your airline ticket from coach to business class, you need to take a slightly different approach than you normally would for redeeming your points. Rather than redeem them for free tickets, instead inquire as to how many points are necessary for a business class ticket. Once you have that information, you can determine if you want to use extra points to purchase the ticket, or if you are willing to put a little money with the points for the purpose of purchasing a business class ticket.
There is also something you should remember about business class seats. They can fill up rather fast, so if you are planning on trying for an upgrade, start early. Don’t wait until the last minute, when seats are full and you can’t be helped.
If you do decide to use as many points as you need, keep in mind that once the points are gone, they’re gone until you can rebuild them. If you are using a business credit card, and you are limited as to the number of points you can use for a single transaction, you may need to obtain permission before using any more points.
If you do a points/cash upgrade, keep your receipts pertaining to the cash portion of the transaction. You may be able to get reimbursement from your company or deduct a portion from your income taxes.