Copa upgrade certificates extended and now work on United flights

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This will be most useful for those who followed Shawn’s advice and requested a status match to Copa’s new ConnectMiles program last September.  I sent Copa a status match request back then and was matched to Platinum status.  Unfortunately, Copa has since suspended their status match program.

Copa Upgrade Certificates

I received an email this morning from Copa announcing that my Copa upgrade certificates have been extended through December 31 2016.  And, even better (for my needs), the certificates can now be used on United Airlines!

Copa upgrade certificates United

Copa Upgrade Certificates Key Terms (found here):

The upgrades are valid on all Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia operated flights. Connect Regional Upgrades will also be available soon on United-operated flights in the following regions: Continental U.S, Mexico, Hawaii, Central America, Alaska, Caribbean, Canada, Oceania – Except (HNL) Honolulu to (GUM) Guam.

Platinum and Presidential Platinum PreferMembers will receive 3 Connect Regional Upgrade Certificates when they qualify for the respective statuses. The certificates will be deposited in your ConnectMiles account as soon as they are earned, and will be valid for one year.

Key Considerations

  • Upgrades are subject to the availability on the upgrade class (Z) and are not necessarily tied to actual capacity of the business class.
  • Upgrades are subject to the availability on the upgrade class (Z) and are not necessarily tied to actual capacity of the business class.
  • Upgrade certificates are valid for one segment; multiple certificates may need to be used to upgrade a complete itinerary.
  • Connect Regional Upgrades are not valid on the following classes on United-operated flights: Z, P, S, T, K, L, G and N.

Other Considerations

  • Upgrades are subject to the availability on the upgrade class (Z) and are not necessarily tied to actual capacity of the business class.
  • The award miles, Prefer qualifying miles, and Prefer qualifying segments earned are based on the fare class of the ticket originally purchased, not the upgraded class. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Terms and conditions and any other information are subject to change without prior notification.
  • Award tickets are not eligible for Connect Regional Upgrades.
  • Connect Regional Upgrades are not valid on the following classes on Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia-operated flights: L and T.
  • Connect Regional Upgrades are not valid on the following classes on United-operated flights: Z, P, S, T, K, L, G and N.
  • Connect Global Upgrades are not valid on the following classes on Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia-operated flights: L and T.
  • Connect Global Upgrades are not valid on the following classes on United-operated flights: Z, P, S, T, K, L, G and N.

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