James Rosenberg said:
No. I don't know of any FF programs that allow you to upgrade a coach award ticket, other than to trade it in for a business class or first award and spend the extra miles, which it appears you don't have.
Does anyone know how to get bumped up?
The best way is to buy a coach ticket and use your miles for the upgrade instead of the basic ticket. However, check the airline's FF rules for upgrade awards. Depending on the particular airline, you might have to buy a coach ticket at a cost higher than the lowest fare available and/or have elite status to upgrade for the least number of FF miles.
So-called "op-ups" or operational upgrades are usually offered only when the flight is oversold in coach and there is available space in business or first. Normally those upgrades go to those holding high elite status in the airline's FF program or those holding full fare tickets. Even then, such operational upgrades are rare.
The other way to get upgraded is to fly a lot! Earn high elite status in the airline's FF program and use the various upgrade certificates you earn (or pay for the upgrade certificates) to upgrade coach tickets that you buy.
How about an upgrade using ff points-are there any tricks here?
Bottom line: Unless you buy a coach ticket and either have status or use FF miles to upgrade, your chances of getting an upgrade are almost nonexistent.