YXDfan From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7335 times:
I'm flying transatlantic for the very first time on Saturday night (BA84 YVR-LHR). Being a rather tall fellow, i'm not sure how cozy a Y-class seat will be for a 9 hour flight. Any tips on how to score an upgrade with BA?
Lan1981 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7315 times:
99% chance of no upgrade; the airline will only upgrade commercial passengers if there is a business need i.e. overbooking, denied boarding compensation etc - even in those cases, only those tagged as SFUs (suitable for upgrade) will usually be considered - these pax are usually top-tier members of BA's FFP, or of a Oneworld FFP, or other full-fare pax.
The only other way is to pay an upgrade fare at the airport...sorry.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6256 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7180 times:
Quoting Zeke (Reply 2): Quoting YXDfan (Thread starter):
Any tips on how to score an upgrade with BA?
Pay for a J or F ticket seems to work.
Always a sure fire way to a good seat.
I don't know about BA, but most airlines don't just give away upgrades to anybody. I will occasionally get a an upgrade on NW, but never (well once) out of DTW). I travel between DTW and STL a lot and I have gotten to know several of the STL employees over the years. Sometimes they will upgrade me because I am a regular customer, they see me monthly, and I always ask. I never expect it, but it always a nice surprise.
I always like to get an exit row, for the leg room. Maybe that would be easier to get.