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How To Get A Free Upgrade On KLM?  
User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm flying from MAN-AMS-LIMA on Sat.
Whats the best way of trying to get a free upgrade on the AMS-LIM flight?
Do you need to know people?


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I woulda said "get out your credit card" but you want it for free.

Get out someone elses credit card?  Wink


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4722 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Complimentary upgrade at KL? I hope you know people or the flight is oversold.


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User currently offlinePRGDLGUY From Czech Republic, joined Sep 2006, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

..or you must be well known VIP person....but in this case you probably will fly in F  Smile

User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4722 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting PRGDLGUY (Reply 3):
but in this case you probably will fly in F Smile

not on KL  Wink



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Manc (Thread starter):
How To Get A Free Upgrade On KLM?

If you were on BA I'm sure they would be happy to help, but that's really the ultimate upgrade!

Pax Died On Ba Flight (by Max777geek Mar 18 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Otherwise, unless you are an Elite Member of Skyteam, why do you feel you are entitled to an upgrade for free?


User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2915 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 2):
or the flight is oversold.

That's the only way I ever got an upgrade. Economy was full, they had one Biz seat left over, so then that seat was mine. Must say it was every bit as cramped as their economy seats (but then, this was on a 737 flight within Europe).

They gave me a newspaper in which I read that the Helios 737 had crashed...



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User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

No ones entitled to an upgrade, I know it happens, just trying to see if its possible, if its not then fair enough, I'll enjoy my seat in the back!


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User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Manc (Reply 7):
No ones entitled to an upgrade, I know it happens, just trying to see if its possible, if its not then fair enough, I'll enjoy my seat in the back!

When you are not a SkyTeam Elite member I reckon you chances are very, very slim.
The flight AMS-LIM on Saturday shows availability in both Y and C so I guess there is no reason to upgrade you.
LIM is now served with the 772 ISO the old M11, so you will have PTV in Y. You can check-in online and select your favorite seat, or when you have a PNR you can call KLM and kindly ask them to pre-select a seat on the AMS-LIM sector.
This way your flight to South America should be comfortable and enjoyable even in Y.

You can find a seatmap of the KL 772 on http://www.klm.com/travel/nl_nl/trav..._board/seating_plans/777-200ER.htm and http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/KLM/KLM_Boeing_777-200.php

Enjoy your flight on KLM and your stay in Peru.


User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

PHKLM,

Thanks for your helpful reply. I've got my PNR so I'll try and get seats 10-13 I think so I can try get a photo looking back into the engines.



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User currently offlineScottieDog From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

From what I can recall KLM have a policy of not offering upgrades - unless THEY have to.

I have worked in the aviation industry all my life and have never been offered an upgrade on KLM.

Definitely pre-book your seats in both directions. My daughter flew MAN/AMS/YVR at the beginning of this month and the flight transatlantic flight was 12 overbooked. Guess what - she and her husband were off-loaded. Apparently this is quite common on KLM. Regrettably they had not pre-allocated their own seats and so were dumped. Okay they were financially reimbursed, but it still gave them a bad start to their holiday.

One tip if you are hoping an upgrade - dress smartly (avoid jeans and t-shirt) and be polite. Possibly say that if the flight is overbooked in economy that you would be happy to be considered for an upgrade!!

Have a good flight in any case.

Scottiedog


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

There actually is a really effective way of getting upgrades -- my friend (who is willing to get a bit more drastic than I) has done it a few times with great success.

THere are a few steps:

1) shave your hair fairly short, then shave into it the KLM logo with the crown
2) paint the rest of your face orange (the Dutch national color)
3) paint your left arm blue
4) paint your chest white
5) paint your left arm red
6) wear shorts
7) paint your legs KLM light blue.

Okay, maybe it wouldn't work, but it'd be funny to see you try that  Smile  Smile

Steve


User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

when i was an elite with sky team, i would say KLM and Continental are the hardest ones to get an upgrade with. Northwest, if you know the peopl, and there is a seat avaiable, then it will happen.
with united, they offer upgrades like crazy



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User currently offlineMptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Whenever I did not have WBC, and if I was on B or Y fare on KLM or NWA, I always asked for possibility of upgrade. Oh BTW, I am a SkyTeam Platinum Plus, so it always helped. NWA always did the upgrade, and I had luck with KLM 3 out of 7 times. The lady was very nice and she took my seat number, and told me if there is any open seat, she will come and get me. She did come in at the end of the loading, and offered me the seat.

There is no guarantees, and it all depends on the seat loading situation.

On NWA, my wife and I were travelling, and we were both upgraded (without asking) due to oversold situation. This was because both our tickets were under a single reservation.

Hope it helped.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7653 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 2):
Complimentary upgrade at KL? I hope you know people or the flight is oversold.



Quoting ScottieDog (Reply 10):
From what I can recall KLM have a policy of not offering upgrades - unless THEY have to.

I have worked in the aviation industry all my life and have never been offered an upgrade on KLM

Sounds like I'm one of the lucky few then ....  Big grin . Most of my upgrades have been on KL682 and a couple on KL681 (even on flights that weren't sold out). I'm not Skyteam Elite and I don't know anyone, guess I'm just lucky.

A bit of topic, but once LH called me because they found out I was flying on BA, they asked me if I was no longer satisfied with LH and such. I told them no, LH is still great, but I just wanted to try BA for a change, anyway, they then offered me a free upgrade on my next LH flight. The funny thing about it was when they called, I was in the check-in line for BA. Mind you, this was way back in 2000.



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User currently offlinePaneuropean From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 882 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I don't know if this is a rumour, but I have heard they only upgrade those who are dressed up well. This would mean, no jeans and probably a suit and a tie.

I assume you are not flying to LIM for business. I would advise you to enjoy the flight and once you are in Peru. You have forgotten the whole flight. Peru is breathtaking, as you might know.


User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Paneuropean (Reply 15):
I have heard they only upgrade those who are dressed up well

As mentioned before KL has a strict (free) upgrade policy. The dress code applies mostly for non-rev passengers, but in case m-class passengers need to be upgraded and no full-fare/elites are available for upgrade and they need to upgrade "regular" m-class passengers, the ones with flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts make no chance.


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