Speedbird10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 33 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4323 times:
I will soon be traveling on a transatlantic flight with AF. My mom is in First but I am in Tempo. Should I check-in 30hrs in advance or would it increase my chance of being upgraded if I waited until the airport?
JJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1687 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4257 times:
Quoting Speedbird10 (Thread starter): I will soon be traveling on a transatlantic flight with AF. My mom is in First but I am in Tempo. Should I check-in 30hrs in advance or would it increase my chance of being upgraded if I waited until the airport?
The chances of being upgraded in AF are slim at best, even for very frequent flyers. I'd reserve a good seat online earlier, then try the 'my mom is travelling on business' trick. You might even get the upgrade.
Also if you're on Tempo and your mom is on First there's still L'espace affairs in the middle (unless you meant your mom is travelling biz rather than first).
Henkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3958 times:
Uogrades will not happen because mum is in First. Otherwise that would be one hell of a top tip to get a free F ticket: only one of the travellers will have to buy an F ticket. No chance in hell.
Upgrades are ONLY given when the flight is oversold and then by status and fare class. So the Platinum member will be upgraded first, gold second, etc. They will even split up couples if only one has status.
Next a 2 class upgrade (Y to F) is not allowed per the airlines policy. So "I would like to sit next to my mother" is not even possible. Unless she is willing to downgrade to C, but it looks like your mother likes to spend some quiet time in First alone...
So, in summary: don't get your hopes up. You may be upgraded to business IF you are Platinum or Gold AND you are on a full fare Y ticket AND the flight is oversold. Otherwise: enjoy Y!
Edit: upgrades almost ALWAYS happen at the gate and never ever ask for one. The best way of not getting an upgrade is requesting an upgrade. If you are very lucky your mother can try (if F is very empty for instance) to ask the purser on board if you can join her. That is not technically an upgrade, since you are in Y for take off and landing and your ticket still is Y. She needs to do some serious grovelling though and considering she bought you a Y... Chances are slimmer if she is travelling on an award ticket by the way.
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3949 times:
At my carrier, we occasionally have a parent/parents travelling in a premium cabin and a young child, who needs parental care, travelling in the economy cabin. In this situation, we ask the parent(s) to pay for a premium ticket for their child, or alternatively downgrade and sit in economy.