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AF Upgrades - Check In Or Not?  
User currently offlineSpeedbird10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 33 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5158 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?

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User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1833 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5092 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).


User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5089 times:

Maybe you should ask your mom for the upgrade, chances are better for that IMHO.  Wink


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

If your only "good" reason for being upgraded is that our Mom is travelling in First, then you should, as JJJ mentioned, you'd better Check-in in advance and chose a good seat in Y.

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5000 times:

Hi,

Always a better idea to check-in online.

You never know what kind of situation may arise, overbooking, for example. Even though your Mom is in First ... though I would hope they would make a little more of an effort for you.



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3170 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Not sure why the mother in first would hold any leverage. Can someone enlighten?


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User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4793 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.

[Edited 2008-06-24 03:38:54]


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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4784 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.

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