LisbonBearUK From Portugal, joined Jan 2010, 440 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8401 times:
I have travelled BA recently, both in Europe and longhaul, and in these days of cost-cutting, my company put us in economy. However, I have noticed that BA quite often an upgrade to business class during the online check-in process, often at very good prices (I upgraded recently between LHR and LIS for £70).
Which other airlines offer this, or is it just BA?
exFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8389 times:
Several airlines in the US offer upgrades at OLCI - I've bought them on UA, and a friend has on CO. They tend to be somewhat rare on CO (and I guess on UA now with the new upgrade policy) because of free upgrades for elites, but they do pop up from time to time.
I've bought upgrades at kiosk check-in on AA and US - in both cases I hadn't tried to check in on-line, so I don't know if they were offered on-line, but I'd think so.
OP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 8318 times:
All airlines do this, but BA is certainly among the most aggressive I've seen. They do the same thing long-haul too, often offering upgrades from Y to Premium Economy both at the airport but also when doing online check-in.
Typically, airlines that offer complimentary upgrades for their elites (AA, CO, etc) generally don't do this as much, since obviously they end up having less inventory available at the front when checking-in.