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User currently offlineLisbonBearUK From Portugal, joined Jan 2010, 440 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8066 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?

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User currently offlineexFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8054 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.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1785 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7983 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.


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 645 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7945 times:

United will offer upgrades to First, Business, Economy Plus. They also offer the ability to purchase extra miles, or premier security, etc.

User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1785 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 7877 times:

Quoting PWMRamper (Reply 3):
United will offer upgrades to First, Business, Economy Plus. They also offer the ability to purchase extra miles, or premier security, etc.

It makes sense that carriers with four cabins on aircraft will be more aggressive offering upgrades (ie. BA, UA).


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