Superman24 From Canada, joined Oct 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1411 times:
I am planning on flying YUL-ATH and I wanted to know if any airlines offer upgrades for a fee during check-in time. I know Air Canada but I was wondering if the same is done by Swiss, Lufthansa or British.
toobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 673 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1356 times:
It's pretty rare on European airlines...I mean u could by paying the fare difference of course but if you are referring to like an extra 300-500, than I would say no. You are most likely looking at 1000s. Doesn't hurt to ask!
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4108 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
It is a stretch but if you were to do YUL-JFK-IST-ATH, on the TK, JFK-IST portion for $300 you can upgrade from Economy to Comfort class if they have the space on the day of. One of the best Y+ product out there.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 4848 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1274 times:
Ask. It doesn´t hurt and you´d be surprised. The first time I flew LH FRA-MEX I was on C and I just asked if I could be uprgraded to F. They said yes. That´s it. They didn´t ask for miles, or cash. Just got it. Granted, I was not in Y initially, but still.
LHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 629 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1249 times:
At LAX, LX have been known to do it from time to time - I suppose it depends on the loads if they will offer the seats for buy-up or not. The LAX-ZRH buy-up was $500 - however the by-up doesn't change the originally-paid fare class, so things like mileage accrual, etc will be based on the originally ticketed fare class.
I guess the airlines don't make it a regular thing to prevent potential full-fare J pax purchasing the lowest available fare; banking on the cheap upgrade being available at check-in, thereby cannibalizing their revenue!
BR offer it too, but only from 1 cabin to the next - you can only buy-up from Y to W or from W to J, but not from Y to J.
Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
RussianJet From Kazakhstan, joined Jul 2007, 6296 posts, RR: 23 Reply 6, posted (4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1235 times:
AF emailed me the day before CDG-JNB to offer an upgrade to J from Y for £250. I was VERY tempted, and the offer said that capacity permitting the offer would be open until departure. However, like a schmuck, I saved my money and put up with their astonishingly mediocre service in Y.
bananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1558 posts, RR: 26 Reply 7, posted (4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1218 times:
BA do it, at least on short haul to / from LGW in my experience. I'm sure they'll not be averse to taking extra money from people at check-in if they want to pay. Now, as to the price and overall value proposition, that's something only you can decide on.
Flew with KM a couple of years back and asked about upgrading for cash. They said it was possible, but there was no "deal" - I would have had to pay the full difference between my fare and the business class fare, so I passed on it and had an enjoyable flight in economy.
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 6): AF emailed me the day before CDG-JNB to offer an upgrade to J from Y for £250.
Bargain! Similar thing happened to me with UA a few years back and I declined the online offer - I asked again at check-in but they couldn't get the same deal.
All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
Yeah, it was a good deal. However, it was only for one sector out of four, and that's pretty much why I kept my cash. Not sure what AF J class is like service-wise, but if the crew were even half as disinterested as some of those in Y then I'm pretty glad I didn't shell out the extra money.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21498 posts, RR: 24 Reply 11, posted (4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1191 times:
Quoting toobz (Reply 2): It's pretty rare on European airlines...I mean u could by paying the fare difference of course but if you are referring to like an extra 300-500, than I would say no. You are most likely looking at 1000s.
KLM frequently offers upgrades at online check-in on flights within Europe, sometimes at a fairly low fee, but it's not worth it with the European type of business class on the typical 1 to 2 hour flight in my opinion. Only significant benefit is many more frequent flyer miles. I recall one recent offer for 95 euros but forget what route that was.
toobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 673 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
Viscount: very cool! I've never had KL offer me an upgrade. Like you said the flights are fairly short...no difference in seat other than maybe a bit more leg room in the first 5-7 rows and the middle seat blocked. I fly HEL-AMS quite often and never got asked if I wanted an upgrade. I have flown it in C before and other than a hot bfast and more personal attention, its pretty much the same as Y. I'll save my money for other things I actually don't mind flying coach in Europe..pretty good service all around. I dread it in the US though....ugh.
ACDC8: Thats incredible!! I hope you took them up on that
So I guess it can happen but I wouldn't hold my breath for these kinds of deal to come along all the time. I know DL does not do any special fare upgrades on intl long haul flights..and have to say I'm a bit surprised about some of these examples.
So as we have learned, it never hurts to ask
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1135 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
Well usually a special meal is rather a reason NOT to upgrade But congrats
OS offers upgrade offers at check in as well. China Eastern does it in FRA at check-in. Their is a note at their ticket counter informing ticketing agent about which Authorization code they need to fill in in the MCO
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7598 posts, RR: 40 Reply 17, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 864 times:
Quoting toobz (Reply 12): ACDC8: Thats incredible!! I hope you took them up on that
I think the reason they had that offer was because they had the 70 seat Business Class 744 flying that day instead of the usual 52 seat. I remember that earlier in that week, BA85 ended up going back to LHR with a tech problem so they must have used the bigger business class version as the sub. First time I ever had to pay for an upgrade though, mind you I don't fly nearly as much as I used to. Still, it was a good deal
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 13 Reply 18, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 792 times:
BA normally have an offer to upgrade from Y to Y+ for GBP 150, and Y+ to C to around GBP 450. This varies from airport to airport. You can only upgrade 1 class at a time. If they need it for operational reasons, they often have an upgrade offer via Manage My Booking, and again at OLCI.
Quoting reifel (Reply 16): I just read somewhere hidden on the AZ website that they offer upgrades at the airport as well. Italy-Japan from Y to C as cheap as 350 EUR.
I flew Tokyo-Rome on Saturday in Y. I had read about upgrades for EUR 150 to Y+. I asked at check in, and was told that 150 EUR was a "campaign" offer, and that today, I would have to pay EUR 2400 (or maybe USD) for a Y+...hahaha, no thanks.
LH7478i From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 720 times:
In 2008 I walked up to the LH counter in the boarding gate area at DEN. Just out of curiosity I asked how much it would cost me to upgrade to Business Class on my flight back to FRA. Price would have been 650$.