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Getting Upgrades at Check-in?  
User currently offlineSuperman24 From Canada, joined Oct 2009, 40 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3434 times:

Hi everyone,

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.



Cheers!!!

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User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3127 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
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Quoting Superman24 (Thread starter):

I know US Airways does if there are any availible. I don't know if you'd be able to fly YUL-PHL-ATH though to get it. It would makes sense to me if most airlines did do this.



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User currently onlinetoobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 785 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3379 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!

User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4435 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3323 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.

User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6205 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
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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.


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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3272 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.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3258 times:
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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.


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User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1578 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3241 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.  

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3239 times:
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Quoting bananaboy (Reply 7):

Bargain!

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.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

My last flight with BA last year from YVR-LHR-DUS offered us an upgrade to Business Class for an extra $200  


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6205 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 8):
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,

Yeah. But CDG-JNB is a loooooong sector.

Their service in C is hit or miss, but when you hit it, it´s excellent. I´ve never flown them in Y.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3214 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.


User currently onlinetoobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 785 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3203 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  


User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

Its happened a few times to me at check in.
One time, they didn't have vegetarian food, so somehow they upgraded us to J on LH.
It pays to be vegetarian  

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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3095 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  


User currently offlineSuperman24 From Canada, joined Oct 2009, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

Thanks everyone for the responses. I am glad to see that quite a few airlines offer the possibility of an upgrade.

Have a nice weekend,

Cheers!!!


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

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.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2887 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  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2815 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.



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Well fair enough since it's subject to availabilty and good for them if they don't need to sell the seats at that price.

I can't find the offer on their website anymore, it's really well hidden, but it's stated that IIRC it's only valid for departures in Italy, which explains why you couldn't take advantage of it.


User currently offlineLH7478i From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2743 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$.


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