Jdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 837 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5315 times:
I am sure I will get flamed for asking but what is my best chance to get upgraded to first class on a 777 or 747? I know airlines have different policies on upgrading non revs and I was hoping for a few tips on what airline/route/day would give me my best chance. I work for US and have a wealth of ZED options. I know I should just be satisfied flying for free and all but I always wanted to do a long haul trip on those two aircraft in the front cabin. Thanks for any help.
BRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5287 times:
Well, first of all, if you have no status, your chances are just about zip. If you do have status, there are a few ways to be upgraded. Since 9/11, it is more rare, but it mostly only happens when your cabin is booked out, and they need people to be moved up. Besides that, you can always try "the speech", or arrive very early and make sure it is at the long-haul flight city. I could go on for hours, but if you really want to learn about it go to , and there should be a few threads about it in there.
There's a really good thread on this question from about a month ago relating to getting upgraded non-reving on BA transatlantic. The American F/A introduced himself (in a very low key manner) on boarding BA and took his seat and he and his companion got upgraded to Club World on both the forward and return journeys.
Do a search on BA, Upgrade and non-rev in message body, I should think.
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Jeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5075 times:
I have been upgraded as a non-rev on:
Virgin Atlantic SFO-LHR
British Airways JFK-LHR
Gulf Air LHR-BAH, and BEY-BAH.
I did not ask for it or do anything special, they just did it.
I have heard that South African, Japan, QANTAS, and a few others will not do it at all.
When I flew Japan, I was at the first row after Business, and there was not a single soul in there, yet they would not put us in there.
Same with Finnair, just 2 people in business.
I have flown Air France twice with no upgrade, yet everyone else I know has gotten one with them.
I really would like to know what the policys are too.
I know if I worked at an Intl. carrier, I would give upgrades as long as I were allowed to.
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Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5056 times:
Quoting Jeremy (Reply 6): I have flown Air France twice with no upgrade, yet everyone else I know has gotten one with them.
Sometimes they even upgrade you to the cockpit jumpseat when you ask politely .
I got upgraded once on AF, from Tempo (Economy) to Tempo Challenge (Premium Economy). In May I will fly again on them, I am booked in Business and I am Frequences Plus Bleu elite, I wouldn't complain about an upgrade into First Class .
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5029 times:
Not a 747 or 777, but if your flying Northwest on a DC-9, sit in the VERY back! They upgraded my friends and I to first class AUS-MSP because we were seated in the back (the only place we could sit together as a group... we figured it was worth it).
Then again, its things like that that serve as a constant reminder why I continue to use Northwest extensively for my travel...
Methinks there is no rhyme or reason to getting an upgrade... just have to have the stars lined up the right way!
CaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4957 times:
i've been upgraded both ways on a return flight HKG-NRT.... from economy straight up to First class because of such a coincidence that business was fully loaded on both flights as well as economy and i'm a Star Alliance Gold Card holder......
usually. if you see the boarding gate to be supper full.. go up to the counter and ask if theres chances for upgrade.. they usually ask you to put down your boarding pass.. put it down and wait untill they call you.. they might upgrade u or not..
depends.. on long hauls on 747/777s its very rare..
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BA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4931 times:
I don't think it makes much difference what you wear. When ever I have had a change of seat I have not been particularly smart. Liklihood of getting U/G is slim so I don't wanna wear something uncomfortable given it is unlikely I am going to get upgraded. Anyhow, most legit J or F customers wear casual anyway.