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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3527 posts, RR: 8
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

What were the circustances of you first upgrade ever?

I was 11 years old when my father and I took a trip around Europe. Our itinerary was:


Year, 1982. (Not sure if Milan was MXP or something else then).

When we got to Logan, the line was stretching out the door of terminal E. My father went to the empty business class line and asked if it would be ok to check in there. The agent said, "Because you asked so nicely, we will upgrade you to Club World."

(Not sure what ticket fare we had).

The ride was great. It was my first trip across the pond, and I enjoyed the service tremendously. Remember those packs of mini sized playing cards BA used to give out? Got a couple of sets of those.

Since then, I've flown C and F plenty. But the first time was the sweetest.

What are some of the other memories of first time upgrades?

17 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2016
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User currently offlineSkyTeamNo1 From Peru, joined Apr 2003, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

Mine was unexpected for me. I was doing CO lim-ewr-cdg; got upgraded on the lim-ewr segment because of my recently upgraded elite status (or so I was told)

User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

My first upgrade was on this flight (copied from my flight log):
25MAY01 G???? STNHAM LH4697 146 C
My girlfriend and I got to STN really late, like 20 minutes before departure, but the nice lady said: "that's fine, we'll put you in business". I must have had such a big smile on my face! That was so good after the hassle of getting to the airport and nearly missing the flight!
Flown Business only within Europe, but it has always been a nice and special experience to sit in front of the curtain! Big grin

Bye StarFlyer

Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

I got my first upgrad in December 2001 on an Alitalia flight from MXP to DUS, great service and great food on this flight!


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

At the moment I can only think of FRA-MEX on a LH 744 and FRA-ARN on a LH 733.


User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

still waiting for it.... =P

User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Unofficial: Flying from ATL-CLT on USAir and a flight attendent asked me If I would like to move up a couple rows into first class...I delcined (You F#%king idiot  Pissed ) I was about 10-11 yrs old at the time.

Official: Flying from LYS-JFK on DL, I went to check in and they upgraded me at the counter. took back my ticket and put it in a Business Elite ticket sleeve. I got to board along the elite carpet and got all the regular pampering on board for 8 hours to JFK.

I still can't understand why they would upgrade a passenger on the spot like that for no apparent reason...any suggestions??


User currently offlineRpwgw From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

If it was an oversell, you got upgraded on the spot because there was a need to upgrade pax and you fit their criteria.

You were probably dressed OK and had no special requirements.

Airlines will never upgrade unless they can cater for you (and still give a selection to the paying pax) so if you want a special meal you'll get it back in econmy as requested!!

My fisrt upgrade was from my lovely wife in the situation I had outlined above. She was doing the upgrades and I fit her criteria!!

User currently offlineSr176 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1813 times:

BRU - ZRH on SR from Y to C in 1997
overbooked in Y

SIN - Jakarte on SR from C to F in 1999
goodwill of SR

FRA - ICN on LH from Y to C with wife and kid(!) in 2001
goodwill of LH

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

I don't know if this really counts since I'm an airline employee, but being there just a year I only have a regular M (Y) priority, but I got upgraded to Club World and then Club Europe on a recent trip to Paris, even though I technically supposed to be taking whatever seat in the back that I can get. So, that was nice.


« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

My first upgrade was on KLM, FBU-AMS in 1993 since Y was overbooked. But there's nothing special since the food is the same as the Y class, only the seat was bigger.

My second and last upgrade was on February 2002, on Emirates, CGK-SIN. I arrived pretty early in the airport, but the check in queue for Y class was very long. So I went to the J class check in counter and asked the lady, "I con't have any checked luggage, can I check in here?" She politely checked me in, without telling me about the upgrade. I didn't find out about the upgrade until I looked at the boarding pass just before I enter the waiting room at the gate. When I realized that I was upgraded, I changed my heading to the lounge instead Big grin

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

1985, SAS SK 972 from Singapore to Bangkok. My entire family got upgraded to Business Class! I remember clearly how the footrests were mounted on the seat in from of me... and I have never seen a foot rest before that! Cool! Plus the meal was served on real plates and not the rectangular trays.

My first time in Business Class at the age of 11 and I got hooked...

Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Dec 24th, I was checking in at MAN through to HKG via LHR, i'd already booked for World Traveller Plus on BA025.

I'd already checked in online as I'm a BA exec member, but was unsure where my girlfriend would be sat! As I asked "will we be sat 31A/B?", the reply came "no you'll be 16A/B, I've upgraded you to J class"

Nice early Christmas present from BA!

Next flights: MAN-YYZ-YYC-YVR-MAN
User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

I had the chance of an upgrade for UA69 LAX-HNL in 2000. But my mum didn't want it(god knows why).

User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3035 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

I was flying AUS-PDX on CO in 1996 and was upgraded from IAH to LAS. Reason being, when we were coming out of Austin, our MD-80 had ingested a bird on landing. That caused us to be 45 minutes late leaving. We arrived at IAH at 7:52 but our PDX departure was at 8. THEY REFUSED TO HOLD THE PDX PLANE. I sprinted down to the PDX gate only to see the plane pushing back. I was non-plussed to say the least. We got re-routed through LAS instead of a non-stop IAH-PDX flight. I got upgraded to first class on the IAH-LAS leg, after I threw a fit at the counter.


Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 727 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

I've only ever had two in my whole life and both were just by chance without asking.
In 1978 I flew Sydney to Melbourne with Ansett and I was using a standby ticket. The aircraft was already boarded and quite full and usually they called standby's individually by name to fill any or all vacant seats. On this one occasion they called all standby ticket holders and sent them to the gate for seat allocation, and I was last in line. The aircraft was full and the guy in front of me and Myself were given 1st class upgrades instead of being sent back for the next flight. That was my only time ever in First class and it was pretty nice up there even if it was only an hours flight, I remember the incredible amount and quality of the food most of all.
The other upgrade I had was far more recent in June 2001 returning from Amsterdam on my way home. I was flying Kuwait which I like a lot and have flown many times. The flight originates in ORD and as such is usually with a fair load before arriving at AMS on it's way to KWI. On this occasion there were perhaps just 20 new passengers to join the flight at AMS but this time they ran out of seats and 5 of us were given business class seats and one really lucky bastard got a first class seat. This was possibly the nicest flight I ever had with Kuwait and I appreciated the extra service and IFE system and the food was excellent.

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

My first was flying from TUS to RDU in July 1971 on TW and DL via ORD. I forgot my ticket at home and was a bit late to the airport. Like this late, my sister was driving me and we were 20 minutes from home when I realized it and 45 minutes from scheduled departure. I got home and back to the airport with 2 minutes to spare and, as the only seat left was in first class so thats where I was put. Still have a bit of a crush on the older woman that I was seated next to that day.

The second was the return to TUS in June of 1972.

I flew from RDU to DCA to go to Transpo '72 at IAD on June 6th. After spending the night at DCA, I boarded a NW flight to PIT to see my father while enroute home to Tucson. The flight left at 0600 or so and only 7 people showed up out of the 60 expected. Weight and balance and already been figured so all 6 of us coach passengers were put in first class.

I was all of 14 and 15 years old when these happened.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
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