Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5868 times:
I am currently on the waitlist to upgrade to Business Class on an AA 777 LGW-DFW. The flight is two weeks from today.
According to the "Check Available Seats" diagram on AA.com (which I know is not completely accurate), there are 18 seats available in business class. I am only upgrading with the 25,000 mile upgrade, I am not elite anymore so I can't use upgrade credits or anything like that.
My current seat assignment in coach isn't that great. Problem is, I can't change that reservation until the waitlist clears. Right now there are some decent coach seats available.
My question: what are my chances of actually getting upgraded? I'm sure I'm behind a few elite FF members with upgrades. If my chances are slim to none, I'd rather just get off the waitlist and choose a decent coach seat before they run out, rather than take my chances and risk getting stuck in a poor coach seat.
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5655 times:
Ssides, If your looking to change your seat assignment, it shouldn't be a problem. I'd give reservations a call and just let them know you want to change your seat just in case your upgrade doesn't go through.
The waitlist "command" should only drop up if they change your segment or cancel your request. The "change seat" command is something completely different.
18 seats available sounds better than just having 10 seats available. So, I would keep checking, good luck.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5559 times:
Waitlisting is a tricky thing. Reservations will basically put you on a waitlist, but they don't really check your passenger status. Example, I had about 45,000 miles in my account. Anyway, I decided to put myself on the waitlist for Business DFW-FRA. Well, an awesome deal on Cathay Pacific came up for US-HKG for 40,000 miles. Well, I spent my miles on that and told AA reservations. Well, I get to the airport for DFW-LGW and they had removed me from my economy seat and upgraded me to Business. However, they had not deducted the 25,000 miles from my account yet, as the check in agent I suppose is supposed to do it. Well, I had spent my miles on Cathay. Ended up having to cancel the the Cathay trip, 1.5 hours on the phone with AAdvantage, paid the 25,000 miles for DFW-FRA, and got a seat on the plane. Otherwise I would have not been able to go for 3 days as the flights were oversold.
AAnalyst From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5456 times:
Right now it looks good for the upgrade. I don't know if I can give you an exact number of seats, but there still are a decent amount left (not quite 18, like you had mentioned before). Coach is oversold by quite a bit. I would sit tight for now on the upgrade, and would say you have a fairly good chance (but I'm not making any guarantees).
Have you tried calling reservations yet to get your seat changed in coach?
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Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5406 times:
BTW, it's my understanding that upgrades on AA international are processed in order requested, and elite status doesn't factor (which I suspect is largely because non-elites often don't even KNOW they can upgrade, so they aren't a big percentage of the upgrade requests).
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5309 times:
I've been trying to call AA reservations in the UK for the past few days but call volumes have been high, and I don't want to waste minutes on my mobile holding for half an hour, so I will keep trying.
I know that the seatmaps on AA.com aren't always accurate, but if coach is quite a bit oversold shouldn't it appear to be more full than it is? According to that seatmap, it still shows 30 or 40 seats available in coach. I never understood these things!
AA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5205 times:
I am right there with AAnalyst.. Just checked the loads for ya and coach is overbooked quite a bit, but not to the capacity that AA authorizes. Ya know they have a formula for everything. Business still has quite a few seats and first has quite a few as well, so I would not give up. There is still hope, especially if some business people hop up front, which will give ya an even better shot! Hope it all works out, and that your trip is a great one!! Thanks for coming with us! =)