Tripseven From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
I was happy to receive an upgrade the other day from ORD-DCA and am trying to speculate why I got it. The flight was packed with at least 20 standbys.
I was traveling on a company travel pass with eligibility marked "positive space- business" I had an interview at HQ. Something about that made me eligible for an upgrade.
The ticket agent at ORD could not figure how to get me standby for an earlier flight. She spent close to 30 minutes working on it. I was very patient and just waited quietly and let her do her work. Is there a chance she flagged me for an upgrade because she is used to people flipping out when they have to wait so long? (PS I didn't make the standby flight after finally getting on the list)
Did either of these situations allow me to get the upgrade?
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
United policies are very strict about upgrades... Chances are you were next on the upgrade list and they needed the Economy seat for a revenue passenger. If you were on a "Company Travel Pass" you were either a BP-3 or BP-7. Chances are it was a BP-3 which means you go before 99% of standby's.
(BP stands for Boarding Priority)
What job were you interviewing for at WHQ? Best of Luck!
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
JC5280 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
The company travel pass you had is good for a Y seat. If you were being flown in there for a interview, then you had a BP3 as FA4UA stated. If revenue upgrades have been processed, we upgrade those on company travel passes (NRPS - non revenue positive space) next. Then the NRSA (non revenue space available) customers are loaded on.
The agent was likely putting you on standby for the earlier flight, which makes you a BP5c after the other revenue standbys (BP5a and 5b).
Good luck on that interview and hope you join the United family soon!