BA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8 Posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8418 times:
I realise 'how to get upgraded' has been discussed a zillion times before... 'pay for it', 'have FF status' and 'be very lucky' seem to be the answer.
However, I wanted to clear up the status with honeymooners, which is slightly different. I hear that honeymooners are sometimes upgraded even if there is no operational reason to do so with some airlines. Is that the case? If so, I wonder whether there is any point to pay the extra for J if you might well get upgraded anyway.
What are the policies at airlines? Is it worth registering when you book that you are a honeymooner?
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8375 times:
Not to sound cold, but do not count on it. Pay for the ticket you're willing to pay, that's all. You can "discreetly" mention you're leaving on your Honeymoon to a couple of ground staff, but do not make a big deal of it. I know our airline does not do it officially, but anything is possible sometimes
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8354 times:
I guess if you´re nice and discreet people, don´t demand it as if its a must and don´t look like someone who can can afford a economy ticket only because you´ve won it in the lottery you´ll find some who might want to give you a wedding gift. In effect it costs the airline just a few (better) drinks and a few Euros more on food.
Why shouldn´t airlines react differently than Hotels? If not fully booked honeymooners have a fair chance of getting a suite for the price of a doublerroom. Especially if they stay just 2 or 3 days.
4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8353 times:
As one that has myself upgraded several dozen honeymoon couples over the years I can tell you that if it is possible many at the airport consider it. However I must also caution that they don't " have too". While marriage is indeed a wonderful thing for the couple involved, and a wedding is a very special moment for that couple, they really need to face facts that there are 100's of millions of people that dont know them and could frankly care less. For as many couples as I have upgraded for free I have also denied just as many for making a big issue out of it, promising future business or threatening to withhold same, or worse demanding it. Those new couples I am afraid always find themselves sitting in coach right where they belong.
BA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8330 times:
Great feedback - thanks. You are right to say that if you more or less demand it, then you won't get it... I was interested in whether many airlines usually did upgrade you if there was space (and you are not very scruffy or very rude!)
Twalives From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8304 times:
Honeymooned to French Polynesia in June aboard Air Tahiti Nui...if you are looking for a honeymoon upgrade aboard TN, think again. I would estimate that 75% of our flights both to and from LAX were honeymooners. As far as our domestic connectors aboard AA to LAX, we had no luck with upgrades.
4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8280 times:
Yes many airlines consider it when the flight is not full and they have the space/meals on board anyway in the premium cabin. It is often noted in the reservation that the couple is on a honeymoon. There is no special consideration /other than the reservation remark/ given until near departure time however. If the space is going unused at departure time many in the airlines feel it is in their best interest /employees that is/ to offer this as a token of good will to the couple in hopes that the memory will result in a loyal return customer. However as time goes on, premium cabins get smaller and honeymoon couples get more aggressive and demanding of their free gift the tide unfortunately is changing.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8249 times:
Don't ask for it. If you can just casually drop that you're on your honeymoon. The airline I work for will not upgrade unless there's an operational need, however dropping casually that you're going on your honeymoon or going to get married may help you get a better seat.
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SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8186 times:
In effect it costs the airline just a few (better) drinks and a few Euros more on food.
Technically, food is not a concern since at the end of every flight, it has to be thrown out (except for packaged items).
WorldAV8R From Poland, joined Feb 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8135 times:
We had the special circumstance somehow listed with our reservation. It came up on every flight during our segment and although was never offered an upgrade, we did get many compliments and smiling personal service.
As for the hotels, that is a different story. We got upgraded to an oceanview deluxe suite at the Westin in Grand Cayman. We took a gamble there as we just booked a cheaper room hoping we could upgrade for the same price upon check-in. It worked out in our favor.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8014 times:
The only honeymoon upgrade I've heard of is when the wife told me that they got upgraded on a flight to ANC for their honeymoon -- reason for the upgrade was that the flight was oversold, and the husband decided to take the bump.
Every other time, if the couple was in a premium cabin, it was because they either (a) paid for it, (b) used miles for it, (c) upgraded with miles, or (d) got an upgrade because one spouse was an elite in the FFP.
ZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7788 times:
It probably always depends on the airline.
The airline I'm working for, doesn't upgrade if:
- there isn't an authority from management
- there isn't an overbooking situation
In other words:
- honeymooners fly the class they are booked in
- frequent flyers fly the class they are booked in, irrespective of their tier level (unless there is an overbooking situation in their class of travel)
- non-revs fly the class they are holding a ticket for
The reason this is done:
- upgrading people often devaluates the experience for the people who actually paid for the higher class of service and that, quite frankly, should'nt happen
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AZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 777 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7763 times:
Flying DTW-MSY on NW a couple years ago (December 2001), instead of taking a honeymoon my father and step-mother took the whole family on vacation with them. My dad got an upgrade through his elite status. After he was seated up in first and the rest of us in back, the flight attendant came back and told my step-mother she could come sit up front.
They only did it because there just happened to be an extra seat in F, but I thought it was a very nice gesture on the flight crew's part.
Rwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7650 times:
I also Honeymooned to French Polynesia in June aboard Air Tahiti Nui!! We flew from LHR to LAX on American Airlines and casually dropped it in that we were on our honeymoon and the check in person made a note on the system. When we got the gate we were called up and our seats were 'upgraded' to bulk head seats in Economy which to be honest was great!
We then flew Air Tahiti Nui on June 6th to Papeete which was a dreadful flight - neither my wife's IFE screen or mine would work and the flight was full, so it was an 8 hour flight with a book! On the way back we had the same problem, with only one working. At least the cruise on the Tahitian Princess in between was fantastic!!
No luck with upgrades for the rest of the trip from LAX to STL and then STL to LGW via RDU on American, but we didn't bother to mention it when checking in.
PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7584 times:
It sometime happens, sort of - back in April my daughter and son-in-law were jumping the pond from LHR to JFK to spend a few weeks in N.Am, the Big Apple, Vegas, Nigara, etc.
They boarded their BA flight and were settling into Y when my daughter found that her seatback tray would not stay up - the latch was broken. Of course she couldn't stay in that seat for takeoff so that the FA looked around, apologised and said to her that the only available seats were in Business and she would have to move there.
Her husband thought quick and blurted out that they were on their honeymoon and it wouldn't be right that they be separated - so he got a seat in Business too!
Well, they were almost on their honeymoon they'd only been married 6 months.
UTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7565 times:
With UTAette and myself getting married next year and escaping on honeymoon somewhere, I think I'll go for C tickets with my FF miles rather than adopt the buy-Y-tickets-and-hope-for-the-best strategy.
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Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7523 times:
When we went on our honeymoon about 3 years ago, we didn't know or say anything about a possible upgrade to first. However, DL checked us in and then said they had a suprise for us at the gate, if we would just wait until everyone had boarded the aircraft. We got first all the way from DFW-CDG and back again!
Point being, its a wonderful thing when it happens but usually very unexpected. Don't count on anything happening, because sometimes they may want to give it to you but not have any room up front to make it work. But, make sure you let people know you're on a honeymoon when you go, because you'll get free stuff from every corner. Maybe not an upgrade, but you can be sure that on a long flight, someone will probably offer to pay for a couple of drinks or something. Not to mention the free stuff you'll get on the ground, wherever you go.