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How To Get Upgraded?  
User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Hello all,

Well weve had 'How to sleep in economy class' now my question is, how do you get a sneaky upgrade!?,..................

Any good laughs/experiences?

Thanks all..

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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Quoting Leigh pilgrim (Thread starter):
how do you get a sneaky upgrade!?,..

get a frequent flyer card, fly often, fly far.

Asking nicely is also a good place to start.


User currently offlineWA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

I can't help think of the classic Seinfeld episode where Elaine sneaks into First and gets busted by a F/A. I had a friend try a similiar thing years ago on HP and was sucessful by saying to one F/A that another F/A said it was OK. He was called on it when the two F/As talked to each other toward the end of the flight. They rightfully scolded him upon arrival.

The best way to get upgraded is to earn it or to be very pleasant with the gate agents and F/As. When there is an overbooking problem or a family that wants to sit together, offer to be 'moved to a better seat'. This worked for me once on TW to LHR and I ended up in Ambassador Class. Another time on AA domestic, I volunteered to bump, and instead of getting a free ticket and wating, they said I had to board, but had given me a better seat in First Class. Other than that, dress appropriately, be polite, and don't expect them to hand out free upgrades if you're a non elite status person like me. And don't try to sneak like Elaine!



Don't just stand there, go get some glue!
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

This is a pretty well discussed topic. There was even the recent one about people stealing first class seats.

Flyertalk is the place to go for conversations like this.

N


User currently offlineDreamexpress From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Having a brother as a dispatcher helped me. Upper class was very nice on my Virgin flight to Orlando!

User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

here's an idea.....pay for it.

upgrades obtained through non-"sneaky" channels are filling up the front cabin. last minute at the gate upgrades are not always possible these days.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3711 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

The dreaded upgrade threads!

I'd say the most likely people to be rolled forward are:
1) Those on overbooked fligts for starters
2) Top tier elites in airlines own FFP
3) Travelling alone
4) THOSE WHO DON'T ASK!

Here is a good thread off BA forum on Flyertalk regarding upgrades
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35507

The thread is ongoing but the first few pages are almost 3yrs old so the coding has been lost in forum upgrade and some links won't work

[Edited 2005-03-15 00:28:59]


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineDoctorKO From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

Actually, Delta did the right thing when they had equipment problems on a flight from PBI to LGA. It was supposed to be a 757, but that aircraft had problems and was grounded at CVG. An MD-80 was sent instead, and therefore, Delta personnel asked if people would voluntarily change to a later flight. Considering I was in Palm Beach, the weather was beautiful, I'm single and couldn't care less, I moved past the complaining passengers, smiled at the girl behind the desk and said no problem. I was given a voucher for 400 Delta dollars, and a new ticket. I didn't realize until two JD & Cokes later that my ticket was a first class ticket. I don't know if it was because I voluntarily bumped, or because I was nice to her!

User currently offlineJonty From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2537 times:

Well I asked at the Air China desk in T4 at LHR when it was my birthday n they wouldn't! Worth a try I suppose! But my mum who went a few days before was allowed into business class coz everyone else she was with was upgraded coz they gave her the last seat in economy, but she explained to the f/a on the plane and she said it was ok for her just to go and sit with her friends for the flight! maybe being a woman helps!

User currently offlineSpeedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 878 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2487 times:

Quoting Jonty (Reply 8):
Well I asked at the Air China desk in T4 at LHR

Hmmm, interesting since Air China isn't in T4.


User currently offlineKITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2435 times:

Try slipping the agent a crisp $50. Can work, worst case they say no. It's illigal to bribe a cop, but a gate agent? -Matt in KITH

User currently offlineFlyTheFlag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2425 times:

Quoting KITH (Reply 10):
Try slipping the agent a crisp $50. Can work, worst case they say no. It's illigal to bribe a cop, but a gate agent?

Actually on some airlines you can buy an upgrade for $50 at the gate anyway.

As an elite tier FF who gives my loyalty to a carrier in exchange for upgrades (as miles are essentially worthless in the overall scheme of things), I dislike it when somebody is given a freebie they aren't entitled to.


User currently offlineManu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

The only time I've been bumped to Business was when Canadian airlines was owned by, but not fully integrated by AC. I was talking with the Canadian gate agent and asked how they're being treated by the merger. She was telling me of how AC were being very difficult with seniority. She held me back when we were boarding and gave me 1A.

A pleasant surprise and I definitely was not looking for an upgrade. Being my first experience in business, needless to say I loved it! Considering I was going to a job interview in Texas I sure loved the room to relax.


User currently offlineWA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

DoctorKO's story reminded my of a very similiar one of my own. On a cancelled TW flight PHX-STL, continuing to JFK in the late 80s, pax were lined up at the gate desk after being told the L1011 wasn't going anywhere. There were many people going all the way east, but I was connecting at STL to MSP. The pax were quite rude (raised voices, banging fists) with the gate agents, being rerouted and rebooked on red eyes, since PHX didn't have much service that late in the day to the East coast. I knew of a a N/S NW flight to MSP in about an hour in another terminal. When I approached the desk, I politely requested that I be put on that flight and that I would high tail it from T2 to T3. She called NW, confirmed a seat, and I made it to T3 with time for a cocktail. I didn't realize I'd been put in First Class until I looked down at the ticket and saw I was seated in row 2. Nice steak dinner and smooth flight on a B727. It may of just been luck in that there were no more coach seats, but I will always approach a gate agent informed, polite, and calm.


Don't just stand there, go get some glue!
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