Paul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
Has anyone ever been upgraded from J Class to C Class when they have traveling on a reward ticket? I am flying on a reward ticket in J Class to IAD from LHR with UA. Has anyone ever been upgraded with UA while on a Reward Ticket?
Ozvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1653 times:
United don't have a J class, their United Business cabin is either C (full fare/flexible) D (Cheaper flexible) Z (Restrictive/Cheap). Your rewards ticket will probably be issued in NC class, and I would think that it is unlikely that you would be upgraded when you are flying on a non-rev ticket. If they need to bump people up, it would be those who are holding a full C class ticket, and probably Premier Exec, or Premier 1K mileage plus members.
Having said that, you never know your luck, hope you enjoy the flight. I have done LHR-IAD-GIG and back a few times with UA, and I think they have a pretty good Business product
If you were to get upgraded, it would be best if you were booked on the flights operated by 777 or 744, as the 763's don't have First Class Suites installed.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
It happened to me once, in many years of flying a lot. Sometimes, if Y is overbooked, they will upgrade from Y to J and from J to F, depends upon the sitauation. I had a very high FF status with the airline, so I got bumped up. Its not usual, paying pax will be upgraded first in most circumstances.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1632 times:
Having been upgraded several times on AA when I didn't deserve it, my recommendation is that you engage the gate agent in some small talk and make him/her smile. Do not mention upgrades, just anything that makes it look like you are a flying enthusiast. Remember to make them smile. This always works for me. It doesn't always get me upgraded but it always gets them in a great mood, and you never know what can happen after that.