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User currently offlinePlaneLuver From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11632 times:

I remember reading awhile back about a scheme for getting a free upgrade to first class, even if you had a discounted economy ticket.

Basically, you were supposed to show up at check-in wearing nice clothes and having a really nice, outgoing personality. Then you were supposed to basically just ask if you could get an upgrade "if there's any room". If they said no, you were supposed to try again at the gate.

Do you think this could actually work? Do agents have the authority to upgrade any type of passengers, or just first full fare economy and frequent fliers?

andrew

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User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11621 times:

In today's economic climate, that's about as likely to happen as a Canyon Blue CRJ-200 pulling up to a Southwest gate.

The only free upgrades to First Class come if you're an elite on airlines which offer free upgrades to elites (HP/US, CO, DL, NW and AS), or if you happen to get an "op-up" (you're booked in Y, but Y checks in full and there are available F seats) but again those go to elites first.

More airlines are offering at-the-gate upgrades to economy passengers, but again those cost money.

[Edited 2005-12-06 08:11:21]


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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3705 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11612 times:
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Quoting PlaneLuver (Thread starter):
Basically, you were supposed to show up at check-in wearing nice clothes and having a really nice, outgoing personality. Then you were supposed to basically just ask if you could get an upgrade "if there's any room". If they said no, you were supposed to try again at the gate.

Do you think this could actually work? Do agents have the authority to upgrade any type of passengers, or just first full fare economy and frequent fliers?

People try this all of the time, sometimes it works, but usually it doesn't. There are usually a list of frequent fliers ahead of you, as well as airline employees. I personally hate it when people ask for a comp upgrade, and when non-revs ask for it I make sure that they sit in coach. You are not entitled to sitting in First just because you're in the industry.

Go ahead and try if you'd like, but more often then not you'll wind up sitting in the coach seat that you paid for.



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11604 times:

I've had it happen...But every time but one was pre-9/11. My one free upgrade post 9/11 came in early February 2002, while flying HP PHX-PDX.

I guess it can happen, but you have to charm the pants off the gate agent I would guess.


User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11590 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 2):
when non-revs ask for it I make sure that they sit in coach.

That is a great attitude to have towards your coworkers  Yeah sure

Hawk44

[Edited 2005-12-06 08:09:15]


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11586 times:

Personally, I hope it doesn't happen. I fly enough to make elite status with an airline (in my case, Delta), and one of the benefits is free unlimited upgrades to First Class. Giving away F for free to non-elite coach passengers when there is no need to do so (I can understand op-ups, but if there are empty seats in Y...), it is a dilution of the benefits that I have rightfully earned. If I could just ask for a F seat at check-in and get it, then why should I continue to fly only Delta (spending money on higher fares when competitors are offering lower ones) and just become a passenger that buys the absolute cheapest fare?

Jeff


User currently offlineAJRfromSYR From United States of America, joined May 2005, 454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11559 times:

Especially at PHL, if you check your bags with a red cap, then tip him 50-100 bucks and ask to get upgraded, they will take care of it most the time. Just ask before you tip. Tip a red cap and you never have to pay for your luggage being over 50lbs. Amazing.


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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 904 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11544 times:

Whilst I am in the industry I do try for upgrades. I have had a lot of luck with BA from Orlando. I believe they always overbook the Y seats. So I go to checkin 4 hours prior in my Jacket and tie and ask (politely) if there is any chance of moving forward.On the last six flights I have been upgraded. Then CO from BHX on the same deal and EK from BHX and on AC from YYC.Air Portugal from LHR and VS from LHR BA from BHX The AC was a gate upgrade as I did not like the checkin clerk and did not ask but went to the gate agent and received my upgrade there. Bear in mind this was for two pax on each occasion so I suppose I will have to stay at the back next time.

User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11453 times:

It doesn't matter what you wear. If you are the top elite for an airline, you will be upgraded if Y-class is overbooked.
I once wore T-shirts, shorts and sandles and got upgraded because of this.


User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11432 times:

Quoting Carpethead (Reply 8):
It doesn't matter what you wear. If you are the top elite for an airline, you will be upgraded if Y-class is overbooked.

You've hit the nail on the head there. If the economy cabin is oversold, before the airline starts paying out compensation unecessarily to passengers who are being denied boarding in the cabin that they've booked, premium, elite, gold card (whatever you want to call them) will be upgraded from economy in order to free up seats in Y for the pasengers in question who were subject to the overbooking sitaution.

As a result, everyone's happy. Pax who were advised of possible overbooking will now be happy that the airline can accommodate them and the upgraded Y-class "frequent flyer members" will also be happy with their free upgrade!

Happiness and smiling for everyone concerned and at nil expense to the airline!

Only in the event that there are none, or very very few, elite passengers on board will the airline choose to upgrade standard Y-class pax. In which case, a pleasant attitude is your best bet. Whatever you do, don't ask for it if want to avoiding pissing of the customer service people on the ground. No-one likes beggars who don't wanna pay but then try to get it for free.

        



[Edited 2005-12-06 09:55:57]


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User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11343 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 2):
when non-revs ask for it I make sure that they sit in coach. You are not entitled to sitting in First just because you're in the industry.

Go ahead and try if you'd like, but more often then not you'll wind up sitting in the coach seat that you paid for.

You sound like one of those bitter airport staff that make nonrev’s life a nightmare when flying standby (Thanks god they are many exceptions)

What’s wrong with a nonrev asking for an upgrade (as long as it’s done politely and at the right time/circumstances)? If this is done on a long haul trip makes total sense and doesn’t hurt anybody (Of course on a two hour trip is ridiculous).

I have flown as a nonrev with BA many times and I would say I got an upgrade to Club World 90% of the times when flying long haul. Sometimes this was done by the flight dispatcher and some others by the purser.

This was also the case with AF, QR and DL.


User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11268 times:

While flying during Brasilian vacation months of January and July, flights are always overbooked coming and going to Brasil. Me and my son were offered upgrades on AA going to MIA, then again coming back to Sao Paulo. On my return to GRU from MEM, I asked the ticket counter how you get an upgrade. She told me to show up early and volunteer to be bumped to the next day's flight. $500 vouchers, upgrade to First Class, meals and hotel just for taking a later flight the next day. Works for me.

This also happened with my wife flying DL. They upgraded her, my daughter and adopted Brasilian son. However, the ticket agent didn't realize my son was traveling on a Brasilian passport. DL does not generally upgrade, for free, those traveling on non-US passports.

I actually think it all depends on the ticket or gate agent and the mood they are in. It also helps not to come across as begging or wimpy.


User currently offlineYhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11181 times:

AC Rapidair Pass = Confirmed Free upgrades (i.e. not standby)

Still only 60% of full fare economy



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User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2574 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11120 times:

I was recently upgraded to Business in my CCS-MIA flight with Santa Barbara Airlines. The flight was overbooked and they upgraded me to business. Nice!

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineCloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11117 times:

Why do you think you deserve to be upgraded? What fare are you paying? Why do you think you should get something for nothing?


Why don't you try asking for some free cash at a bank and see what happens?



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10953 times:
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Back in the "good old days" I was upgraded to Business on Swissair during a ZRH-BOS flight because my father was a Travelclub Gold member (I was flying with him obviously). I've been unable to obtain the same thing ever since, but then again I'm not brave enough to dare asking such a thing. Maybe I should  Smile


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User currently offlineJumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10928 times:

Quoting PlaneLuver (Thread starter):
I remember reading awhile back about a scheme for getting a free upgrade to first class, even if you had a discounted economy ticket.

1st class aint what it used to be on many airlines. Dont get all uptight if you dont get an upgrade. Other then free booze and a slightly wider seat with a tad more recline, thats about all there is to it. For some airlines, like delta for example, for flights between 1.5 and 3.5 hours, or 450 and 1550 miles there is no meal service in 1st class, only beverage and snacks.


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10878 times:

Elite's are upgraded 2 or 3 days prior to departure anyway, so why shouldn't you ask!

I used to get transatlantic upgrades on CO/BA through our sales rep when I was in the UK. Domestic upgrades I got were on US from PHL to FLL and back a couple of years, using some upgrade vouchers we had lying around the office. Also last summer got an upgrade on AA between JFK and LAX and back again through our sales rep.

If you don't ask you don't get is my motto!


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10819 times:

Quoting Cloudyapple (Reply 14):
Why do you think you deserve to be upgraded? What fare are you paying? Why do you think you should get something for nothing?


Why don't you try asking for some free cash at a bank and see what happens?

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The lengths and bullshit that people come up with why they should be upgraded range from comical to cringeworthy. There is a lengthy thread on Flyertalk BA forum where a BA CS agent at T4 lists some of his favourites.

'Ok here are the reasons why pax thought they should have an upgrade

1) I'm a blue/silver/gold card holder

2) I have a medical condition which means I cannot sit in Economy but can sit in Club

3) I'm too tall/big for an economy seat, therefore I need to be upgraded

4) I am traveling due to fact that I have got to go to a funeral/see a dying relative (it is amazing how many people will try and use this one, though some maybe genuine, a lot are not)

5) We are on honeymoon

6) Last time I flew BA, the flight was late/you lost my bags/ I was downgraded/ It was raining etc

7) I am some minor celeb, who has bought an Economy ticket, thinking that you would know who I am, and then upgrade me.

8) My boss is flying club/first we need to work together on the flight ( used to suggest the boss downgraded, funny how that stopped all talk of the need to work)

9) I am a close personal friend of Lord King/ Lord Marshall/ Bob Ayling/ Rod Eddington

10) Last be not least the best one ever.....I checked in a lady , issue her with her boarding pass...she looks at it and asks me why she is not in CW, I explain that she had an Economy ticket. She proceeded to get a Daily Mail cutting out of her handbag and said "but I meet all the criteria in this article to be upgraded". Daily Mail Travel had published 5 tips on how to secure an upgrade!!!!

So my tip for getting an upgrade out of LHR T4, don't ask!!! Use the "U" word in a conversation with an agent, and more than likely nothing will happen.'


Quoting PlaneLuver (Thread starter):
Basically, you were supposed to show up at check-in wearing nice clothes and having a really nice, outgoing personality. Then you were supposed to basically just ask if you could get an upgrade "if there's any room". If they said no, you were supposed to try again at the gate.

Do you think this could actually work? Do agents have the authority to upgrade any type of passengers, or just first full fare economy and frequent fliers?

LMAO! But then you are in danger of this situation happening....

I was checking in to my flight to JFK in T4 in June or July 2000, patiently waiting for the couple in front to get their BP and shove off. I had been forced to listen to him groaning on about being a real 'road warrior' and flying around the world in F all the time. Blah, blah, blah. I thought 'when is he going to shut up?' The young woman he was with did not seem particularly interested.

Finally they get to the desk and the agent says "Mr Jones, this is an economy ticket, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to go to desk 99 to check in."

He is non-plussed and replies "I'm one of your elite blue-card members, and we are on our honeymoon. I understand you have an upgrade in your system for us."

She says "Strange the tickets seem to have been bought by a corporate travel agent and on different dates. Your EC number is not in the booking either, may I see you card?"

He whips out his wallet and slips her his blue card! She goes a bit red, and explains to him that blue is where you start, and means nothing more than that you applied last week. He slumps away, completely red-faced and ends up in check-in 99.

I had a good laugh with the agent after he left.



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7309 posts, RR: 85
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10800 times:
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Quoting BigOrange (Reply 17):

If you don't ask you don't get is my motto!

Good idea! I fly for heavily discounted rates since being employed with FX, I understand the full revenue passengers, for carriers in question should have a priority, but the idea of a aviation employee asking for an upgrade and being deliberately sat in Y class is asinine. The majority of carriers take care of their own. This has always been my experience. I usually (90%) get an upgrade on an international flight, and don't even ask for domestic upgrade, unless it's a flight over 5 hrs.

There are loads of good people out there working to serve you, the passenger, don't hesitate to ask!  Smile



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User currently offlinePlaneLuver From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10781 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 18):
3) I'm too tall/big for an economy seat, therefore I need to be upgraded

hey that's a perfect excuse!  Smile it's not my fault i'm too tall for those cramped economy seats. haha.


User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10750 times:

Well, no one "deserves" First Class or Business Elite. However, as my now deceased father-in-law would tell me, "You have not because you ask not." Never hurts to ask. And on the flip side, does anyone "deserve" economy?

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10668 times:

I make a conscious effort to be well dressed (collared dress shirt, slacks, decent shoes) and have an excellent attitude for every flight -- partially because I would like to be upgraded and partially because I feel like I'm single-handedly fighting the "white trash" look that's becomming so common-- or at least averaging it to become "casual".

I also make a point of volunteering to take a later flight /before volunteers are requested/ if the flight is looking fairly full.

Being civil never hurts and is much more likely to get you anything in life than being a demanding prick about it.

Of the two times I've been upgraded--

#1 - NW DC-10 DTW-LAX ~1999/2000 - I was about 15, wearing shorts and a wrinkled T-shirt. Have absolutely no idea how I got upgraded (didn't even find out until I was on the plane looking for my seat).

#2 - CO 737-700 LAX-CLE 2005 - Wearing dressier clothing. Had volunteered to take a later flight; turns out my seat wasn't needed after all but the agent upgraded me as a 'thank you'

Number of times I've tried enquiring about the cost of an upgrade - 5. Number of times I've been upgraded 0. Number of times I've been quoted a full F fare - 2.

Number of times I've asked outright for an upgrade (or asked "if there was any room up front") - 3. Number of times I've been told "we can't do that" - 2. Number of times I've been told "would be more than happy to, but F is full" - 1 (and F was, indeed full).

Asking is not likely to endear you to the agent. The only times I've done it was when (a) I was feelihg really lucky [this is why I don't gamble], (b) When I was in Vegas [and was in a gambling mood], and (c) when I was young[er] and stupid[er].



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User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10651 times:

A few years I was flying standby with AC out of heathrow. I was only ever going to be entitled to economy, what with being an interline customer. When I got given my boarding pass the despatcher actually apologised for not being able to seat me in economy. I thought this was remarkable. Business was full, in fact he had given the very last seat on the flight.

On the whole when I have been flying non-revenue I have always been treated superbly, both by ground staff and cabin and flight crew, whether or not I have managed to travel up front.



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User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10647 times:

You would never be upgraded to F straight from Y normally only into the next cabin.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 18):
He slumps away, completely red-faced and ends up in check-in 99.

LMAO that was funny and love the reasons for upgrades, I must have heard those so many times already.

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25 Uniuniunium : Please elaborate on this!
26 Post contains images Lincoln : Domestic flights on US carriers, "F" usually is the next cabin [It is debateable if it can truly be called "First" as opposed to "Business" or "Busin
27 Post contains images BA0284 : I was upgraded to first class on BA flight to SFO with no reason what so ever!! I checked into Business the day before online and turned up at "bag dr
28 PresRDC : I'm Executive Platinum with AA and am eligible for free upgrades on North American flights, with the upgrade window opening 100 hours prior to departu
29 LGWspeedbird : Didn't know that thanks. We did that at LGW for our ATL pax, this was to help on the day of the flight when it was oversold.
30 Skyguy : An ex AA agent once told me that they had the power as gate agents to do whatever they wanted with passengers, upgrade them, upgrade their travelling
31 Bridogger6 : It was funny.. when our recently started redeye to ATL flight began out of PHX we had one night where there were only two people booked in first class
32 SKA380 : Hmm, i think noone here has mentioned that they "deserve" to get upgraded. But like has been said here "if you dont ask, you dont get", worst case sc
33 Columbia107 : Once at LGW my wife and I arrived at the gate to board the aircraft to Bermuda on our way back to the island after being home for my niece's wedding a
34 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Your wife's Silver card will be it From my readings on Flyertalk it appears Silvers get upgraded more frequently than Golds and have a very good succ
35 AJRfromSYR : If I'm not flying my frequent carrier and need an upgrade on a fairly long flight, I have been able multiple times to check my baggage with a red cap
36 Aerofan : and this is why, it makes me ashamed to be in the industry-when i hear comments like this from my fellow airlilne employees. the funny thing is i bet
37 Post contains images ALB2ATL : The past 10/11 legs on UA (all ALB-ORD) were F and I never paid a dime! The first time it happened, I was booked on US ORD-PHL-ALB, but missed the 45m
38 YUL2010 : This is what I do as a gate agent. If the flight is NOT overbooked, then the only pax I upgrade are our frequent flyers who have the correct upgrade v
39 Midwest717 : My parents were once upgraded on a US BOS-CLT flight because their earlier flight was cancelled. My mom gave this big sob story to the ticket agent ab
40 AJRfromSYR : Sounds like there are a bunch of agents on a power trip...
41 YUL2010 : not really... but some employees take advantage of free travel... It's all about being discreet.
42 Post contains images Aerofan : yul2010, there are therapists available you know. am sure they can recommend some sort of medication for your condition. here is how we do it at my st
43 AJRfromSYR : But if there is an empty seat in first I don't see why not give it to a non-rev? I once tried to get upgraded on a AA767 through the agent in Chicago,
44 ARGinLON : Do you find asking politely for an upgrade on a long haul flight taking advantage of free travel? Why????? I don't really get it, sorry... I agree.
45 Ken777 : Free upgrades are one of the reasons why I'm loyal to an airline and alliance. It's simply a situation where you are loyal to them and they return the
46 Rdwelch : I think our CUSTOMER SERVICE Agents/Coordinators need to under go some CUSTOMER SERVICE re-training. The non-revs are customers too. Yes I know, a cer
47 Swatpamike : Hello all Please let me know the name of any Red Cap that does this for you in PHX. I will let my co-workers in PHX know ASAP. Sorry, can't write any
48 BHXFAOTIPYYC : I was upped on 2 of 6 flights on TP because I was a frequent flyer, which made me smile as I had only joined Victoria the night before. My company sel
49 Swatpamike : Hello all again When I non-rev, I just sit down and shut up. If it happens it happens. The last few time to Europe I have purchased tickets because th
50 Post contains images ARGinLON : Who flies from LGA to LHR? Hootersair?
51 AirTran737 : I am not in any way bitter. Non-revs need to remember that they are flying for free and that it is a privilege not a right. I will always upgrade the
52 Post contains images USAFHummer : He also said he was flying AC, so I think its a safe bet he's going through YYZ or YUL Greg
53 Snaiks : yes, it is possible, it happened to me in 2004 in DL traveling between PTY and ATL, august is high season for airlines traveling to the us mainly beca
54 Post contains images Swatpamike : Hello all Cheers swatpamike
55 Mlsrar : I've got to agree that the concept of asking is not patently wrong. However, the expectation that you are entitled to an upgrade on the basis of dress
56 YUL2010 : Ok, what did I say exactly to deserve that? 2 scenarios with AC. If flight is open, non-revs will get a seat at check-in in economy and it stays that
57 Wdleiser : If I were to ask that when flying Non Rev on LH with my mom, I wouldnt be flying that day or for a long time. So, his attitude is correct. If their a
58 Ramprat980 : Have you ever heard of the phrase "professional courtesy" ? And why shoot someone down just for asking.
59 LH459 : I used to fly AD90 with UA and AD75 or AD100 with DL. I always dressed up, and was upgraded without asking roughly 75% of the time. The other 25% of t
60 ContnlEliteCMH : Hey bud, I don't know about you, but that wider seat with more recline is niiiiice. It's especially nice when it's well forward of the engines. It's
61 Swatpamike : Hello all I think your last statement sums it up. Ticket agents have a responsibility to take care of paying customers FIRST. To many non-revs have lo
62 Post contains images UAalltheway : Tried it many times. Never works.. even with the airline's own T-shirt.
63 AerorobNZ : Not it isn't when I can be dismissed for upgrading someone that isn't entitled, especially staff travelling on an ID ticket. Sorry to burst your bubb
64 COEWR2587 : I recently purchased a Y class round trip ticket from EWR-PVR-EWR in April for about $800 and on both legs got the Elite Y fare upgrade. Roundtrip F c
65 Post contains images Indio66 : Why am I not suprised that there is a "system" like this in Philly . .
66 Flygbear : I think this has to do with the type of station and the check-in and/or gate agent. While working at a small station for a major US carrier the agents
67 GOCAPS16 : Another advantage for upgrades is you're the first ones to get off the plane. Most of my CONUS flights are in first class. (Time to shine myself, I'm
68 GeorgiaAME : Okay boys, get the flame throwers at the ready. March, 2005. Delta from Atlanta to Gatwick, Alitalia return via Rome Fiumicino (I had to have dinner a
69 Jumbojet : i enjoy them to, platinum this year with Delta but its not all its cracked up to be. It certainly isn't what it used to be back in the day, that is f
70 Post contains images ExFATboy : Actually, it is a great attitude to have...if there are upgrades available, they should go to paying customers, not coworkers who are flying non-rev.
71 RutherfordAir : Yeah dude agents do have the authority to do such, but remember if youre annoying them or are "demanding" that they check for you then you probably wi
72 Indio66 : My most memorable event, I was 18 flying home from Cleveland to college in IND in January 1989 - Pan Am. I must have been on a high fair ticket (my fa
73 BR715-A1-30 : Recently, when I flew FL back to MKE (Just last week), I got a free upgrade... Not because I asked for one, but I walked up to the gate agent (I had m
74 Paul : Well I am leaving for the Airport in about 20 minutes to fly Madrid- Malaga to visit a chum of mine in Puerta Banus. Life on a yacht is so hard. lol I
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