DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8821 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
Pay up to a K fare (if there are seats still available in the K inventory) and you'll be able to...many times, I've seen that K fares on domestic flights are only $10-20 more than an L, $30-40 more than a U. Of course, it depends on availability of upgrades, as all Medallions will be higher on an upgrade list than any non-elite. Soem routes are pretty hard to get a Medallion upgrade on, let alone a paid standby upgrade.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8821 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1390 times:
Whenever I've had to buy a K fare, I've called SMS (it's normally so I can have a companion upgrade).
As for upgrades, I'm a FO and am 1/2 this year on trans-con upgrades...I got the last upgrade on a Saturday afternoon ATL-LAS, while the return red-eye I was around number 10 on the upgrade list...only one Platinum got upgraded on that flight (F had 23 out of 24 passengers as revenue customers).
LAS is a tough airport to upgrade to...lots of conventions there, and a popular place to buy F fares (due to FL competing on the route, A fares are pretty cheap), so it's tough to upgrade into LAS.