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Should I Give My Upgrade To My Boss?  
User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 565 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Hi Everyone,

Kind of a wierd one, but thought you all might have some interesting insight. Here's the deal.

In the next couple of months I will be traveling a lot with my boss. When we fly domestically, we are positive space in economy and get space available upgrades to first based on time of check in. If I get upgraded and he doesn't, should I give up my first class seat to him? My boss is a really cool guy and I don't think he would really 'expect' me to give it to him, but I do feel somewhat obligated. Just wondering if it's in poor taste not to offer considering he has 30 years seniority compared to my 2. If they call my name for an upgrade it's a split second decision. Any gate agents out there every see this sort of thing? You'd be suprised how many times there is only 1 seat left and two pax waiting. What would you do?(Again, I know this is lame, but really want to see what anyone has to say.)

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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Give it to Anet member Bill Reid, since he obviously doesn't like NRSA's getting upgrades.  Big grin

User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

LOL!!! Problem solved! Thanks.

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

Whose paying for the ticket? It would probably show some class if it's his company footing the bill and you offer him the ticket since he's paying.

If he's as cool as you say and you offer it to him, he'll probably insist that you take it.


User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

My boss and I swap back and forth. It's nice to have a relationship like that. Of course, we always book window seats in the exit rows anyway so there is a goodly amount of space to do work, read, sleep, doodle, etc.

User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

Quoting FSPilot747 (Reply 3):
Whose paying for the ticket?

Good question. We work for a European carrier, so it's a confirmed ticket through and interline agreement. So the price of the tickets doesn't come out of our budget.


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1608 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

I agree with Jcavinato -- rotate the upgrades. That way you can demonstrate that you are not only cool -- but fair. See if the boss can top that!

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

If he's anything like my boss, HELL NO, but if you gave it to him, he might cut you some slack down the road. No matter what advise you get here, I have a feeling you'll give it to him anyways  biggrin .

User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2114 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5472 times:

Quoting LHUSA (Thread starter):
Should I Give My Upgrade To My Boss?

What does she look like?

Oh, nevermind I just read the rest of the post. I would consider doing it from time to time but don't feel obligated. Something like "Hey, I got upgraded last time, do you want this one?"


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

Quoting LHUSA (Thread starter):
If I get upgraded and he doesn't, should I give up my first class seat to him

If you get along well.Why not.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5298 times:

I recently flew with my boss and 2 colleagues from SFO to LHR.

I got upgraded at the gate...

and thought bugger em ! I took the seat leaving them in the back.

For them it was their first time on UA, and first ever true 10hour+ long haul...



They still make fun of me for it and I still point out.. I got the upgrade as Ive cut my metal on that route over a dozen times and turned up to work next morning...and they moan and moan and moan having only ever done it once and didnt get upgraded...

For the record.. if it would have been the other way round..

My boss would have jumped on the upgrade and I would still be hearing now how it was his social standing and seniority that got him upgraded... UA proudly helping me bring my boss down a peg or two.



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

Offer him the upgrade.

It 's a good test, if he takes it then you have confirmed that he is a chump.
(but you may already know the answer to that)

Tod


User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5054 times:
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Do you arrive at the airport at the same time, and therefore have an equal chance of getting an upgrade?

If there is a reason you would get selected over him (e.g. you get there first) -- then I say no, except now and then if you get a bunch in a row w/o him, it would be a nice gesture.

If there is no reason you would get it over him (e.g. just random), then yes, i think it's nice to trade-off.

I've been in the same situation many times before -- either with elite upgrades or when traveling space positive like you. On one or two occasions, I've been in F and my boss has been in Y. Usually I don't know he's not up front until I see him walk down the aisle and go into the back....it can be akward, but my bosses have always been pretty cool and once in a while it isn't going to hurt you (but be careful, because with some bosses, even once WILL hurt you, so you have to make a call on his personality).

Just my thoughts...


User currently offlineDLBOIFIN From Finland, joined Jun 2006, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

LHUSA,

Did I understood correctly that you work for an airline? If so, is the policy really so that the upgrade is based on he check-in time, not on the seniority? In "my" airline all upgrades are based purely on seniority so if my boss hass less years of service than me, I would get the upgrade no matter what time I and he check-in.

Cheers,

DB


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Well, it oftens happens to me...either with my Fiance or a colleague. In both cases neither of us take the upgrade if the other also doesn't get it.

You are talking about domestic flights, where apart from coast-coast, the flight times are probably 1-2 hours. If my boss was cool I'd rather refuse the upgrade and chat with him in coach, rather than sit next to someone I don't know for an hour and risk some kind of attitude issue.

Now...for an international flight it's a different matter.


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4977 times:

I would say if you like him and have a good relationship, offer him the upgrade - it shows a little respect and will go a long way.

At my job, there are 7 of us on the account team. We all travelled together recently, and the most senior of us all has no status on DL what so ever, while three of us were Medallion.

My immediate supervisor just jumped at the chance to get into F-class as did another coworker. I, however went over to our Global Director and basically said - "Hey, I got upgraded, would you like to sit up front so you don't have to be uncomfy in the back" (he's a tall guy) He declined, responding with "You've earned it, but thanks a lot for asking"

Three months later, when it was raise/review time, I got an extra $3K above what the company was giving to my level because he fought for it. I know $3K isn't a lot, but it was definitely a nice "Thank You"



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

Thanks for the responses everyone! Some really good thoughts and ideas. I'm sure after all the angst, that all of our flights will check in full in F anyway and we'll both be sitting in Y. If anything interesting happens though, I'll be sure to write a trip report.

Quoting DLBOIFIN (Reply 13):
Did I understood correctly that you work for an airline?

Yes, we do, however when we fly domestically we are not on our airline. So, all space aviailable upgrades are based on time of check-in. I'm always early, he's always late.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 15):
Three months later, when it was raise/review time, I got an extra $3K above what the company was giving to my level because he fought for it. I know $3K isn't a lot, but it was definitely a nice "Thank You"

I will send you the details of my paypal account shortly, feel free to make a small deposit!  

[Edited 2006-08-18 19:45:28]

User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 1):
Give it to Anet member Bill Reid, since he obviously doesn't like NRSA's getting upgrades.

 Big grin  Big grin  Big grin

Lucky you that you get upgrades! I would ask my boss if I got upgraded if he wants to sit upfront.

Depending on the relation of course.


User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

I think you should offer it, but that he should refuse your offer...

Does it matter the arrival time to the airport? if you get earlier you have better chance for an upgrade?


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8677 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

Give it to him as others have said. If he gets upgraded on the way back, he'lll give it to you if he's a good boss.

Quoting LHUSA (Reply 16):
I'm always early,

Its the same for my dad and I at the airport. When we go to ELM, I'll get upgraded on the MCO-PHL b/c of my plat stats. Whenever I go somewhere with a boss, I usually give all my extra food I get from the f/a's. In return I get pampered. So good luck.

MCOflyer



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
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