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User currently offlineBillaskier From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 13 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

Happy New Year!

I was on US Airways' website and noticed a program called GO Upgrades...has anyone ever used this program before? I looks like as long as there is an open 1st class set, you pay a fee and you get upgraded...it seems to good to be true. I'm traveling BOS-SJU next week and would love to use this seeing I got a STEAL on my tickets.

Any insight?

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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7481 times:



Quoting Billaskier (Thread starter):
Happy New Year!

I was on US Airways' website and noticed a program called GO Upgrades...has anyone ever used this program before? I looks like as long as there is an open 1st class set, you pay a fee and you get upgraded...it seems to good to be true. I'm traveling BOS-SJU next week and would love to use this seeing I got a STEAL on my tickets.

Never used it on the web, but when offered the option to upgrade at check-in, I usually take it, as it is attractively priced.


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7459 times:

it's been around for awhile.

You pay a certain fee depending on the amount of miles your flight is.

0-500 is 50 bucks
501-100 is 100
etc.

I don't know if that is the exact numbers but its pretty close. You can also use it for international upgrades as well. If you really want to make sure you get a seat in first class, you can call reservations i believe 36 hours before a flight to try to and purchase a go upgrade. As stated above I always take it, as its a quite cheap way to get upgraded.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8868 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7367 times:

I've done it on my one US Airways flight that wasn't on an RJ after I lost my elite status with US. Paid $50, upgraded on a LAS-SAN flight (partially worth it due to the fact that it allowed me to use the F line at LAS security instead of waiting in the much longer regular line).

User currently offlineMMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7241 times:

I've used it several times, quite a good program particularly on the longer and transcon flights, if you want the extra space. There is even a $500 option for transatlantic Envoy class which can be a very good deal, I've used that a few times as well which is well worth it if you can afford it .You can make the upgrade starting 24 hours prior to departure, not sure if that is possible online or you have to call the reservations center, or you can just take your chances at the airport. Of course this means if you are on a busy route with lots of FF's you might be out of luck as they all get the upgrades first (I believe).

Good luck!


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9108 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7225 times:



Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 2):
it's been around for awhile.

You pay a certain fee depending on the amount of miles your flight is.

0-500 is 50 bucks
501-100 is 100
etc.

I'll be damned! (I think you ment 1 thousand instead of 100 tho?  Wink)

I wonder how much an upgrade would be to go across the Atlantic...



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User currently offlineMMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7200 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 5):

I wonder how much an upgrade would be to go across the Atlantic...

$500 one way.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

Domestic/Canada:
0-500 Miles - $50
501-1000 Miles - $100
1001 and up - $150

Carribean/Mexco/Alaska - $150 - $250

Europe Y to C- $500

Europe C to Envoy Sleeper - $300

GoUpgrades can be purchased up to 24 hours prior to departure.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7058 times:



Quoting Billaskier (Thread starter):
I was on US Airways' website and noticed a program called GO Upgrades...has anyone ever used this program before? I looks like as long as there is an open 1st class set, you pay a fee and you get upgraded...it seems to good to be true. I'm traveling BOS-SJU next week and would love to use this seeing I got a STEAL on my tickets.



Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 2):
You can also use it for international upgrades as well.

Sounds like a similar program Delta has been running for a couple years now. If there are first class seats available, you can purchase the upgrade. Most of the shorter flights in the US are usually either $50 or $75. Carribean out of Atlanta is $100. Can't do it on international though.

I heard US make this call on my flight with them from ORF-CLT. It was a 737 so I passed. When I got on, i'm glad I did. The seats looked like they were out of the 80's and they were very dirty.



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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7015 times:



Quoting Billaskier (Thread starter):

I was on US Airways' website and noticed a program called GO Upgrades...has anyone ever used this program before?

I've used it on PHL-DUB in both directions to bump my wife from economy up to Envoy class. Well worth the money (we've got kids). Just call them 23 h 59 m before your flight to have the maximum chance of getting one. You do have to do it by phone (or, I suppose, in person at the airport) but US Airways reservations was fast and helpful on the phone.

Tom.


User currently offlineStevenG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

Interesting, but does this program only apply to the highest or full-fare booking classes in Economy (like B,M,Y)?

Apart from the extra miles on your FF-program, is it worth the extra money on flights to/from the Caribbean destinations when it comes to seat comfort for example? Probably later on this year I might fly to SXM from PHL.

Does anyone know if the extra miles from this program could also be booked on the miles&more account (Lufthansa) ?


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8868 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6971 times:



Quoting StevenG (Reply 10):
Interesting, but does this program only apply to the highest or full-fare booking classes in Economy (like B,M,Y)?

Apart from the extra miles on your FF-program, is it worth the extra money on flights to/from the Caribbean destinations when it comes to seat comfort for example? Probably later on this year I might fly to SXM from PHL.

Does anyone know if the extra miles from this program could also be booked on the miles&more account (Lufthansa) ?

Program can be used on any paid, published US Airways fare. I was in the lowest fare bucket on my LAS-SAN flight and had no problem.

As for FF programs, that is irrelevant to Go Upgrades. You can be a member of any *A program (or not even a member of any FF program) and you can still do it. You don't get any bonus miles or anything - the miles earned are based on your original fare class.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 8):
Sounds like a similar program Delta has been running for a couple years now. If there are first class seats available, you can purchase the upgrade. Most of the shorter flights in the US are usually either $50 or $75. Carribean out of Atlanta is $100. Can't do it on international though.

Delta's is a bit more restrictive - they only allow upgrades on Y/B/M/H/Q fares (I believe they discontinued K fares a few months ago on this program) - in any case, L/U/T (cheapest) fares have never been allowed to partake in this program.

In both the US and DL cases, elites (who get free upgrades in each program) get first crack, followed by elite companions, then paid upgrades, then non-revs.


User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6894 times:



Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 7):
Carribean/Mexco/Alaska - $150 - $250

That can get a bit frustrating, I remember some paying upgrades to first for DCA-NAS thinking they would get a nice meal and extra service. Well I was Non-Rev in First anyway, but I heard them complaining cause the service was just snack and drinks, no meal service on even return as well. It barely creeps above 2 hours flight time. I think a meal would have been appropriate since its a international flight and they shoudl better cater first class



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6866 times:



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 6):
Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 5):

I wonder how much an upgrade would be to go across the Atlantic...

$500 one way.

That is a rip off. I've paid much less to upgrade into business on UA transatlantic.

Quoting Malaysia (Reply 12):


Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 7):
Carribean/Mexco/Alaska - $150 - $250

That can get a bit frustrating, I remember some paying upgrades to first for DCA-NAS thinking they would get a nice meal and extra service. Well I was Non-Rev in First anyway, but I heard them complaining cause the service was just snack and drinks, no meal service on even return as well. It barely creeps above 2 hours flight time. I think a meal would have been appropriate since its a international flight and they shoudl better cater first class

That's odd. I've upgraded DCA-MIA on AA, and we at least got a hot snack.


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9108 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6838 times:



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 13):
Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 6):
Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 5):

I wonder how much an upgrade would be to go across the Atlantic...

$500 one way.

That is a rip off. I've paid much less to upgrade into business on UA transatlantic.

That does seem a bit much. That might as well be the original first class price for that matter... So an upgrade would cost a thousand dollars...

Do you remember exactly what the upgrade at UA was?



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6815 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 14):
Do you remember exactly what the upgrade at UA was?

$250.00 IAD-LHR


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9108 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6806 times:



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 15):
$250.00 IAD-LHR

Good enough for me!! I'd go for it!! Big grin



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