Triley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
This is probably a dumb question but here goes. I am Platinum Elite w/ CO and usually enjoy the free upgrades with CO and NW. I cashed in some miles for a trip to Europe next month flying CO and NW. I'm flying NW from LAX-EWR via DTW and then on to LGW with CO. Flying back from AMS-LAX via EWR. Is there any chance I will be upgraded even though I am using reward travel? I know it probably won't happen on the international segments but what about the domestic segments?
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1221 times:
An upgrade from a free ticket is very unlikely...........however, you are flying on very busy routes and there is always a chance that the economy section will be oversold. Let the gate agent know (for each segment) that you are plantinum elite, in that case, if it is necessary for some coach pax to be upgraded to business due to an oversell situation, you will be among the first to be upgraded, even if you are flying for free. Its a longshot, but you never know, as you are flying busy routes during the peak of the tourist season; even with the downturn in traffic, many transatlantic flights are packed these days.
IAH_EWR From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
Though I personally have no experience with this, I believe I have read that NW elites can be upgraded on reward tickets. Since you are flying on NW for several of your segments, you might actually have a shot. You might call NW and see what their policy is.