Blingbling From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1291 times:
Hey - I am a gold memeber of AA Advantage and I just booked coach tickets from AUS-BOS in November 2001.
I looked at the seating charts on AA.com, and they showed that First -class was completely empty on every single flight I am taking. Is this normal, is first class normally hardly booked 2 months before a flight?
From your experience, do I hav ea good shot at getting upgraded? With the gold card, and seeing no one in first class, I was thinking I had a pretty good chance. But, the date is still far away.
Thanks for any hints, tips, answers, or recommendations.
Traveler From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 241 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
I have often been upgraded in Business or First. You have to have a great smile, be polite, arrive as early as possible and ask who you should speak to in case they say they can't do anything about it.
Furthermore, take a llok at the staff before going to the counter and find someone who you think may upgrade you
Madmax From United States of America, joined May 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
BlingBling: Nice name, You have an ok chance of getting in 1st w/gold. Much better if you were plat or execplat. The reason you see 1st is empty is because most people that fly in 1st are waiting for the time 72-24 hrs before the flight that they can get upgraded, doing the same thing your doing. Also i doubt aa feels like updating their seating charts online is important. Hope this helps.
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
First Class also fills up near departure time with last minute travelers (business travelers) who either have to buy a first class ticket since coach is full or pay full fare and get upgraded for that reason.
On American, upgrades are much more likely if you were a higher frequent flyer elite level member than Gold.