MONARCH
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Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:27 am

Hi,Myself and my mum are flying from LHR - JFK with BA on 14 December to do xmas shopping. I would like to know what to do about upgrading. We have got seats in WT, but we would like them in WTP. We would have booked them, but BA Travel Shops wanted an extra £490 per person.Would they charge this much on the day of travel? If not do you have any idea on how much they would charge? Or if possilble maybe upgrade us for free?Many thanksMonarch.
 
vc10
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:34 am

If you want to be upgraded it is simply just pay the price. I never understand why people expect to get something for nothing from an airline. why should the airline upgrade you for free if they are not at fault, and it is not fair on the other passengers who have paid the full price

regards little vc10
 
MONARCH
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:50 am

An extra £1000 is a lot of £££ to upgrade for an extra 7 inches of leg room. If is was to pay that then my bill would have been £1994 for 3 nights and fares.As a person said in a post some time ago, an airline would rather accept some money than losing revenue on an empty seat. I don't know if this is true. Also, are these flights normally busy???
 
artsyman
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:54 am

As a person said in a post some time ago, an airline would rather accept some money than losing revenue on an empty seat

It was me that commented on this before, I do not know if it applies to transatlantics, but ask at the gate if you can pay an upgrade, or ask the purser. They may or may not allow it. Make sure you are willing to pay for it, otherwise don't ask. I imagine that it will be less on board than in advance.

Jeremy
 
Greg
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 4:02 am

Artsy is right.
And BA is notoriously stingy with upgrades!

I've learned domestically and on inter-Europe flights that if you ask for if there is any promotional fare available for the upgrade you would be interested if there are unsold seats.

Note...do this at the check in counter...not the gate. They generally cannot process any payments at the gate check-in desks and in many cases they do not have the authority to make the change.

Brgds.
 
aussiestu
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 5:08 am


And BA is notoriously stingy with upgrades............and so they should be. Why upgrade at all, pay the price and then you travel in that cabin. If i was paying to fly WT+, CW or F and some one was sitting beside me and the conversation went that they had been upgraded because they complained, asked, knew a crew member or what ever then i would be on that phone to the CEO demanding an explanation and my own upgrade the next time i flew. You pay and get what you pay for. Upgrades when cabins are completely full can be excused as the airline runs the risk of complaints from fare paying passengers in that cabin but when the loads are light or there is no need for it then as the fare paying passenger in that cabin you demand an explanation. If BA is stingy with upgrades it is for a very good reason and i for one totally agree with this policy.
 
G-CIVP
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 5:28 am

I'll just add, I believe it also depends where you purchased the ticket from. If you purchase it from a 'bucket shop', forget it.

At the end of the day, Club pax and alike are paying a premium for the additional features that service provides.
 
artsyman
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 5:34 am

Note...do this at the check in counter...not the gate. They generally cannot process any payments at the gate check-in desks and in many cases they do not have the authority to make the change.

While I am sure Greg knows better than me on this as he flies BA across the pond all the time, I actually found that on the Euro flights, I got nowhere at the check-in counter, nowhere at the ticket desk, but only got joy at the gate and on the plane itself.

On the GB Airways (who operate BA flights) internal system, it says to process these on board with the purser.

Aussiestu wrote...and so they should be. Why upgrade at all, pay the price and then you travel in that cabin.

Well part of the price you pay is to gaurantee your seat, if most business men were told the fare would be 1000 dollars less if they relied on there being space on the day for them to get an upgrade, I still think most would pay the full fare to be sure that they get the seat

Jeremy



 
Sean-SAN-
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 5:53 am

It's not that long of a flight, and WT isn't that bad.. They're playing "XxX" this month, so sit back, watch the PTV, and save your money. Free upgrades due to oversold flights almost always ONLY occur when people are traveling solo, or maybe with one additional person -- upgrading a whole family would be an unneeded hassle.

-Sean

 
MONARCH
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 10:06 pm

Thanks for your advice, I can only try, but I will offer money for the upgrades. I brought the vacation through British Airways Travel Shops.Oh well if we can't get upgraded we are going to Paris in Februrary flying Club Europe. What is this service like?ThanksMonarch
 
artsyman
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RE: Upgrading With BA

Sat Dec 07, 2002 10:19 pm

Oh well if we can't get upgraded we are going to Paris in Februrary flying Club Europe. What is this service like?

I liked it, but it is a long long way from Transatlantic or other longhauls. No pre-departure drinks, the seats, while a little larger don't have foot rests, and the meals while good are still well short of what you would get on longhaul.

For me, (who recently upgraded to Club Europe on LGW>ALC>LGW) the benefit was the extra space and drinks at a faster pace. As a regular Continental airlines flier, the Club Europe is similar to Domestic first class on a domestic config plane. I fly Businessfirst LGW>IAH>LGW a lot, and Club Europe and Domestic first is a long long way from Businessfirst.

Jeremy