I was happy to receive an upgrade the other day from ORD-DCA and am trying to speculate why I got it. The flight was packed with at least 20 standbys.
I was traveling on a company travel pass with eligibility marked "positive space- business" I had an interview at HQ. Something about that made me eligible for an upgrade.
The ticket agent at ORD could not figure how to get me standby for an earlier flight. She spent close to 30 minutes working on it. I was very patient and just waited quietly and let her do her work. Is there a chance she flagged me for an upgrade because she is used to people flipping out when they have to wait so long? (PS I didn't make the standby flight after finally getting on the list)
Did either of these situations allow me to get the upgrade?