xaapb
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Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:52 am

Anyone knows how much are the upgrades to first class on international routes?
I'm flying with COA on Dec.28th MEX-EWR and back on Jan.1st EWR-MEX
Thanks in Advance
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:06 am

If you are using mileage, it depends on the fare level of the ticket that you purchased. Other than that, I do not believe CO offers the opportunity on international flights to pay for an upgrade without paying the fare difference in a F ticket and the one you have.
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artsyman
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:59 am

EWR-MEX is a domestic flight as far as upgrades go. If you are elite with Continental, this is a free upgrade (obviously cleared by status, plats, then golds, then silvers etc).
 
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:28 am

Using miles and paying the difference in fare are the only ways to upgrade on CO...they don't have a flat rate program like other airlines do. Maybe someday...however they like the extra revenue better I"m sure...lol
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:45 am

Maybe someday...however they like the extra revenue better I"m sure...lol
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Or maybe they prefer the loyal customer base that enjoys unlimited free upgrades. There are only a handful of folks on this board that revenue fly as much as I do, and I can tell you that free upgrades is a very nice perk.

I have flown more or less very day this year, and on my Continental flights, I have only had 5 flights that were not upgraded. I do accept that upgrades are pretty tough on the EWR-LAX-EWR leg, but outside of that, I have had little in the way of problems.

I am elite on most of the major carriers also, and they all have benefits and detriments.

Upgrades:
Continental, DL, NW give them for free for all elite levels. United charges you for them, American charges for everyone except for Exec Platinum (over 100k).

Baggage:
Continental, United are free up to 70lbs, American, and pretty much everyone else charges you for anything over 50lbs

Food:
Continental feeds me in one way or another on pretty much every flight. I do not believe I have ever been fed in coach on United, American, Delta, Northwest etc.
 
xaapb
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:29 am

I have the Continental Airlines One Pass Card, I don't have many miles, only 4000 plus the ones that I'm going to get for MEX-MFE-MEX before de EWR flight.
So do you think that with my card I can get an upgrade for my dad and my sister?
Greetings.
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:37 am

Quoting XAAPB (Reply 5):
I have the Continental Airlines One Pass Card, I don't have many miles, only 4000 plus the ones that I'm going to get for MEX-MFE-MEX before de EWR flight.
So do you think that with my card I can get an upgrade for my dad and my sister?

They will not give it to you for free as you are a normal One Pass member. The only way of getting one is if there is availability and you are paying one of the top Y fares and have miles to pay for it.

So you have almost the same chance of getting an upgrade than the rest of the plane flying in Y has. And that is really close to Cero.
 
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:43 am

I used my OnePass miles to upgrade to Business/First from GLA - EWR - MCO.

It cost me 40,000 miles for return trip plus $600 plus the cost of ticket. In total is was approx £1000 for seat. Going again in Dec and I just booked flight from website as they had specials on and return trip is £1,300 approx $2.366 at todays exchange rate, as we are not on this planet for long and I like a bit of comfort .... what the hell.
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xaapb
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:58 am

Well I guess I'm screw, so anyway I will ask at the airport about the upgrade.
Thanks
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:47 am

Quoting XAAPB (Reply 8):
Well I guess I'm screw, so anyway I will ask at the airport about the upgrade.
Thanks

You can ask all you want.

An upgrade will not come your way unless you either

a) fork out the money
b) become elite overnight (& that seats are still available)
c) are travelling on a very high fare bucket

Remember that upgrades do come at a cost for an airline (which is amortised in the case of US Airlines by frequent travellers loyalty or people who paid nearly as much as a BusinessFirst/First class ticket). Whenever it does need to happen (or is indeed a benefit) it goes out to:

-Elite members or people who have spent a lot on their ticket (according to fare class).

They won't upgrade anyone else who doesn't fit into either of the above unless the flight is overbooked. In that case, upgrades will continue to happen by fare class.

However the chances of that happening and you (and your family) being upgraded are (unfortunately for you) pretty near to 0.
 
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 4):
Or maybe they prefer the loyal customer base that enjoys unlimited free upgrades. There are only a handful of folks on this board that revenue fly as much as I do, and I can tell you that free upgrades is a very nice perk.

Indeed! However I hear CO elites complain all the time now they aren't getting upgraded as much anymore...the cabins are more full. Our FC standy list is incredible...checked in full to 8 say...and at least 8 on the list waiting for a seat.....there's a lot of elite members out there now..lol.
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artsyman
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:13 pm

there's a lot of elite members out there now..lol.
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The balance of elites has not changed on a yearly basis, the only change happens within the active year. By the time you get to the 4th quarter of the year, many have now qualified for top tier, but as soon as you hit February again, all the elites that did not requalify drop off.

I have read lots about elites complaining about lack of upgrades, but every single elite that I know personally (and it is a lot), is getting upgraded pretty much every flight.

Over on flyertalk, you read many complaining stating that they are Plat, and have not had one upgrade for the year, but when you get into it, they fly International all the time, and their only attempts at upgrades are the transcons. You often find when you did deeper that they are not plat, but were a few years ago.

My experience has been that as a silver, I was upgraded about 40% of the time, as Gold about 60% of the time, and as plat over 90% of the time.
 
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RE: Continental Upgrade To First Question.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:50 pm

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 11):
I have read lots about elites complaining about lack of upgrades, but every single elite that I know personally (and it is a lot), is getting upgraded pretty much every flight.

I guess it depends on the city too...we have a TON of elite members in TUS...and we generally only get the 737-500, which makes it harder to get upgraded.
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