jwmd123
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BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:42 pm

Hi All

Did a search on this and nothing really answered my question.

Looking at DXB later in the year and will probably book WT+.

My question is if I look for an upgrade to Business. I don't expect it for free and would be willing to pay.

However say there are a number of business class seats available and an hour and half before the flight I was to go up to the BA desk and look for an upgrade, would they charge me the full whack to upgrade or would they discount it on the basis of so many seats left in business and I am willing to pay?

Is it all down to luck and who you get at the BA desk????

Just curious.
 
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:55 pm

I don't think BA does this, it is full price. I think they tend to do this to protect the integrity/value of there premium product.
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fbgdavidson
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:59 pm

At LHR you'll probably be re-directed towards ticketing and get the whole itinerary re-priced. At a lot of US outstations you can snaffle upgrades for dirt cheap, I read on Flyertalk about someone doing J-F for $400 on DFW-LHR!

There used to be an option to upgrade on board and it was essentially a fixed price pending catering and of course seat availability! I seem to recall hearing of a figure about £600 LHR-LAX one way. The Cabin Service Director would put the transaction through the duty free system and you'd get a receipt which you could use to claim back miles for the new cabin. HOWEVER, I think this in the process of going away, it might have done already!

I'd say your best bet would to just book Club World outright, at the moment there is a big sale on J fares and you can get DXB for just £1459 return which is pretty decent.
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:17 pm



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
HOWEVER, I think this in the process of going away, it might have done already!

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WAH64D
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:28 pm

Its very unlikely that there will be much J availability on DXB flights anyway. Any free ones are usually given to staff on Z fares.
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jwmd123
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:39 pm



Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 1):
I don't think BA does this, it is full price. I think they tend to do this to protect the integrity/value of there premium product.

Strange, given the straighten times we are in I thought that it might be something for BA to consider to increase revenue for a flight.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
At LHR you'll probably be re-directed towards ticketing and get the whole itinerary re-priced

I will be transferring from DUB so I would need to find out where I would be re-directed

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
I'd say your best bet would to just book Club World outright, at the moment there is a big sale on J fares and you can get DXB for just £1459 return which is pretty decent.

I was looking at this alright however need to convince my "significant other" and this part of the reason I was looking to do it at the airport. If I could get it cheaper at the airport, she might not complain!!!!!!!!

Quoting WAH64D (Reply 4):
Its very unlikely that there will be much J availability on DXB flights anyway. Any free ones are usually given to staff on Z fares.

Hard to guage at the moment, plently of availabilty at the moment but we still have 6 months to go so all could change
 
jacobin777
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:06 pm



Quoting JWMD123 (Thread starter):

Looking at DXB later in the year and will probably book WT+.

I'm flying LHR-DXB in a couple of weeks.

I purchased a WT ticket just a couple of days ago and according to the rules of my ticket. I can upgrade all the way to first if I wanted to. It was a "standard" ticket purchased on BA.com-(ie.non-refundable, etc). Of course, one would have to pay the difference in fares and possibly some fees.

The best way to find out is..

1-Look at fare rules of the ticket.
2-Call BA.
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tonystan
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:48 pm

Yup, no longer possible to upgrade onboard the aircraft!
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Speedbird2155
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:24 pm



Quoting WAH64D (Reply 4):
Any free ones are usually given to staff on Z fares.

BA Club seats aren't just 'given to staff'. If someone turns up at the airport and wants to pay to upgrade, then he/she can do that before check-in closes. Once check-in is closed, if there are staff waiting for seats, then BA will assign the seats to the staff, based on their priority. If seats in economy are available, then those will be assigned, if the staff member has an economy priority. If economy is full, then it will be the next class up and go like that. BA does not simply place staff in Club because there are seats.
 
theginge
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:38 pm



Quoting Speedbird2155 (Reply 8):
BA does not simply place staff in Club because there are seats.

Depends on the staff ticket, some are J or F priority.
 
richcandy
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:19 pm



Quoting Theginge (Reply 9):
Depends on the staff ticket, some are J or F priority.

I had this on a travel agents trip once. We had tickets that were confirmed in wtp but gave us a seat in club subject to space after check-in had closed.

I am flying to NYC next week with BA and booked via ba.com in economy. Today I got an email to say that I could upgrade to WTP for £400 rtn. I wonder if you book WTP and they have space do they send you an email the week before and say that you can upgrade to club for a set amount?
 
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RE: BA Upgrade Question

Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:28 am



Quoting JWMD123 (Reply 5):
Strange, given the straighten times we are in I thought that it might be something for BA to consider to increase revenue for a flight.

Why is that strange?

I was just on LH F FRA-DXB, where even at the FCT-plane car transfer a personal assistant informed I was the only one in F at check in, and that's still the case. Onboard, greeted by 3 non-revs/upgrades who finished the caviar before I could ask for another serving. Pathetic. I was less than impressed to say the least.

Pay and you shall get. As Fraser points out, that BA offer in J is great value.

I normally book Y and accept my fate... However if I book J/F on the rare occasions, I really prefer the Asian carriers as there will not be upgrades/nonrevs unless booking situation screams for it.

Maybe not what you were looking for but I think that's the way it should be. I normally can't afford premium cabins and just accept there will be no last minute upgrades.

Though - please ask and you might be surprised. I got a very favourable rate onboard for an EK flight J to F from the purser while the gate said not possible. And yes, I got a detailed receipt, he didn't just pocket the money.
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