I only got asked by a Customer Service Agent once if I were willing to upgrade my paid Business Class flight into First Class, but of course not for free but for the normal number of FF
-miles required for the upgrade. This was on LH
- or was it with LX
Anyway I declined, as the miles in my account are more aimed to be used for Award Flights, not for (unnecessary) upgrades (from Business to First).
IIRC, Business Class on that flight was sold out and I suspect that was the only reason to search for people to voluntarily upgrade.
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If I hold a ticket in Economy on an intercontinental trip with a European major, say LH or AF, is there any chance to get an upgrade to Business?
Is there a chance that if Business is not full an upgrade might be purchased at the gate at a discount, say a few additional hundred euros?
Longhaul: As long as the (seating) class you are booked in, is not sold out or overbooked, it is unlikely to get offers to upgrade to the next level for discounted cash (things usually are different with charter operators).
It is more likely that Status Customers get an (involuntary) Upgrade based on some secret scheme.
Flying with LH
within Europe, I received upgrades to Business as well as InvolDG (Involuntary downgrades) with compensation.
Only a single time I received an Upgrade to Business right at the gate (received a new BP
when trying to board while my mum already had passed the gate), I had to fight for 15 minutes to get back into Eco in order to be sitting next to my (slightly elderly) mum, which included reshuffling other pax (including separating another couple). Back then (and still nowadays) I was *not amused* by the fact that LH
w/o asking had changed my seat for that continuation flight and thus separating 2 pax on a single booking. - And I did not feel sorry for the fact that the whole reshuffling delayed our departure (a full flight from MUC
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