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Optiontown Uto

Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:17 am

I know this has been posted before but this is a response to pugsley's question back on 30 June 2011 which has now been closed so could not respond to that.

I applied for MH upgrades to first from SYD to KUL and was successful in receiving them. It was about USD790 each way so cross my fingers for an upgrade on the return leg. It included their service fee of USD5 which is non-refundable if you didn't get the upgrade. The reason why it was charged in USD was that I wanted to use my Amex. So to answer your question to see if you should use them. I would say yes! I guess I got it since there were only 2 other people in a cabin of 8. It all depends on their loading and obviously will not consider if they have sold out/close to selling out the cabin.

Good luck if you decide to go ahead with it!


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RE: Optiontown Uto

Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:10 am

Hi Rob,

Interesting to hear how it worked. Glad it did. May I ask, did you purchase the J class then apply for the F class upgrade. If so, how much did you pay for the J fare, compared to buying a F class direct from MH. Also, if they decide to operate the 777 into SYD for that flight, I guess you would of been fuming!

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RE: Optiontown Uto

Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:37 pm

Hi Joffie,

I actually only purchased a return economy airfare when MH had a sale for AUD220 plus taxes so this was truly a bargain. I heard back from Optiontown about 2 days before travel confirming this. This time round for the return I think they are only probably going to advise on the day. I would have been annoyed but don't ever see MH substitute 747 for 777 on this flight as fairly sure both planes do circle trips as the evening flight (747) out of KUL operates as the afternoon flight out of SYD. The morning flight (777) from KUL to SYD would then operate as the night flight out of SYD.

So if you ever see a cheap economy MH deal, would jump to book it and apply for upgrades with Optiontown. Not much harm in trying except if you expect you will get the upgrade as you might not.


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RE: Optiontown Uto

Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:40 pm

I used it for Spanair from BCN to MAD. It's a short domestic hop, but upgrade was only around 25 EUR (+3 EUR sign up fee). I applies approx 14 days before and was upgaded a few days later.

I was alone in the whole Business-Cabin.

Considering what I paid it was definitely worth it. Alone the extra miles for C-Class and Lounge access is worth it.

For Spanair I would definitely recommend them. On other European flights (i.e. VCE-MAD or CPH-BCN) the upgrade is around 60 EUR.
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RE: Optiontown Uto

Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:55 pm

i was upgraded last week on blue1 AMS-HEL for 50 euro. (717) with optiontown. Seats were nothing special but had great food and lounge access, and the whole front half of the aircraft for myself alone.
still need to check how it works with other airlines in the future.
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RE: Optiontown Uto

Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:57 pm

I was succesful on Blue1 also last week on AMS-HEL (717)   No luck on 2 SAS European flights though. Also try to upgrade on MA next week, no answer yet. We'll see...
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RE: Optiontown Uto

Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:22 am

Thanks Rob,
That's great to hear it worked for you. I'm convinced now that I have to do it. My wife and I got our ticket during the same sale as you so its great to hear they upgrade any ticket if its available. We just found out our flight MEL-KUL-MEL have been changed from the 772 to their new A333 and their new J class option looks great. We have 6 MH flights in total on our next trip that are going to cost about AUD$2500 for the two of us to upgrade so I'm going to do it.
Thanks for you feedback, really apreciate the time you took to give an answer.
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