czek6
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The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 5:48 pm

I was recently on a Southwest transcontinental flight to BWI that I forgot to check in at the 24 hour mark. I got the 'C' group. When I arrived at the gate to purchase an A 1-15 group, I was shocked to see people who already had A numbers buying this upgrade. Why?

The older lady at the agent next to me had A36. She wanted to sit near the restroom. The agent advised her that their was no guarantee but surely buying the upgrade would help her odds. The plane originated at this airport and there were no Thru passengers. She was no the only A, there were two others in line with us. All unrelated.

Is it really that common for people in the A group to upgrade?
 
AWACSooner
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 6:33 pm

In my many flights with WN I have yet to see anyone actually purchase that upgrade at the counter. I fail to see that particular customer's logic, but I guess if she wants a seat THAT badly...
 
flyiguy
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 6:48 pm

If you purchase the upgrade, its cheaper than buying business select in most cases but youre also rolling to dice as they may already be sold out. This upgrade does insure that you board A1-A15 after preboards so your pretty much guarenteed a very decent seat ( on an originating or no thru flight ).

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flflyer
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 8:06 pm

I do this a fair amount on originating flights for $40 to get the exit row.
 
NickLAX
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 9:11 pm

I do it for the higher points to A-List/A-List preferred.

Pay $20-40 on a few flights for work and make A-List much quicker plus get more reedemable points
 
av8orwalk
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 9:25 pm

I fly MCO-LAS a few times a month. It's rarely goes out less than 100% full. The gate agent is normally busy right up until boarding, upgrading customers to A1-A15. I forgot to check in 24 hours prior once so I used the opportunity as well. For a 4 hour flight it's definitely worth $40 not being stuck in a middle seat.

Cheers!
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MisterScott
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Wed May 13, 2015 10:44 pm

Quoting av8orwalk (Reply 5):

I do it for the higher points to A-List/A-List preferred.

Pay $20-40 on a few flights for work and make A-List much quicker plus get more reedemable points

Absolutely. The price difference between and Business Select seat and Regular fare is small but a much great difference for the Wanna Get Away fare.

If I know it is going to be a full plane and I have changed my flight which gets me knocked down the list, I have purchased it but being A-List Select means you get to board after all the A's and before the families (I know, I know) so you still get window or aisle.

I have bought up 3 or 4 times in the last few years. No real reason to except in certain circumstances.
 
N1120A
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RE: The Southwest Business Select Gate Upgrade

Thu May 14, 2015 1:43 am

If one buys Earlybird, I don't see the value proposition, except for the extra points and free drink.

Quoting czek6 (Thread starter):
Is it really that common for people in the A group to upgrade?

I suppose someone who wants a drink and some extra points might see value.
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