OK, so I get it - when I book into a certain cabin I really don't expect an op-up. I've never had one before but have always been fortunate enough to be in CW. This time my wife and I are off to ORD at the start of February; CW was too expensive for us and there was no availability for UUA, though I will keep checking.
My wife has had op-ups out of T5 when she has done OLCI early and been in the front row of WTP and travelling alone. I was just wondering whether being in the front row with all the cot seats made a difference at all. Like I said, I'm not expecting anything and we're both only Silver, but I would be interested to know if people had used that strategy before.
I would be interested to know if people had used that strategy before.
I'm sorry. What "strategy" ?
Thinking up strategies for OPUPS is about as useful as thinking up strategies for winning the jackpot on the lottery.
The only difference being that with the lottery you have to make an active mental decision to participate in the game. With BA (or any other carrier), all passengers are in the game .... in effect, the passengers are the balls in the lotto draw machine.
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While anecdotal, I've always booked myself in the front row (next to the 'bassinet') when in WTP from ORD to LHR and had two op-ups out of five trips. Hard to tell if the reason I was moved was because of a family needing the bassinet.
Out of interest, when can I actually book the very front row of WTP? Because I am a non status member and I can't even pay to get the seats ? Although I manage to pay for 16A on CW on my way back for £64!
I must have booked at least 20-30 WT+ flights, but I have never touched the seat
No op-up from WT+ but I have always managed to pay with cash or Avios a few days before departure. The inbound leg can be changed and is easier if you're a bit flexible. Just monitor which flights that have UUA and change the ticket and pay the fee (I think it's £150).
Thanks for the information. I think I'll keep looking for UUA or cash options. Do they sometimes open up more availability closer to the time and can cheaper cash upgrades become available. We're flying on elsewhere once we get to ORD, so no POUG is available.
Also, do the bassinet seats become available to book at a certain point? Is it something like 72 or 24 hours before departure?
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I believe bassinet locations are under airport-control and unless airport releases it people can't pre-select it. Also bear in mind that BA will sometimes impose seat changes if they need 'your' seat for whatever reason, and as has been widely reported on this forum, this can happen to GCH or SCH. Upgrade pecking order is always surrounded by a certain level of mystery (at least for non-US airlines) but among the many criteria heard about, specific seat doesn't seem to be mentioned by BA people, and such explicitly quoted elements as fare paid, status, score, past travel incidents, etc seem to leave little chance for a specific seat tie breaker.