I see about $1400 for an upgrade on air india. How about jet airways and continental?
Neither 9W (Jet Airways) or UA (United, formerly Continental) are offering cash upgrades at this time.
It is likely cheaper to book a roundtrip business class ticket on Air India than buy a roundtrip economy class ticket and upgrade each way. Not to mention that you get better baggage allowance, frequent flyer miles, etc.
I was on KWI-BOM last night, and I wanted to upgrade on this segment. So, I sent away an email to JP desk with the voucher details and all that they needed, who then forwarded this to the Reservations Desk.
An email came back a few hrs later, which stated:
"We are not in a position to offer confirmed Premiere seat upgrades at this moment on this flight"
This is T-8 hours or so from flight time. 9W flies a B737-900 on this segment with 8 seats upfront.
Later this evening, I turn up at the check-in counter, and I was not offered an upgrade but I asked for one nonetheless. They quoted a price of 8400 Rs. I said I'll pass. I was told the flight looked full.
However, when I said I wanted to burn some vouchers, their eyes lighted up and they could then accomodate me. I said I had the vouchers but I would still travel in Y if they could not accomodate me up front. I was in 10C and it was going to be okay considering this set of planes did not even have in-seat IFE.
The station manager then chatted me up, to ask if I wanted to be op-up'ed. I asked for an op-up for me and my colleague as well. The flight was packed in Y apparently. He told me he will see what he can do.
Next thing I know, I am in 2F, and there are only 2 other people in J when the doors are closed. At this point I was wondering, just exactly what would be their inspiration to lie on the record and say they cannot offer upgrades via voucher on email. When the cabin was only 2/8 full.
Did they think they could sell 6 seat upgrades at last moment on a route usually frequented by the workers there who clearly wouldn't buy? or are they plain dumb?
We are not in a position to offer confirmed Premiere seat upgrades at this moment on this flight
I don't see where this says that the cabin is full? All it's saying is that reservations can't process your upgrade.
Maybe once the flight is under airport control, the reservations desk cannot process upgrades? Or maybe they were having technical problems? Maybe they have some idiotic policy or the other stopping them from processing the upgrade?
I agree that it would have been far better if they had explained the reason for not being able to confirm your upgrade in the email, but I don't see how you can take the lack of reason for "cabin is full."