So I'm going to be traveling to Taipei this summer with tickets booked by one of those chinatown travel agents. So heres my major question. My EVA leg of the journey will be between LAX-TPE and vice versa.
My first question is will I be able to request an EVA upgrade to Premium Economy at the Continental counter in my local airport (MFE) or will I have to wait until I reach LAX?
Secondly, does anybody know the approximate cost of an upgrade to either Premium Economy of Premium Laurel on the EVA flight?
Programs: AA Platinum, Hilton Diamond, Fairmont Platinum
I think your chances of an upgrade are very slim--nearly none, considering fare class and popularity of the premium cabin. As mentioned, you may want to consider paying now if you want the bigger seat/space. Sure makes the long journey more bearable!
So are the codes you listed ineligible for upgrade even if it is paid?
All these classes that I listed should be able to upgrade to Elite/Evergreen Deluxe using payments at the airport (if they release the seats). Payments will vary base on your ticket class. It is not recommended to pay at the airport to upgrade because it would be very expensive to do so. You should always try to buy Elite/Evergreen Deluxe tickets or Premium Laurel/Super Business tickets directly instead of doing upgrades via payment.
Since your ticket is already bought, you should try to ask the airline or your travel agency to see how much is it to pay for the fare difference between your booking class and the cheapest Elite Class ticket for this one way segment.
After June 21st, 2008, only Y/M/K/Q may upgrade using miles at the airport. All other booking classes must upgrade beforehand unless it does not qualify for upgrades, such as R/H/G/W/I.