What is the possibility of upgrading a Y ticket (booked in X class) to UC at the airport on departure? Either one way or return? Do they calculate the full upgrade or do they offer a special rate (say like TG ex LHR to upgrade on the day of departure). This route in question is LHR-BOM.
I did try searching but was unable to find anything similar .. apologies if there is something. Any advice appreciated.
AFAIK this is possible, but not on tickets that are non upgradeable. I have seen it done before with both miles and cash at the LHR customer service desk (next to UC check in). Best bet is to ask at the CS desk before you get to a check in agent.
I have a similar question, however with W booking code. What kind of possibility is there to upgrade to UC from LHR - BOM on VS 350? I'm assuming since W is full fare Premium Economy, the price to upgrade to UC shouldn't be that much.
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I think sometimes no matter how much money, miles, status you have in your pocket or what fare class you're booked in they just don't do upgrades. Was told this at JNB earlier this year when I offered to use miles / cash to upgrade my Top priced PE ticket to UC (available) after I couldn't get beyond the waitlist for PE and was facing paying £1100 for a 1 way seat in Economy. Was finally moved up to PE when a seat became available when check in closed.
I think sometimes no matter how much money, miles, status you have in your pocket or what fare class you're booked in they just don't do upgrades.
Yes it's all a bit mysterious, but sometimes upgrading with miles at the checkin works. I got upgraded for miles from PE to UC on a SFO-LHR once, and they didn't even remember to deduct the miles! However, they also didn't give me any flown miles or tier points for that flight, and claiming them afterwards did not work.
But at other times they do the whole calculation and then say "oh but the computer isn't letting me do that right now" or suddenly decide at the last minute (after completing the paperwork and signing the miles away) that you have the wrong kind of ticket. I just always give it a try.
Definitely worth asking at the ticket desk. Earlier this year I asked at LHR about using miles to upgrade my N ticket (cheapest economy) to UC. In theory these tickets are non-upgradeable but I paid a bit more cash to convert it to an upgradeable economy ticket and then was allowed to use my miles. Note I only upgraded the return (PVG-LHR) but seemed to be more flexible asking for this in London than in Shanghai.