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Old Jun 29, 15, 7:34 pm
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Originally Posted by NZbutterfly View Post
Good point. I forgot about the onlookers. Maybe we'll try to board last so we don't hold up the flow of passengers and can ask a bit more discretely.

That would be perfect if it was mum (she can no longer travel), but I'm his daughter and I don't think he'd pass for my name.

Trying to crunch some APD numbers to cover one way. Have some flights before the MEL flight but suspect the price would go up closer the date and the newly accrued APD still wouldn't cover. Will see if they let me recall an APD upgrade to contribute.

Another idea, what if I paid for the fare difference of me in business one way and still asked to swap? Would they be more amenable to that as they still get a full fare vs it being an APD upgrade (which doesn't sound like I'll be able to do that) but then the only dodgy part is that I would get the SP and APD (dad doesn't need them) but air nz gets a full fare still? Although that would be crap if they said no.
Coming back from MEL ~ 3 weeks ago they were checking everyone's passport at the gate, so going a quick switch on the jetbrige seems a bit dodgy.

How old is your dad? You could tell a white lie and say he's feeling a pit poorly at the gate or as you board, and would like to swap. I think that would likely be best. (though he might get looked at oddly if he askes for more champagne in J.).

I wouldn't just swap seats, particularly in to J as it might be a little embarrassing for him if he is confronted, while your are down the back of the plane.

If you don't ask there is a very good chance that they will notice in J given they have list of customers, not infrequently (and somewhat annoyingly often shake customers hands individually at the end of the flight)
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