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Old Nov 24, 18, 2:36 pm
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: San Jose, CA USA
Posts: 1,689
Originally Posted by BenA View Post
As a double diamond couple, my spouse sits in first... when she beats me in the race to book earlier, since time of request is the tiebreaker. We always book on separate reservations to maximize our upgrade chances, and fair is fair for whoever gets their reservation in earlier!

The only thing worse than being #2 for 1 seat behind some random jerk is being #2 for 1 seat behind your spouse
Not sure that it is fair to brand a singular person, requesting upgrade through legitimate upgrade channels, as a "jerk". My wife and I have both been diamond for the past 7 years. We, too, always sit together, regardless (married 48 yrs) and rarely are in a situation at the gate where we haven't both cleared yet, mainly because our policy is to almost never get into a scenario where we haven't cleared prior to gate (policy is usually only to upgrade is available at time of ticketing). For the most part, we will simply pay for the discounted first and not deal with apprehension of upgrades at the gate.

As for upgrades not guaranteed at the time of booking, we just about always use the upgrade certificates. We each get 4 each year for Plat, then an extra 8 each for diamond. That's 24 for the year. The certificates go ahead of others using status if such others don't have a certificate like we do. If we run out of certificates, we use miles. Hate heading for the airport hanging on to watching the monitor to see if we've cleared.

I don't mind, as a DM flyer, having my certificate upgrade clear before a fellow DM flyer who didn't provide a certificate, and being such a "jerk" in doing so. That's been our schtick and it works for us.
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