Old Apr 2, 17, 9:28 pm
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If I use a Bid Upgrade do I get additional SQM / SQD now for my flights?

No.

If I use a Bid Upgrade on an International Flight leaving YYZ/YVR do I get access to the Signature Lounge?

No.

I have a flight going from XXX to YYY on DD-MM-YY and the minimum bid is $ZZZ - what are my chances / what should I bid?

No one here really knows how Plusgrade as implemented by AC really 'decides' which bids to accept.
There are so many potential variables that it's best just to bid what you feel the upgrade is worth to you.

AC Bid Upgrade - FAQs


If your upgrade request is accepted, the fare conditions for the original ticket you purchased shall remain in effect and will be applicable with respect to cancellation policies, change fees, conditions for minimum and maximum stay, and rules relating to the accrual of frequent flyer miles. All other conditions will be per the upgraded fare class.

On the AC website:

"AC Bid Upgrade - Your opportunity to travel in a higher cabin class"

https://upgrade.plusgrade.com/offer/AirCanada
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Old Oct 29, 22, 1:06 am
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Join Date: Sep 2022
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My bid for upgrade to Signature class from HKG->YVR, $880 ("pretty good") was accepted T-48!

Originally Posted by HSBC
Cadburygood,
Please let us know how much is your bid if you are successful for upgrade.
Thanks!
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Old Oct 29, 22, 7:02 am
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cadburygood,
Good for you.
What was your original class (Economy, Premium Economy, Business Lowest)?
Have a nice trip!
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Old Oct 29, 22, 7:52 am
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Join Date: Dec 2009
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Upgrade bid from YYZ to ICN

Hi - I have a flight booked in premium economy from YYZ to ICN. I'm wondering if I should bid for an upgrade. The minimum bid is at $800 each way. It looks like there are about 8 available seats in the business class as of now. It would be my first time bidding so wanted to ask if there is a better time to bid (i.e. closer to the flight?) and is there a math/logic that people use when deciding how much to bid? Thank you.
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Old Oct 29, 22, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by HSBC
cadburygood,
Good for you.
What was your original class (Economy, Premium Economy, Business Lowest)?
Have a nice trip!
Original class is Economy, lowest fare. I put my bid around a week before the flight.
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Old Nov 1, 22, 7:07 pm
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I put in a bid for YYC-PVR upgrade a few weeks ago. Flight is Thursday. According to the AC website, I was supposed to hear something (accepted or rejected) approximately 48 hours before the flight. I’ve not heard anything at all. Should I assume no upgrade?
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Old Nov 2, 22, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by J. Leslie
I put in a bid for YYC-PVR upgrade a few weeks ago. Flight is Thursday. According to the AC website, I was supposed to hear something (accepted or rejected) approximately 48 hours before the flight. Ive not heard anything at all. Should I assume no upgrade?
It's a safe bet - the flight is sold out.
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Old Nov 3, 22, 11:18 am
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Upgrade Strategy

Hi Everyone,

Been a while since I posted - just getting back into the swing of travel.

I am flying YEG-YYZ-CPH (November 8) then DUS-FRA-YYZ-YEG. (November 16) YYZ-CPH and FRA-YYZ are in Premium Economy. I was looking at trying to use miles and/or cash to upgrade everything. I only have 2 eUpgrade credits because I burned them all earlier this year on domestic travel as this CPH/DUS trip was unlikely to proceed until 2 weeks ago.

I was looking at Bid Upgrades, but never done them before. I only have 115K Aeroplan miles right now because I just booked 10 of us on points to LA so I cant use miles for both. The YYZ-CPH leg has a "Buy it now" of 110K miles, but the same is not offered for FRA-YYZ.

Anywho, I have never done bid upgrades before. My preference would be to upgrade the homecoming flight so I can sleep better, but not sure what would be acceptable or what algorithms they use? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on maximizing value and optimizing chances of upgrading.

Thanks,
Dana
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Old Nov 3, 22, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by danapop
Hi Everyone,

Been a while since I posted - just getting back into the swing of travel.

I am flying YEG-YYZ-CPH (November 8) then DUS-FRA-YYZ-YEG. (November 16) YYZ-CPH and FRA-YYZ are in Premium Economy. I was looking at trying to use miles and/or cash to upgrade everything. I only have 2 eUpgrade credits because I burned them all earlier this year on domestic travel as this CPH/DUS trip was unlikely to proceed until 2 weeks ago.

I was looking at Bid Upgrades, but never done them before. I only have 115K Aeroplan miles right now because I just booked 10 of us on points to LA so I cant use miles for both. The YYZ-CPH leg has a "Buy it now" of 110K miles, but the same is not offered for FRA-YYZ.

Anywho, I have never done bid upgrades before. My preference would be to upgrade the homecoming flight so I can sleep better, but not sure what would be acceptable or what algorithms they use? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on maximizing value and optimizing chances of upgrading.

Thanks,
Dana
If there is no Buy Now, then AC thinks it can sell all the J seats for full fare. Looking at flight loads, both flights have the same number of empty J seats (5) but the return only have the seats available in the highest bucket (J). All the cheaper buckets have sold out.
YYZ-CPH is J5 C5 D5 Z5 P0 R0 O0 E0 A0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K9
FRA-YYZ is J5 C0 D0 Z0 P0 R0 O0 E0 A0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0
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Old Nov 4, 22, 12:08 pm
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OK Thanks. Seems like YYZ-CPH is better chance of success, but my preference would be to try and upgrade on the way home lol.
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Old Nov 10, 22, 9:25 am
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Bid accepted for FRA-YYZ at exactly T-48h for $970 which was $100 above the lowest option. The range was higher a week ago but the flight went from J5R0 to J9R2 a few days ago so I canceled and lowered my bid. Base fare was Flex V and OPM so I'm ok with the out of pocket spend.
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Old Nov 10, 22, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by TechnoTourist
Bid accepted for FRA-YYZ at exactly T-48h for $970 which was $100 above the lowest option. The range was higher a week ago but the flight went from J5R0 to J9R2 a few days ago so I canceled and lowered my bid. Base fare was Flex V and OPM so I'm ok with the out of pocket spend.
If its R2 could be better using eups? i guess you run out of credit.
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Old Nov 10, 22, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by sha8192
If its R2 could be better using eups? i guess you run out of credit.
SEs snapped up all R space before it came to my 75k window. With a $500 copay the 15 eUps would only have accounted for $470 in value so I'll take the confirmed upgrade now and keep the credits for something else
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Old Nov 10, 22, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by fbrdky
If there is no Buy Now, then AC thinks it can sell all the J seats for full fare. Looking at flight loads, both flights have the same number of empty J seats (5) but the return only have the seats available in the highest bucket (J). All the cheaper buckets have sold out.
YYZ-CPH is J5 C5 D5 Z5 P0 R0 O0 E0 A0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K9
FRA-YYZ is J5 C0 D0 Z0 P0 R0 O0 E0 A0 N0 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0
Out of curiosity, what tool do you use to check load? Ive been going to the AC app and walking through the Book flow and clicking on preview seats. There needs to be an easier way to do this
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Old Nov 10, 22, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Neter66
Out of curiosity, what tool do you use to check load? Ive been going to the AC app and walking through the Book flow and clicking on preview seats. There needs to be an easier way to do this
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Old Nov 10, 22, 7:46 pm
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I used Aeroplan to redeem 2 economy tickets for myself and my partner under one booking number. I would like to put a bid for upgrade, would the system bid for one person or two persons?
Thanks!
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