Upgrades for Cash on AF??

Old Aug 6, 11, 9:10 am
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Question Upgrades for Cash on AF??

Hello AF flyers!

I'm flying AF to Abu Dhabi next week and booked in Economy and was wondering if AF offers cash upgrades during check-in, at the gate, or any other time?

United offers it almost all the time for a reasonable price (example $999 one way ORD-NRT from Y to C).

How about Air France?

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Old Aug 6, 11, 9:17 am
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Not as yet even though they have told us about introducing some such upgrade system over the next few months.
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Old Aug 6, 11, 9:23 am
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Oh no!!!!!!!

So I suppose the only way to escape economy is to pay the full difference?
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Originally Posted by InTokyo View Post
Oh no!!!!!!!

So I suppose the only way to escape economy is to pay the full difference?
Yes, or a very unlikely opup.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 3:27 am
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Sorry to hijack the thread, but odd that this question came up 2 days before I got the following email from AF offering an upgrade to Affaires for my HKG-CDG flight next Monday, which says:

"Air France is pleased to offer you an exceptional upgrade to the Affaires Voyageur cabin.
Donít miss out on this opportunity!

To take advantage of this offer, simply choose the cabin to which you wish to be upgraded and
fill out the registration form. Please note that there is a limited number of seats available for this offer.

We will contact you within 5 days of your departure to inform you of whether we were able to fulfill your request."

The current seat buckets look like this, so I wouldn't have expected an op-up since it doesn't look full in Y:
J9 C9 D9 I9 Z9 O9 W9 S9 A2 Y4 B4 M4 U3 K2 H2 G0

I'm in Y at the moment, and AF is offering the upgrade for 339 EUR--my original fare was 667 EUR. I'm FB Gold but have never had op-ups from AF. Should I go for the offer?
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Old Aug 8, 11, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by am3n3 View Post
Sorry to hijack the thread, but odd that this question came up 2 days before I got the following email from AF offering an upgrade to Affaires for my HKG-CDG flight next Monday, which says:

"Air France is pleased to offer you an exceptional upgrade to the Affaires Voyageur cabin.
Donít miss out on this opportunity!

To take advantage of this offer, simply choose the cabin to which you wish to be upgraded and
fill out the registration form. Please note that there is a limited number of seats available for this offer.

We will contact you within 5 days of your departure to inform you of whether we were able to fulfill your request."

The current seat buckets look like this, so I wouldn't have expected an op-up since it doesn't look full in Y:
J9 C9 D9 I9 Z9 O9 W9 S9 A2 Y4 B4 M4 U3 K2 H2 G0

I'm in Y at the moment, and AF is offering the upgrade for 339 EUR--my original fare was 667 EUR. I'm FB Gold but have never had op-ups from AF. Should I go for the offer?
Interesting maybe they are finally experimenting what they have told us. However, this sounds very strange. You mention the 'Affaires voyageur' cabin which sounds to me like a contradiction in terms - I'd double check if they mean Affaires or Premium Voyageur or are they offering both and if so Ä339 is the price for which?
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Old Aug 8, 11, 4:02 am
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After I checked out the online registration form, I can confirm that the offer is for Affaires class. No other classes are offered. The form also confirms the upgrade price of 339 EUR, and says they'll contact me within 5 days to notify whether my request is successful. I haven't taken up the offer yet.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 4:19 am
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That offers seems quite good IMHO.
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That offers seems quite good IMHO.
I'd personally say average... Im just really puzzled they only try to sell you Affaires and not also PV which is often half empty on many flights.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 5:43 am
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Originally Posted by am3n3 View Post
Sorry to hijack the thread, but odd that this question came up 2 days before I got the following email from AF offering an upgrade to Affaires for my HKG-CDG flight next Monday, which says:

"Air France is pleased to offer you an exceptional upgrade to the Affaires Voyageur cabin.
Donít miss out on this opportunity!

To take advantage of this offer, simply choose the cabin to which you wish to be upgraded and
fill out the registration form. Please note that there is a limited number of seats available for this offer.

We will contact you within 5 days of your departure to inform you of whether we were able to fulfill your request."

The current seat buckets look like this, so I wouldn't have expected an op-up since it doesn't look full in Y:
J9 C9 D9 I9 Z9 O9 W9 S9 A2 Y4 B4 M4 U3 K2 H2 G0

I'm in Y at the moment, and AF is offering the upgrade for 339 EUR--my original fare was 667 EUR. I'm FB Gold but have never had op-ups from AF. Should I go for the offer?
Interesting and unusual!
May I ask what kind of Y fare you got?

Loads in premium cabins has been low in HKG, at least for the non-leisure config. So extensive upgrading takes place. Looking at your data (Y4 B4), yield management would keep Y open even if it is oversold as they might have 50 J seats available for upgrade. Actually, during the summer, there few J pax, so on a 77W with 8P and 67J, they have a huge number of available seats. With Y4 B4, it seems clear indication that the overbooking has already started.
AF would prefer to get 339 (one way) rather than 0, but this is a new practice IMO. Would be interesting to know how they set the upgrade price (seems quite cheap). Note that one can get a fairly flexible biz fare to Europe for approx EUR2200 (some Z fare). If you add your 667 Y fare (probably inflexible) plus two upgrades, you get EUR1350, not a bad deal but no certainty and probably inflexible fare. Of course, if you had paid a higher Y fare, the difference with Z fare would be less attractive.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 6:11 am
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My HKG-CDG segment is in T.
I think I'm sold on the offer if I can revive my dead laptop, and take advantage of in-seat power. And based on the advice so far, I'm leaning towards a yes on this one regardless, and will decide by tomorrow at the latest.

In summer 2009 my husband (a plat) got op-upped both ways with KL on AMS-HKG-AMS. Sadly the flight didn't have huijses not already in my collection.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 6:16 am
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Originally Posted by am3n3 View Post
My HKG-CDG segment is in T.
I think I'm sold on the offer if I can revive my dead laptop, and take advantage of in-seat power. And based on the advice so far, I'm leaning towards a yes on this one regardless, and will decide by tomorrow at the latest.

In summer 2009 my husband (a plat) got op-upped both ways with KL on AMS-HKG-AMS. Sadly the flight didn't have huijses not already in my collection.
Sorry to bother you again. Did you buy your ticket originating in HKG? I am wondering why you got targeted, or whether they send the email to all pax on the flight.
Confirmed upgrade (5 days prior to departure) from Y to Business class for a mere EUR339 is a WONDERFUL deal. I would not hesitate one instant.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 6:30 am
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No worries!
I bought my tix on eBookers, which I guess is ex-UK somewhere. This is the 1st or 2nd time I've been email-targeted for upgrades, but it would be nice to do this one and not squander my hard-earned miles.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 12:36 pm
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This is an excellent deal really and I would jump on it if I were you. But I'm still wondering if there is no mistake and in fact are proposing upgrades to PV and not J ? Come on : 339Ä from Y to J ? And especially from T which is a discounted Y fare, if I'm not mistaken. So how much is the upgrade from PV to J ? 150 Ä ?
This is almost an insult for paying J pax
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Old Aug 8, 11, 2:45 pm
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If you get J miles (175%+elite bonus) for the price, that is for sure a good deal! it could be around 10000-15000 miles extra in case you are already Elite+.
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