Anyone ever get complimentary upgrades?

Old Apr 10, 18, 3:31 pm
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Anyone ever get complimentary upgrades?

I'm just a Gold member but in about 100 flights in 2 years NOT ONCE have I ever received a complimentary upgrade.

Is that something AF reserves for Plat and Ultimate members?
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Old Apr 10, 18, 3:39 pm
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I have been Gold last year and I got upgraded 4 times:

Air France (ticket bought from Air France) - Business (intra Europe)
Delta (ticket bought from Air France) - First (short 1 hour domestic trip)
Delta (ticket bought from KLM) - Comfort + (TATL flight)
Delta (ticket bought from Delta) - Comfort + (domestic transcon)

If I take into consideration that my last TATL KLM flight had seats with recline broken that they could not sell and I got a row of 3 seats for myself I can count that as a 5th upgrade

Alas, I am Gold no more.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 3:47 pm
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AF/KLM doesn't really do complimentary upgrades unless they have to (overbooking etc)
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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by bostontraveler View Post
Is that something AF reserves for Plat and Ultimate members?
I wish.

It’s all more complicated than it seems — I'm sure there's a thread somewhere with a number of people who had a go at explaining the algorithm behind operational upgrades. That said, I can’t really complain myself as I was lucky enough to get quite a few beeps at the gate over the years, mostly on EU flights, though, as long-haul is exclusively J and I was never lucky enough to get upgraded to the very front of the bus i.e. F

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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:03 pm
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kind of what i thought but then I have friends that get upgraded all the time...
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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:04 pm
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Yeah, you get op-ups occasionally.

If you mean something like DL does, then no.

You get upgraded only if there are no seats left in Y when there is a need for some, and not if there are any seats left in Biz.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:06 pm
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well I never got them from DL either so wouldn't know LOL
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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:10 pm
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Originally Posted by bostontraveler View Post
but then I have friends that get upgraded all the time...
They must be lucky enough to be friends (or family related) with somebody working for AF, I hear that those sort of upgrades are quite common

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Old Apr 10, 18, 4:19 pm
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hahaha!
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Old Apr 10, 18, 6:03 pm
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Got a few when gold, none as plat. Oh well.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 8:19 pm
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I used to get at least one per year when I was DL silver and Gold, zero as a DL Plat since 2016.
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Old Apr 11, 18, 4:06 am
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Yes, I've had a comp.upgrade on Delta from LGW to ATL. Ordinary Medallion. Some time ago now. Full plane and I was travelling alone on an economy ticket. What a difference!

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Old Apr 11, 18, 5:49 am
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I got one on AF maybe 3 years ago, from Y to W on a CDG-JFK. The flight had lots of empty seats in every cabin, so it wasn't because Y was full. However I had a nice talk with the check in agent and a good laugh with her, so I think that helped .
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Old Apr 11, 18, 5:55 am
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I get regular upgrades to J for short hops within the EU.

Whether from BHX / LHR / DUS to AMS / CDG or vica versa.

I am Plat and for shorthaul just by the cheapest Y tickets.
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Old Apr 11, 18, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by bostontraveler View Post
kind of what i thought but then I have friends that get upgraded all the time...
Then you should book travel with these friends, and ask for "complementary" upgrades to go with their complimentary upgrades
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