Paid Upgrade Business (Affaires) to First (La Premiere)?

Old Aug 28, 19, 5:41 am
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Paid Upgrade Business (Affaires) to First (La Premiere)?

I am currently booked in business from BUD-CDG-ATL on a Delta award booking on 9/3/19 and am curious if AF ever offers paid upgrades from Affaires to La Premiere on the Trans Atlantic flight, and if so what I might expect the cost to be, if available. I understand AF688 is A380 and La Premiere not as private as 777, but if the price was right, I might purchase the upgrade. If available, would this be offered at online check-in twenty four hours out, or would it need to happen at the BUD airport? Thank you for your insight.
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Old Aug 28, 19, 6:21 am
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Yes it may happen at OLCI (30hrs before) or you can ask at the airport in BUD or CDG. Price will be anything between €1800 and 2500. Better to have this sorted out before leaving BUD so you can enjoy the P ground services in CDG.
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Old Aug 28, 19, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by johnkel1 View Post
I am currently booked in business from BUD-CDG-ATL on a Delta award booking on 9/3/19 and am curious if AF ever offers paid upgrades from Affaires to La Premiere on the Trans Atlantic flight, and if so what I might expect the cost to be, if available. I understand AF688 is A380 and La Premiere not as private as 777, but if the price was right, I might purchase the upgrade. If available, would this be offered at online check-in twenty four hours out, or would it need to happen at the BUD airport? Thank you for your insight.
Are you able to change your ticket from J to P? I sometimes pay to change my W tickets to J (company only pays for Y or W) and the prices are not dissimilar to some of the upgrade offers that I have received at OLCI. XP are also given for changes in ticket class purchased in this way but not for upgrades.
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Old Aug 28, 19, 12:14 pm
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PeteM01, I am currently on an award ticket with Delta, so I'm not able to change the ticket, but I will certainly look for the upgrade possibility at the OLCI time (thank you Goldorak).
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Old Aug 29, 19, 8:35 am
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Are award tickets eligible for paid upgrades?? [Never-mind, I see that they are here in the footnotes, for last-minute/on-board, assuming the DL award ticketed is issued for an AF-marketed flight.]

There is a master thread in this forum about paid upgrades; while it's mostly about upgrades to PE or J, there are some specific data points in there about J-to-F upgrades, but Goldorak's post sums it up nicely.
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Old Aug 29, 19, 12:38 pm
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I have done this often on AF688/689. It has always been 1400E. They have offered it on every flight that had a seat available, but at the airport for me (DL ticketed.)
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Old Sep 10, 19, 11:08 am
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As a follow up, at the Air France check-in counter in Budapest, we were offered a paid upgrade to La Premiere at $2400 Euro per person. Seemed a bit steep, so we kept our Affaire seats.
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Old Sep 24, 19, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by PeteM01 View Post
Are you able to change your ticket from J to P? I sometimes pay to change my W tickets to J (company only pays for Y or W) and the prices are not dissimilar to some of the upgrade offers that I have received at OLCI. XP are also given for changes in ticket class purchased in this way but not for upgrades.
I know that this is not strictly relevant to the OP, but I have just upgraded a paid J ticket (subclass Z, a so-called 'promotional fare') to La P (subclass F), MAN-CDG-SIN for just over £1000, one way. I did this through the Platinum Service Line, who waived the ticket change fee as I made the booking and the upgrade during the same call. This price is considerably less than the last offer that I received for an OLCI J-P upgrade (~£1500, if I remember correctly), which comes with no extra XP. Somewhat excited for this birthday treat in 2020!
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:38 pm
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it was about $1700 for a CDG-SFO leg for me. Upgrade done in the lounge.
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