How Complimentary Upgrades Work

Old Aug 15, 19, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by extreme_panda View Post
Thanks! It's strange that Alaska gives users an option that they know will fail.
So it seems like buying Main Cabin as 75K and crossing my fingers is the best way to go.
Yes, but do monitor for upgrade space (set an ExpertFlyer alert for U if you have a pro account). Since the main and GGU price are the same, you're already in a GGU-eligible fare class. If you see U become available, as I mentioned you can call in and have a GGU applied and confirm yourself without worrying about waitlists or last minute F purchases.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by be_rettSEA View Post
Yes, but do monitor for upgrade space (set an ExpertFlyer alert for U if you have a pro account). Since the main and GGU price are the same, you're already in a GGU-eligible fare class. If you see U become available, as I mentioned you can call in and have a GGU applied and confirm yourself without worrying about waitlists or last minute F purchases.
Is this necessary once the flight goes T-120, or will U space go to 75K's first before being generally available for GGUs?
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Old Aug 15, 19, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by extreme_panda View Post
Is this necessary once the flight goes T-120, or will U space go to 75K's first before being generally available for GGUs?
At T-120 (or for 72/48 for Gold/MVP), there's no need to use a GGU, and you *should* automatically clear, but occasionally the upgrade processor will fail and U will remain open. If you've not been upgraded by that point and see U available, call in and have them manually process the upgrade (complimentary - no need to use a GGU). Theoretically anyone else could use a GGU and grab the space before elites within their window are upgraded, but generally things work like they're supposed to.

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Old Aug 15, 19, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by extreme_panda View Post
Thanks! It's strange that Alaska gives users an option that they know will fail.

So it seems like buying Main Cabin as 75K and crossing my fingers is the best way to go.
If you move your mouse pointer over the radio button for "Apply an MVP Gold Guest upgrade code," the mouse pointer will change to a red circle with a diagonal line through it. It is not selectable if no U space is available.

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Old Aug 15, 19, 7:28 pm
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Originally Posted by williwaw View Post
Yes it will fail. That screen is just asking if you want to a) be on the waitlist, b) use the GGU, or opt out.

The only benefit for going to a MVPGold filter as a 75K is moving up the fare class ladder. I wouldn't do that since you are paying more to compete against other 75Ks and that seems unnecessary nor cost effective.
The Elite filters will show the lowest "eligible" fare for that Elite (H for MVPG75K, M for MVPG, S for MVP) which is immediately upgradeable if U space is available. Personally, I would never purchase the "eligible" fare without U availability unless the lowest Main fare is already "eligible."

Since an eligible fare is moved directly to the upgrade waitlist rather than the upgrade request queue, you won't be competing with 75Ks who have purchased ineligible fares and will be moved from the request queue to the waitlist at T-120.

The GGU is an upgrade instrument that anyone can use (they can be gifted to non-elites) and allows the holder to purchase a GGU eligible fare (K class or higher) for an immediate upgrade but since you cannot waitlist a GGU, U space must be available at the time of application.

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Old Aug 15, 19, 7:57 pm
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For $200 more, just buy F. Big COS bonus, guaranteed F.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 8:39 pm
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Originally Posted by williwaw View Post
The only benefit for going to a MVPGold filter as a 75K is mocking up the fare class ladder. I wouldn't do that since you are paying more to compete against other 75Ks and that seems unnecessary nor cost effective.
The other benefit to using the MVPG filter is to grab the lowest main cabin fare with a CoS bonus vs H which doesn't. The best use for this, imo, is with a companion fare where the discount cuts the price difference in half on a per person basis.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post


The other benefit to using the MVPG filter is to grab the lowest main cabin fare with a CoS bonus vs H which doesn't. The best use for this, imo, is with a companion fare where the discount cuts the price difference in half on a per person basis.
That is a valid benefit. I prefer the K fare with 2 U myself on multiple segments with <= 4 hr connections. 😉 For a 75K, they could use the MVPG filter to ensure no H fares. The jump to M fare can often be substantial (depending, of course, on the cheapest fare class available on the flight) and doesn't justify the extea dollars for the 25% COS EQM/RDM bonus, despite you are only paying the differential once. On a transcon, that 25% COS bonus is about 625 EQM. I can pretty easily pick that up on a connection elsewhere like LAX-PDX-SEA-YLW instead of LAX-SEA-YLW. I would certainly look at the differential and determine how much the additional EQM/RDM is on a weighted per miles basis is though.

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Old Aug 15, 19, 11:34 pm
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Good point.
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