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I Got/Didn't Get MVP/Gold/75K Upgrade on AS (2018)

I Got/Didn't Get MVP/Gold/75K Upgrade on AS (2018)

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Please post your upgrade successes & failures including:

Date
Route (Please bold if failure)
Flight Number
Status (MVP, Gold or 75K)
Fare Class
Add companion if there was one
Time the upgrade cleared or position on waitlist if didn't clear
Date of ticket purchase

Examples:
2/2/18 SEA-ANC AS 67 75K Upgrade cleared at T-120 hours
2/19/18 MSY-SEA AS 887 MVPG Didn't clear 4/22 on waitlist
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Old Dec 6, 18, 8:09 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: SEA
Programs: AS MVP Gold, NEXUS, Cessna Gold
Posts: 805
12/6/18
BOS-LAX
AS1367
MVPG
T Fare
Was 1 of 8 on upgrade list. Plane went out with 1 empty F seat. Didn't want to bother the (wonderful) FAs, so I didn't ask about why the seat didn't get cleared. The flight left early, so I don't know why the GA didn't come process upgrades.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by sturges View Post
12/6/18
BOS-LAX
AS1367
MVPG
T Fare
Was 1 of 8 on upgrade list. Plane went out with 1 empty F seat. Didn't want to bother the (wonderful) FAs, so I didn't ask about why the seat didn't get cleared. The flight left early, so I don't know why the GA didn't come process upgrades.
You gave up on a transcon upgrade to prevent from asking the FA a question?
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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:03 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: SEA
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
You gave up on a transcon upgrade to prevent from asking the FA a question?
I witnessed 4 other vanilla MVPs ask and get told that they had no control over upgrades :/

Edit: though as I'm sitting on this 7 hour flight, I'm regretting that decision as I'm rather hungry for something that isn't Y food.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:14 pm
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Originally Posted by sturges View Post
I witnessed 4 other vanilla MVPs ask and get told that they had no control over upgrades :/

Edit: though as I'm sitting on this 7 hour flight, I'm regretting that decision as I'm rather hungry for something that isn't Y food.
Oh I see. That really sucks. I hope you get compensated for that!

When I'm #1 on the waitlist I always try to strike up a conversation with the GA when they are not busy and naturally slide the upgrade list into the conversation
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Old Dec 7, 18, 12:23 am
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SFO
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Ugh, I'd write in too.

If I were 1 of 8 on a T-Con upgrade list, I'd be monitoring the u/g list and watching the cabin (once boarded) like a hawk so that a GA was in sight before they closed the cabin door. Once the door's closed, you're SOL, as you witnessed. FAs are close to powerless in that situation, unless they're renegades, which are few and far between.
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Old Dec 7, 18, 12:46 am
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Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: British Columbia
Programs: AA, AS Gold 75K, BA, QF, SQ, Marriott Platinum Premiere
Posts: 1,454
On our LAX-SJO flight last Saturday we were #1 & #2 on the upgrade list of 5. The gate agent had challenges with our Itinerary and had to call the help desk for assistance. I asked about upgrades as I knew there was one unassigned seat. She looked and advised me that the F cabin had shown all checked in. She also advised that there was one Gold and 2 MVP behind us on the waitlist. Since we were both 75K on a companion certificate I mentioned that I guessed we would be skipped if one F became available. She asked if we didn't mind being split up which I said wouldn't be an issue. She advised that if an F opened up she would upgrade one of us, noted our Premium seats and said she would come and see us. I thought that was pretty nice.

James.
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Old Dec 7, 18, 2:15 am
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: ANC, MRI
Programs: AS MVP Gold75K, AS 1MM, Maika`i Card, AGR, HH Gold, Hertz PC, Marriott LTG, SPG Gold, CO, 7H, BA, 8E
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Originally Posted by NoLaGent View Post
Ugh, I'd write in too.
Agree- please let AS know... we don't want this to be a thing on AS...
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Old Dec 7, 18, 12:19 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: EUG/PDX
Programs: AS MVP Au, UA Ag, HH Dia, Marriott safety glasses, IHG, Nexus, *$ Au
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Agree- please let AS know... we don't want this to be a thing on AS...
Ditto. If it comes down to a delay in closing the door/flight, I’ve seen GAs notify the FA to move someone up to F after they’re in the air.

Is BOS still contract ground staff?
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Old Dec 9, 18, 1:38 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Seattle
Programs: AS MVPGold75k, IHG - Priority Club Platinum, Hilton Honors Diamond, Marriott Rewards Silver
Posts: 1,165
12/10/18 SEA-OAK AS 2411 75K Upgrade cleared at T-96+ hours. (did not notice the exact time)
12/11/18 OAK-SEA AS 371 75k Upgrade cleared at T-96+ hours

Oddly. enough I got an email from my corp TA that shows four flights (original main cabin plus new upgraded flights) and all four were cancelled. Called AS to see if there was any issues on their end and, just as I suspected there were none. Called the corp TA to ask them what was going on. Thankfully although she could see the cancellation notice she could also see I was still ticketed and made a note to NOT cancel my flights, especially as it would cost much more to repurchase the tickets not to mention potentially losing the upgrade.
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Old Dec 10, 18, 9:36 am
  #520  
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Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: BLI
Programs: Alaska MVPG
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12/11/18
HNL-LAX
AS766
MVPG

Needed a flight home from Honolulu. Saw this flight last night with U space available. Purchased the cheapest ticket I could find and was instantly upgraded. Love cheap flights in your upgrade window with open U space.
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Old Dec 10, 18, 9:58 am
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SFO / HGH
Programs: UA 1K, AS MVPG 75K, Marriott Gold, Hertz PC
Posts: 1,367
Last minute MR:

12/11
SEA-BOS
AS24
G75K
R
T-36
12/8

12/12
BOS-SFO
AS1351
G75K
R
At booking. U showed and cleared instantly
12/8
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Old Dec 10, 18, 12:00 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Washington, D.C.
Posts: 350
Date: December 8, 2018
Route: LAX-DCA
Flight Number: AS1006 (A321 equipment)
Status: 75K
Fare Class: R
Time the upgrade cleared: #1 on upgrade list at T-24, with only 1 seat remaining in F. Upgrade cleared at ~T-12 hours, flight went to F0. Ended up not being able to fly and cancelled the ticket, but wanted to provide a data point.
Date of ticket purchase: Late September 2018
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Old Dec 10, 18, 1:39 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2006
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12/10/18 ANC-SEA AS84 G75K upgrade T-6. SDC'd yesterday to flight.
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Old Dec 10, 18, 9:04 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: SAN
Programs: AS MVPG, IHG Platinum, Choice Gold, National Exec
Posts: 80
12/10
SAN-EWR
AS772
MVPG
R
T-30 min.
10/29

First flight as MVPG and was able to score an upgrade. Unusually, no upgrades processed until less than an hour before the flight. I was number 8 on the list and 10 cleared to F.
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Old Dec 10, 18, 10:25 pm
  #525  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: SEA
Programs: AS G75K, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 197
12/10
LAS:SEA
G75K
AS619
M
SDC'd at T24
Battlefield Upgrade

Flight was full and sold out of 1st class. A party must have missed the flight as they came and grabbed all 4 G75Ks that were in the Exits and upgraded us. It was quite a pleasant surprise.
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