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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 20, 18, 2:58 pm
  #556  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bay Area
Programs: UA 1K, AA P+, WN A-list, AS MVP 75K, Hilton Diamond, Marriott/SPG Platinum
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Originally Posted by Skyjumper View Post
My last ever flight on AS
Where you taking your business to?
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:02 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: SFO
Programs: AS MVP Gold / Marriott Bonvoy(age) Titanium Elite, IHG Platinum, WN A+/CP, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 187
Date 12/18/2018
Route LAX>>SFO
Flight Number 1899
Status: MVP Gold
Fare Class: R (like really cheap paid $44 total for the flight)
When: Already boarded and paged to move out of 6F to 2F....
Purchased: 12/4/2018

Pretty good deal for F class and paid practically nothing for the flight - thanks WN!
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Old Dec 21, 18, 4:45 am
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Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: SFO
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12/15
MVPG
BNA -> SFO
flight 1101
fare R
upgraded to F upon checkin T-24

12/17
MVPG
flight 1896
fare R
SFO -> LAS
Upgraded to F upon check in T-24

12/19
MVPG
flight 1905
fare R
LAS -> SFO
Upgraded to F upon check in T-24
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Old Dec 21, 18, 10:08 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East or West
Posts: 324
12/21
MVP
Flight 1045
Fare T
LAX-SFO
cleared T-12 (after checking in at T-24)

12/23
MVP
Flight 1948
Fare V
SFO-LAX
cleared T-48 (got the email at LAX for the above flight)
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Old Dec 23, 18, 1:49 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Juneau, Ft Lauderdale, Whitehorse, and mostly 2A or 3C. Never, EVER 4 though.
Programs: AS MVPG + BR, DL GM, Hertz Pres Circle, Natl Emerald Exec, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Silver
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Well.... took 25 minutes on hold and "a one time favor", but cleared ANC-KOA. When I know I don't clear in advance, i check-in on the website, and sure enough, First Class Upgrades link appeared (for purchase)


24 Dec JNU/ANC - AS 61 - cleared at 72 Hr window
24 Dec ANC/KOA - AS 872 - cleared at OLCI For 61 (So, 29 hours prior?) U space opened overnight.
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Old Dec 23, 18, 6:19 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SFO
Programs: AS, UA, Marriott, Hyatt, TR Seven Stars
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Originally Posted by UAPremierExec View Post



Well.... took 25 minutes on hold and "a one time favor", but cleared ANC-KOA. When I know I don't clear in advance, i check-in on the website, and sure enough, First Class Upgrades link appeared (for purchase)


24 Dec JNU/ANC - AS 61 - cleared at 72 Hr window
24 Dec ANC/KOA - AS 872 - cleared at OLCI For 61 (So, 29 hours prior?) U space opened overnight.
HA! The Grinch graphic is ridiculously appropriate in this post. Congrats on 25 min. well spent and the good fortune in not having your UG bought out from underneath you while on hold.

Merry Xmas!
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Old Dec 23, 18, 6:23 pm
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Ok I'm confused again.

Are F upgrades only available for purchase when U space is available?

In other words, is this only a case of the upgrade processor being stuck (which does happen from time to time) or is it a case of them selling F upgrades even when U is not available?

In any case, congrats on the seat upgrade, as well as the weather upgrade
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Old Dec 23, 18, 6:34 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Ok I'm confused again.

Are F upgrades only available for purchase when U space is available?
Yes.

In other words, is this only a case of the upgrade processor being stuck (which does happen from time to time) or is it a case of them selling F upgrades even when U is not available?
It's not necessarily stuck, but it's obviously not processing and no, they won't sell the online UGs if U is not open.

In any case, congrats on the seat upgrade, as well as the weather upgrade
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Old Dec 23, 18, 8:45 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: CVG, BOS/PVD
Programs: AS MVPG, AA Plat
Posts: 108
12/23
MVPG
flight 29
fare K
ORD -> SEA
Cleared at T-1
pretty empty up front; I was #6 on upgrade list and 9 of us cleared into F
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Old Dec 23, 18, 10:41 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Juneau, Ft Lauderdale, Whitehorse, and mostly 2A or 3C. Never, EVER 4 though.
Programs: AS MVPG + BR, DL GM, Hertz Pres Circle, Natl Emerald Exec, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Silver
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Ok I'm confused again.

Are F upgrades only available for purchase when U space is available?

In other words, is this only a case of the upgrade processor being stuck (which does happen from time to time) or is it a case of them selling F upgrades even when U is not available?

In any case, congrats on the seat upgrade, as well as the weather upgrade
Alaska's release of U space is a confusing one. My Juneau-Anchorage flight tomorrow, I was the only 1 to clear at 72 hours,and then today at 24 hours, 2 more cleared. (1 person is flying SEA-JNU-XXX and cleared at the 72 hour mark) That puts 4 of us in front. There are now a handful of people on the waitlist, and after checking with a friend, the cabin is only booked to *4* of us tomorrow. Out of 12.

Yet, on Anchorage-Kona, which AS probably has a better chance of selling F, they released U down to full inventory (2 seats) last night. So I got one today, and noticed 6 open seats. Checked with friend, F was at "2" this morning before I cleared. Then 1 left, and 1 in U. Which then was probably sold, as there are now 20+ on the upgrade list.

Getting an upgrade on Alaska is like a dart game. Sometimes you just get lucky, and the rules mean nothing.
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Old Dec 23, 18, 10:42 pm
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Hi -

My understanding is that they are supposed to clear the elite UG list before selling any upgrades.

I have noticed recently that they have brought up a passenger or two to fill up FC right before door closure.

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Old Dec 24, 18, 11:14 am
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Join Date: Sep 2011
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Originally Posted by Orwaid View Post
Hi -

My understanding is that they are supposed to clear the elite UG list before selling any upgrades.

I have noticed recently that they have brought up a passenger or two to fill up FC right before door closure.



That's what they've claimed for years, but once U is available, anyone on a computer or at a kiosk will be offered F upgrade for sale (within T-24, to be clear), well ahead of any gate lists being cleared. I see it all the time.

There's also the elite loophole at this point for those that haven't been upgraded yet, but no one likes to really publicize that one...for obvious reasons.

Last edited by NoLaGent; Dec 24, 18 at 12:13 pm Reason: added: 24 hour rule
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Old Dec 27, 18, 12:30 am
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: TUS/PDX
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12/21 PHX-SEA 245p departure: UG @ ~8 hours. Companion stayed in the exit row aisle I vacated. She appreciated not getting a middle seat.
12/22 SEA-PDX 10a departure: UG before door closure, with an apologetic GA saying there was room for me and not my companion in F. I stayed put in my PC seat since I didn’t feel like rebuilding my nest and it was 27 minutes of flying time. Flight was on a reconfigured 73G and F looked nice. Less under seat legroom in row 6, however. Not sure why.
12/27 PDX-PHX 730p departure: UG for me and companion (she’s a MVP), at about 6 hours.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 11:24 am
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MVP75K 12/25 SEA-STL, 5:55PM Departure, UG @ 120 Hours with Companion.

F went out with 3 open seats. Judging from Waitlist for Upgrades and seat map, we were the ONLY elites eligible for upgrade on the flight.
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Old Dec 27, 18, 12:04 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2011
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Originally Posted by dabeags View Post
MVP75K 12/25 SEA-STL, 5:55PM Departure, UG @ 120 Hours with Companion.

F went out with 3 open seats. Judging from Waitlist for Upgrades and seat map, we were the ONLY elites eligible for upgrade on the flight.
SEA-STL is an interesting route. The earlier departure (currently 12:25p, I believe) sometimes has upgrade waitlists of 50+ pax, with no one clearing at the gate, while the late afternoon/early evening departure you mention often has U space available on the day of departure with no one on the upgrade list... this is somewhat dependent on the day of the week, but the disparity in popularity with AS elites between these two flights has been pretty remarkable, in my opinion.
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