What to do with all those GGU's?

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Old Dec 23, 18, 3:41 pm
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Didn’t we used to have a thread for people to gift their expiring GGU’s to other members at this time of year? I remember the mods put some rules in place such as one had to be an established member (not a brand new member look for freebies).

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Old Dec 23, 18, 4:47 pm
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Old Apr 10, 19, 12:26 am
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For Gold/75K member who did not originally buy the "upgradable fare" and wants to do so later when U space is available, I assume it is possible that fare goes way up relative to the original "upgradeable fare" observed at booking.

As an example, if U space isn't available, and the premium over main cabin fare is $100, it seems the best practice I've read on this thread is that one should not buy that upgradable fare. However, I assume in this case we are risking the premium going higher than $100 quoted in this example. Is that right? Any experiences or best practices to share?
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Old Apr 10, 19, 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by roberto.triviani View Post
For Gold/75K member who did not originally buy the "upgradable fare" and wants to do so later when U space is available, I assume it is possible that fare goes way up relative to the original "upgradeable fare" observed at booking.

As an example, if U space isn't available, and the premium over main cabin fare is $100, it seems the best practice I've read on this thread is that one should not buy that upgradable fare. However, I assume in this case we are risking the premium going higher than $100 quoted in this example. Is that right? Any experiences or best practices to share?
For me, as an MVPG75K, I don't purchase upgradeable fares unless I can confirm the upgrade at the time of booking. Sometimes the lowest main fare is already an eligible fare; K class or higher.

An MVPG75K can select any seat, including exit and premium, at the time of booking, down to R class, without charge, so I will just choose a premium seat and expect to sit there. My position on the waitlist is usually very high and I am upgraded most of the time anyway.

Between my partner and I, we were able to utilize all 26 of our GGUs last year on itineraries including transcons, Hawaii & Costa Rica on companion certificates. In many cases only 1 GGU each was required to upgrade 3 & 4 segments on our itineraries.

If you are flying on non-reconfigured pmVX aircraft, those flights will have little to none U space prior to OLCI and broken seats reducing inventory are not being fixed.

Since you have a change/cancel fee waiver as an MVPG+, I wouldn't purchace an eligible fare with no U availability. I would monitor for U and call in to upfare and secure the upgrade up to T-120 if you feel the fare difference, commensurate to flight duration, fits your value parameters. Purchasing an eligible fare is no guarantee of an upgrade.

For MVPG. I would never purchase an eligible fare without U as if no U opens up prior to the MVPG75K window at T-120 hrs, according to others on this thread, an MVPG75K, even on an ineligible fare, would be upgraded before an MVPG on an eligible fare.

In the case of the lowest main cabin fare already being eligible, I would monitor and if U opens, call to apply your GGU right up to gate control since sometimes there is a lag between the release of U space and the upgrade processor running, giving "opportunity" to "snag" the upgrade.

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Old Apr 10, 19, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by roberto.triviani View Post
As an example, if U space isn't available, and the premium over main cabin fare is $100, it seems the best practice I've read on this thread is that one should not buy that upgradable fare. However, I assume in this case we are risking the premium going higher than $100 quoted in this example. Is that right? Any experiences or best practices to share?
Correct, it's possible that the lower GGU fare classes might sell out, or the fares may be expire or refile at a higher (or lower!) price depending on the lead time.

Note that if the lowest available fare class is your status' instant upgrade, U is open, and it's just you or you+1 companion, it makes more sense to save the GGU and just take the instant upgrade. M or higher qualifies for a Class of Service bonus.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 8:04 am
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post


Correct, it's possible that the lower GGU fare classes might sell out, or the fares may be expire or refile at a higher (or lower!) price depending on the lead time.

Note that if the lowest available fare class is your status' instant upgrade, U is open, and it's just you or you+1 companion, it makes more sense to save the GGU and just take the instant upgrade. M or higher qualifies for a Class if Service bonus.
For MVPG75K, H is also an eligible fare. Y, S, B & M have a COS bonus while H does not.

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Old Apr 10, 19, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by roberto.triviani View Post
For Gold/75K member who did not originally buy the "upgradable fare" and wants to do so later when U space is available, I assume it is possible that fare goes way up relative to the original "upgradeable fare" observed at booking.

As an example, if U space isn't available, and the premium over main cabin fare is $100, it seems the best practice I've read on this thread is that one should not buy that upgradable fare. However, I assume in this case we are risking the premium going higher than $100 quoted in this example. Is that right? Any experiences or best practices to share?
What I would do is:

1. Get an EF subscription if you don't have one already.
2. Check the advance purchase requirements of the "cheap" K fare that you are targeting.
3. Keep an eye on the K inventory.

This way, you have some idea of when the price might go up.

This is NOT foolproof. I was doing something similar with another flight (not for GGU purposes, but to see if it was worthwhile for someone without a change fee waiver to purchase really early or see if prices go down later). At 3 months before the flight (to the day) AS zeroed out the two cheapest fare classes that still had availability, so the price unexpectedly jumped (unexpectedly to me, anyway... I don't know if more experience would have allowed me to see that coming)

Personally I probably would not buy a higher fare class, gambling that U would become available before upgrade windows opened, unless if the price difference was negligible (people have reported cases where it was $4... in that case, I'd just spend the $4. Even if U never opened up, it would put you slightly higher on the upgrade list when the windows opened). I certainly wouldn't spend $100 on it.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:15 pm
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Several of my recent T-30 day bookings have been for economy fare buckets that qualify for GGUs, often have 1 or 2 available upgrades, I grab the upgrade if it is a dinner flight of more than 4 hours, particularly if the instant upgrade is much more expensive.
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