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Strategy for Hawaii flight, MVP status & companion?

Strategy for Hawaii flight, MVP status & companion?

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Old Mar 16, 19, 7:25 pm
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Sorry to bring up a 2 month old thread but question is similar. MVP Gold flying SJC-HNL on a full Y fare in about 3.5 weeks (House hunting trip) using companion pass for my wife. She shows as full Y also. No U space available at time of booking. Both tickets show waitlisted for First, already have PC seats. Where do we fit into the upgrade priority? First time using my companion pass for the AS credit card.

Another question. Are MVP Gold on full Y fares given any priority over 75K's on much lower fares? Flying Monday SJC-SEA-DEN on a full Y fare for work. Booked last minute (last night). Show waitlisted.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 8:13 pm
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You are eligible for instant upgrade. You were added to the queue when you bought the ticket. Everyone else (on non-instant-upgrade-eligible fares) is added when their upgrade window opens.

You are behind all the 75ks who bought eligible fares, including the ones who bought after you (they have a different queue). You are also behind all the golds or mvps who bought eligible fares before you.

Once you are 5 days before the trip, all the 75ks will get added to the 75k queue -- they will also be ahead of you (again, on the 75k queue). So it's better for you if U space opens more than 5 days out.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 9:03 am
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Your best shot at upgrades are GGUs. IME MVP is pretty much useless on AS if you are using a BofA $99 ticket as you both have to fly in the same cabin. So the only way to upgrade is (1) GGU or (2) at the airport counter if they are offering buy-ups (or TOD upgrades as we say on UA). The MVP would get a free upgrade and the companion would pay the fee. But Hawaii is very popular for upgrades so this strategy is a long shot as I find the cabin is often full by the time I arrive at airport. We have done both 1 and 2 successfully.

In your case this isn't going to work because your kids are the companions. So you would have to upgrade one child and one adult as required by companion fare.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
But Hawaii is very popular for upgrades so this strategy is a long shot as I find the cabin is often full by the time I arrive at airport.
Really? I don't know about SJC but flying HNL and OGG to/from SFO and OAK, as MVP, I was 3/4 on upgrades, and the one time I missed I was 1st on the list.

This represents about half my upgrades for last year. I always figured it was extremely elite-light.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Really? I don't know about SJC but flying HNL and OGG to/from SFO and OAK, as MVP, I was 3/4 on upgrades, and the one time I missed I was 1st on the list.

This represents about half my upgrades for last year. I always figured it was extremely elite-light.
It is elite light but many people are happy to pay $100 to upgrade a 5-hour flight. So IME the buy-ups disappear fast. Remember the MVP upgrade only covers one person (this is where MVP-G becomes much more useful).
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Old Mar 19, 19, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
It is elite light but many people are happy to pay $100 to upgrade a 5-hour flight. So IME the buy-ups disappear fast. Remember the MVP upgrade only covers one person (this is where MVP-G becomes much more useful).
$199 now, not $100. I grabbed two for my parents last week as soon as the blue F showed up. I was watching like a hawk.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ucdtim17 View Post
$199 now, not $100. I grabbed two for my parents last week as soon as the blue F showed up. I was watching like a hawk.
It depends on the flight distance. Hawaii was $150 prior to the last fee changes.

Paid upgrades may be available within 24 hours of flight departure through online check-in. They may be available on the calendar day of departure at a kiosk, airport ticket counter or at the departure gate.

Pay for an upgrade table One-Way by trip miles.

Price

*0 - 450 $29
451 - 700 $49
701 - 1,400 $99
1,401 - 2,100 $149
2,101 and above $199

*Taxes apply

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Old Mar 19, 19, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
It depends on the flight distance. Hawaii was $150 prior to the last fee changes.

Paid upgrades may be available within 24 hours of flight departure through online check-in. They may be available on the calendar day of departure at a kiosk, airport ticket counter or at the departure gate.

Pay for an upgrade table One-Way by trip miles.

Price

*0 - 450 $29
451 - 700 $49
701 - 1,400 $99
1,401 - 2,100 $149
2,101 and above $199

*Taxes apply

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Yes I was saying Hawaii upgrades are now $199, not $100. There are no Hawaii flights under 2,101 miles
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Old Mar 19, 19, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by ucdtim17 View Post


Yes I was saying Hawaii upgrades are now $199, not $100. There are no Hawaii flights under 2,101 miles
Yes, I understand. However upgrades were $150 prior, not $100.
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