Impact of AA clearing upgrades later than in the past

 
Old Feb 9, 10, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by ttusqrl View Post
I love how people feel put out that you ask them to move from 4B to 5B or vice versa.
Interesting- we've never had anyone feel put out when we ask. There was one guy who didn't want to move from like 4B to 6D on a 763, saying that he didn't like the back row. Of course, the seats are the same, and there is no recline difference, so his reasons were, IMO, silly. But he was cordial in his refusal and we commented no further. I made other arrangements with a double switch that worked.

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Old Feb 9, 10, 11:02 am
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The impact is that the end of the world is near.
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Old Feb 10, 10, 9:55 am
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My Saturday night transcon upgrade for this weekend cleared overnight, almost 85 hours prior to departure. I had anticipated that upgrades would clear much closer to departure because of the continuing bad weather on the East coast, but was pleasantly surprised to get the email.
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Old Feb 10, 10, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by GregL View Post
2) Who does this impact? As a party of 2 on an international flight, if AA opens upgrade space later and in smaller quantities, I could see us (with EXP priority) getting passed up while others get confirmed only to find no seats let in the end.
There are some other threads in the AA forum that give more details, but AA frequently releases upgrades one seat at a time. Couples will be skipped over in favor of singles in that case. You can split your PNR to allow yourselves to be upgraded one-at-a-time.
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Old Feb 10, 10, 12:57 pm
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I'm grateful some upgrades are held until the last moment. Very helpful for EP's booking flights well after the 100 hour mark

I suspect chance is still the biggest player in the game though. Last week I was #3 on the list at the gate on ORD/DFW and my name was called in line to grab my new BP (whew!). Lucky for me someone had caught an earlier flight ...
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Old Feb 11, 10, 9:46 pm
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Last December I was flying DFW-LAS on a Sunday evening. Flight was a 757 with 7s across the board and a whopping four people in F at my 24 Gold upgrade window. Upgrade didn't clear until six hours before the flight. The flight ended up leaving with four empties in F and ten non-revs.
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Old Feb 11, 10, 10:55 pm
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I think it really depends on route/ day/ time.

As a general comment, it does seem like upgrades are clearing a lot later than they used to.

I do feel that AA could release some of the seats a bit earlier (i.e holding 17 of 30 seats on domestic until 24 hours out seems a bit much).
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Old Feb 11, 10, 11:21 pm
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Historically, I have found the clearance mark to be all over the place and I fly mostly the harder-to-upgrade routes; LAX-JFK, NRT, LHR, DFW. It can vary wildly from 100+ hours out to the GA handing me a new BP as the plane is loading.

If they are holding seats longer, it does seem logical that they want to sell them if overall capacity has been cut.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 9:06 am
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I've found C inventory on the JFK-LHR route to be less available a couple of months out than in previous years, though this may also be a function of reduced frequency, and hence capacity, on that route.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 9:17 am
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Is anyone else experiencing that they don't receive emails when flights are upgraded? For both of my segments this weekend I was upgraded and didn't know until I checked on aa.com.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 11:32 am
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Ya I actually haven't been receiving upgrade notification emails on all my upgrades either. I've probably only received the UG email about 2/3 of the time. I have no idea why some of my UGed flts don't receive an email.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by McFlyPHL View Post
Heck, I'd be all for clearing EVERYTHING day of departure by status and fare. Then you'd never have an EXP in the back wanting to upgrade while a PLT or GLD rides up front.
Careful now...that's the DL approach, and their elites are so pissed they are leaving in droves.

Despite all of its flaws, I am convinced AA has the best elite upgrade policy in the biz.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by trojanman View Post
Careful now...that's the DL approach, and their elites are so pissed they are leaving in droves
I'm 2/2 this year on DL upgrades at 48 hours out as a Silver. I don't think it's as widespread as people have let on. At least, I hope it's not.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by DFW25FLY View Post
Ya I actually haven't been receiving upgrade notification emails on all my upgrades either. I've probably only received the UG email about 2/3 of the time. I have no idea why some of my UGed flts don't receive an email.
I don't know if the upg emails are different for evip vs. stickers, but my evip cleared a few days didn't have a email til I saw it on aa. com

Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
I'm 2/2 this year on DL upgrades at 48 hours out as a Silver. I don't think it's as widespread as people have let on. At least, I hope it's not.
Maybe I'm having harder routes this year and even though I'm still getting the upgrades, it feels like upgrades are tougher to come by overall.
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Old Feb 12, 10, 9:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Short hair Francis View Post
I don't know if the upg emails are different for evip vs. stickers, but my evip cleared a few days didn't have a email til I saw it on aa. com
You don't get email notifications for eVIP upgrades. Once in a while you get a phone notification, but I haven't had one recently.
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