Stand-by / upgrade question

 
Old Dec 19, 12, 6:37 pm
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Stand-by / upgrade question

I am at the San Jose airport and a flight to lax I tried to get on today left with 1st class seats open. I was on a Y ticket and offered to use one of my 500 mile upgrades, he basically ignored me and left an EXP and a myself (plt) with out an option. Is it possible to fly standby on a Y ticket and upgrade to first with a 500 mile upgrade?
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Old Dec 19, 12, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by valuepac View Post
I am at the San Jose airport and a flight to lax I tried to get on today left with 1st class seats open. I was on a Y ticket and offered to use one of my 500 mile upgrades, he basically ignored me and left an EXP and a myself (plt) with out an option. Is it possible to fly standby on a Y ticket and upgrade to first with a 500 mile upgrade?
That is odd. I have been upgraded in such situations.
Are you saying the gate agent didn't answer you when you were asking if an upgrade was available?
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Old Dec 19, 12, 7:16 pm
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It sounds like Y was full but F was open, and you were unable to clear standby at all.

You need to clear into Y before you can be upgraded, so technically, the GA was going by the book. But more helpful/creative GAs in this situation have been known to make it work, to somehow temporarily clear a Y seat for you to pass thru en route to F.
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Old Dec 19, 12, 7:16 pm
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Are you saying one seat in F went open, and the EXP didn't get it?
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Old Dec 19, 12, 7:48 pm
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Was the GA a guy named Pete?

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Old Dec 19, 12, 11:24 pm
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Was the GA a guy named Pete?

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Hey now! Pete spreads his special brand of sunshine on the morning shift, not evenings.

I have noticed the afternoon shifts tend to be staffed by the B-team, so I'm with swag's assessment of the situation .
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Old Dec 20, 12, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by appleblossom View Post
Hey now! Pete spreads his special brand of sunshine on the morning shift, not evenings.

I have noticed the afternoon shifts tend to be staffed by the B-team, so I'm with swag's assessment of the situation .
Yeah, I figured it was unlikely as I only see Pete in the morning. Still, it sounded very familiar, and I wasn't sure exactly what time the OP was really there

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