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Old Aug 21, 03, 4:34 pm
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getting upgraded on BA experiences?

I am flying from LHR to Jo'burg in Sept and then Calcutta in October and was wondering what the chances are of an AA EXP getting cabin-rolled and if anyone would care to share their experiences.

Obviously I was thrilled to hear that BA now only award 25% miles now for economy fares - not. When I spoke to the BA Exec club today in North America about paying to UPG to World Traveller Plus I was treated to a display of utter customer non-service - what a difference when you call the Exec desk, they are awesome - AA all the way !
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Old Aug 21, 03, 4:37 pm
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I was operationally upgraded to Club Europe on a FRA-LHR 757 flight this past April. The flight was completely full in Y. I am EXP, but was traveling on a very inexpensive ticket (around US$120). It happened at check-in BTW.

It was, as is any operational upgrade IMO, a pleasant and very much appreciated surprise.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 4:41 pm
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Not sure about upgrades, but I like the sound of being "cabin-rolled"..... . Nothing like a good cabin rolling to lock in the Mile High club membership.


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Old Aug 21, 03, 4:54 pm
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How did it work getting miles for the inexpensive ticket from - is the 25% rule being applied strictly ?
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Old Aug 21, 03, 5:01 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by flyingscots:
How did it work getting miles for the inexpensive ticket from - is the 25% rule being applied strictly ?</font>
Okay, serious answer this time. There is no "level of application" in the 25% rule. All discount eco fares on BA will only earn 25%. The system is now set up this way and it is an automated process. The only exception being that the 500 mile minimum is still in place for shorter flights.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 5:02 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by flyingscots:
How did it work getting miles for the inexpensive ticket from - is the 25% rule being applied strictly ?</font>
It was before this policy went into effect. As such, I recieved the full 500 miles for each segement (LHR-FRA-LHR) and the 1000 EXP bonus miles (500 per segment). Today, I'd assume I'd get fewer miles, but I do not know the minimum numbers of miles you can earn.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 5:47 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by PresRDC:
Today, I'd assume I'd get fewer miles, but I do not know the minimum numbers of miles you can earn. </font>
Technically, isn't that number zero?
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Old Aug 21, 03, 7:16 pm
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I was op-upped on a BA flight from LHR to BOM flight back in 2000. What was funny is that I was on seperate itineraries and was connecting from SFO on UA. When checking in at the connections desk the checkin agent asked me if I had confirmed my flight to BOM. I stated that I did not and the agent's face turned a bit sour as if there was no way I was getting on the flight. I promptly showed my Platinum card and with after a quick phone call, handed me a boarding pass. When I looked at it, it was in J .
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Old Aug 21, 03, 10:34 pm
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I was op-upped once on a CPT&gt;LHR flight from World Traveler to World Traveler Plus. This was only because a family was throwing a fit about not being able to sit together, and I had the aisle row in the row where four of the five family members were seated. It was a full flight, so they couldn't ask me to move to another aisle seat in WT, and I would have told them to f-off if they had asked me to take a center seat.

Other than a peculiar situation like that, I think there is zero chance of an AA elite getting an op-upgrade on BA. They don't even qualify you for an exit row seat.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 11:56 pm
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Some family got op up from ET to CE LIS-LHR earlier this year. BA pundits have it that it was a purely random event and nothing to do with the fact everyone was AA PLT/OW Sapphire.
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Old Aug 22, 03, 1:43 am
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Sunday night i was op-upped from Y to J from JFK to LHR. I showed my (expired) AA GLD card at the club world check-in desks. Since I can't earn miles trans-atlantic the desk agent never looked me up in the system, so my card appeared valid on its face. I asked about rolling the cabins and she said no, as the flight was "full, but not oversold." When I went to board and my BP was rejected; I was given the double cabin upgrade. I'm sure it didn't hurt that I was flying back on Concorde.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JohnG:
Okay, serious answer this time. There is no "level of application" in the 25% rule. All discount eco fares on BA will only earn 25%. The system is now set up this way and it is an automated process. The only exception being that the 500 mile minimum is still in place for shorter flights.</font>
This exception as you mention is not so. On an economy tickey which gets 25% mileage you earn 500/4=125 miles for each leg - this is the minimum.

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Old Aug 22, 03, 3:48 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by MrBo:
Originally posted by JohnG:
Okay, serious answer this time. There is no "level of application" in the 25% rule. All discount eco fares on BA will only earn 25%. The system is now set up this way and it is an automated process. The only exception being that the 500 mile minimum is still in place for shorter flights.</font>
This exception as you mention is not so. On an economy tickey which gets 25% mileage you earn 500/4=125 miles for each leg - this is the minimum.

Not so ... see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/Forum71/HTML/016964.html

I can confirm that as recently as this morning I had an ARN-LHR flight of 911 travelled miles credit with 500 Q-miles, 500 Q-points and 1000 regular miles (EXP bonus)

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Old Aug 22, 03, 7:07 am
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Me and my friend both have only AY Silver (OW Ruby) cards and from the last 4 long hauls return flights we have taken with BA we have been upgraded 3 times from WT to WT+ (if I remember right once both ways).
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Old Aug 22, 03, 10:16 am
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The minimum then is still 500? So if a LHR-PRG flight is 644 miles, it's then 500 miles + .25 of the 144 miles, correct?
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