LHR @ Thanksgiving which leg should I upgrade?

 
Old Aug 20, 04, 11:30 am
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LHR @ Thanksgiving which leg should I upgrade?

I am flying to London for Thanksgiving Weekend. I am flying in and out of DCA for the domestic legs but I have split the intl. transatlantic legs between Boston and New York. I am booked on AA108 (BOS) on Nov. 23 and returning on Nov. 24 on AA107 (JFK). I curretly have seat 30A and 30J. Is it worth it to upgrade either of these flights J @ 25,000 miles?
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Old Aug 20, 04, 11:40 am
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The left leg. Sorry couldn't resist the thanksgiving/turkey connection.

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread. I am unsure but I bet someone will have a GOOD answer. If that is a 777 shouldn't those be row 31 seats?
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Old Aug 20, 04, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by CaribAA
I am flying to London for Thanksgiving Weekend. I am flying in and out of DCA for the domestic legs but I have split the intl. transatlantic legs between Boston and New York. I am booked on AA108 (BOS) on Nov. 23 and returning on Nov. 24 on AA107 (JFK). I curretly have seat 30A and 30J. Is it worth it to upgrade either of these flights J @ 25,000 miles?
One advantage of upgrading the outbound drumstick...ah leg...is that you get to use the arrivals lounge at LHR. If you are inclined to want to take a shower when you get there, that can be nice. Of course that, in and of itself, is likely not enough reason to shell out 25K miles since you can do this for about 35 bucks as well. If you do want to upgrade one anyway, then I would sugges the outbound for this reason.

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Old Aug 20, 04, 11:47 am
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I've flown JFK-LHR about 8 times in the last 10 months. My favorite "flight comfort/mileage cost maximization technique" is to upgrade the return if, and only if, you plan on sleeping on the way over to LHR and have secured a row 31 seat. When you eat before boarding and sleep right after takeoff. you don't miss out on much by being in 31. With a bag on the floor for a footrest, ambien in the system (after reaching cruising altitute - safety first), and some good headphones, I find it pretty easy to sleep in row 31. On the way home, tired from travelling and working, the upgrade during daylight hours makes the trip home more interesting and enjoyable. Much easier to work, eat and relax in the business class cabin.
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Old Aug 20, 04, 11:53 am
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Thanks for the information. I was wrong it is row 31.
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Old Aug 20, 04, 12:54 pm
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Also be aware of the GBP20 tax for upgrading out of LHR.
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Old Aug 20, 04, 5:08 pm
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Also if you have status holidays to london are great times to hope for an op-up, as platinum I have gotten upgraded thrice (once with my girlfriend & grandmother) b/c the flights were overbooked on thanksgiving/xmass.
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Old Aug 20, 04, 5:19 pm
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I would second upgrading on the return flight. I like to take advantage of all the amenities when I'm awake. On outbounds, I usually try to sleep as long as possible on the flight to Europe as the jet lag can be a killer if you haven't napped.
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Old Aug 20, 04, 6:21 pm
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Originally Posted by CaribAA
I am flying to London for Thanksgiving Weekend. I am flying in and out of DCA for the domestic legs but I have split the intl. transatlantic legs between Boston and New York. I am booked on AA108 (BOS) on Nov. 23 and returning on Nov. 24 on AA107 (JFK). I curretly have seat 30A and 30J. Is it worth it to upgrade either of these flights J @ 25,000 miles?
If you're "flying to London for Thanksgiving Weekend", why are you flying over on a Tuesday and returning the following day (so you'll be home for Thanksgiving, let alone the weekend)? Am I missing something?.....
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Old Aug 20, 04, 10:29 pm
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If you're "flying to London for Thanksgiving Weekend", why are you flying over on a Tuesday and returning the following day (so you'll be home for Thanksgiving, let alone the weekend)? Am I missing something?.....
That is what I thought too. Thanksgiving weekend usually includes a Thursday around here . It is important if you are coming home on Sunday or Monday. Last year the Monday after thanksgiving was a madhouse LHR-JFK with the check in people asking if I wanted to switch to fly home the next day (she said Sunday had been worse). I think she said she needed 13 people from J and 23 from coach to volunteer to be bumped from our flight alone. Did you call AA and ask if the upgrades are available? You may not have your choice as the 25K waitlist for our return flight on that Monday was closed when I bought the tickets in early Sept. and there was never any space opened up. This year could be totally different though. You probably should try and make a decision soon. I think your normal 'which way would you prefer to upgrade rules' don't really apply because of the holiday weekend. I would probably upgrade the outbound and angle for an op-ug or bump on the way home. The trip is bearable in Row 31.
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