Possible to negotiate reduced upgrade charge?

 
Old Jan 24, 08, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by mysteryman2007 View Post
Sometimes, if you decline, you can check again at the gate. If they still have space, they may sell you it for a cheaper rate, but probably not.
And on at least one occasion in my experience, if you decline you'll get an op-up anyhow.

Originally Posted by skywalkerLAX View Post
What mileage do you earn on these tickets then ?...
In theory, any upgraded ticket earns miles/points for what was originally booked. In practice, you will sometimes get more - but that's a mistake on the part of either the system or the agent who rebooked you, not something you can plan for, influence or count on.
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Old Jan 25, 08, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
And on at least one occasion in my experience, if you decline you'll get an op-up anyhow.
This is a tough call.

If you have no status, it is a no-brainer. If you want the upgrade, you purchase it.

If you have status, you are going to be top of the list for op-ups, but its going to depend on how oversold Y is and how many people purchase these upgrades. Its a gamble.

For me, I normally fly paid Y, so by the day of the flight, if J is light, my upgrade will have cleared. I figure that as an upgrade, even as EXP I am going to be way down the list for upgrade to F, so I usually will pay up to get the F seat.

Last time I did this from NRT, the F cabin flew about half full - I dont think there were any J-F op-ups (though J was completely full) so I certainly would not have otherwise sat in F.
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Old Jan 25, 08, 10:09 am
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I was offered an upgrade from J to F on ORD-LHR for $600. I talked to the agent and she told me what other people are saying in the thread: they usually offer this when they have an oversold cabin and they need to do op-ups anyway. She also told me that there were 4 EXPs in J, so it was unlikely that I was going to get one of the op-ups (if they would happen at all). At the end, due to the travel policy of the company I worked for, I had to pass on the offer (and I wasn't offered an op-ups).
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