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DOD / DODU (LFBU) Space-available, counter, kiosk, and online upgrade (master thd)

DOD / DODU (LFBU) Space-available, counter, kiosk, and online upgrade (master thd)

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LFBU / DODU (Load Factor Based Upgrades / Day Of Departure Upgrades) and Related:

Non-elite, space-available, kiosk, online and counter upgrades (master thread)

LFBU / DODU (Load Factor Based Upgrades and Day Of Departure Upgrades) may be available close to departure if there is unused (after sales and pending upgrades) inventory once the flight has passed to airport control; these are available for payment (normally, credit card).
On line check in offers may be made at the time of check-in, including with the AA app.

Kiosk-based LFBUs may be offered at the Self-Service (Check-in) Machines ("kiosk") (and occasionally with online check-in) if there are seats available - as per the AA wording and the FAQ (see first post). One may be offered a LFBU on an award ticket.

Counter Upgrades may be offered at the ticket counter or Admirals Club in the USA or at non-stateside locations on occasion, usually announced by a small sign visible to passengers checking in at the ticket counter or Club. They may be offered (or not) and may cost as much as $750 (or more) for a longhaul transocean flight.

As per other upgrades, one earns miles / points at the level of the originally purchased fare.
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Old Jan 24, 22, 5:04 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2004
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Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
I'm EXP and I have family on these records not on my booking.
Non-refundable ticket around $475 DCA-NAS. System is offering $90 upgrade to business.
Refundable ticket around $525 DCA-NAS. System is not offering $90 upgrade to business.
I called EXP to ask why it would offer it one pax and not the other.
They couldn't provide an explanation and sent me to web support.
Web Support said it is totally random and there is nothing to do about generating it for the other record.
We did not buy if for the eligible record so if just one seat we did not deplete it.
I can't help but think it's not random and there is some parameter preventing the system from offering it to the other record.
Yes, "random" often means "I don't know."
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Old Mar 11, 22, 2:11 pm
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It’s pretty well known that it’s best to avoid ordering a a special meal if you’re hoping for an OPUP…chances go from extremely slim to none. But does anyone have any views on whether preordering meal (not a special gluten-free or vegan meal) would hurt one’s chances of getting offered a cash DOD upgrade?
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Old Mar 12, 22, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by RichieMc View Post
It’s pretty well known that it’s best to avoid ordering a a special meal if you’re hoping for an OPUP…chances go from extremely slim to none. But does anyone have any views on whether preordering meal (not a special gluten-free or vegan meal) would hurt one’s chances of getting offered a cash DOD upgrade?
I used to always order special meal on TATL and did have upgrade offer etc
Sometimes they told me that they won’t have the special meal in J and sometimes they don’t. ( but still didn’t have it)
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Old Mar 14, 22, 10:01 am
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Originally Posted by RichieMc View Post
It’s pretty well known that it’s best to avoid ordering a a special meal if you’re hoping for an OPUP…chances go from extremely slim to none.
There’s no evidence that AA takes meal orders into account for upgrades (operational or otherwise) in the same way BA does.
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