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Operational Upgrades (op up) - all about and "I got one" (consolidated)

Operational Upgrades (op up) - all about and "I got one" (consolidated)

Old Apr 29, 15, 8:32 am
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As we now have one frequent programme for everyone on our happy island, I've closed off the thread that used to cover this topic in the Pre-Consolidation AA forum (still viewable for posterity here), and started this new thread.

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Old Apr 29, 15, 8:32 am
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Chances of free upgrade?

I realized it's been over a year since I've been here... ! Taking the family (DH and the kid) to Disney World tomorrow, JFK-MCO. Last summer when we did this trip, we got free upgraded when checking our bags. Wondering whether we stand a chance of pixie dust again... EF shows about 50% of the seats in first available, and a lot of availability in Preferred Economy, which makes me think there are not very many elites on this flight.

What are the chances - are there any guidelines for how these are done at the airport?

(this post is 90% idle speculation, since it looks like we'll have plenty of room in our Preferred Economy seats anyway - the kid is 3 - and I am too cheap to use my 500-mile upgrades on such a short flight).
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Old Apr 29, 15, 8:40 am
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Old Apr 29, 15, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by kboo View Post
I realized it's been over a year since I've been here... ! Taking the family (DH and the kid) to Disney World tomorrow, JFK-MCO. Last summer when we did this trip, we got free upgraded when checking our bags. Wondering whether we stand a chance of pixie dust again... EF shows about 50% of the seats in first available, and a lot of availability in Preferred Economy, which makes me think there are not very many elites on this flight.

What are the chances - are there any guidelines for how these are done at the airport?

(this post is 90% idle speculation, since it looks like we'll have plenty of room in our Preferred Economy seats anyway - the kid is 3 - and I am too cheap to use my 500-mile upgrades on such a short flight).
Unless coach is oversold and they operationally upgrade you, pretty much 0% chance. I've been on many a flight with my family of 4 (me EXP, kid PLT), with first not full and needless to say no one ever came and got me or my kid to upgrade... the seat will go out empty or with a non-rev in it. On the flip side, those flights typically end up having so few elites that the FA's are very attentive over the only EXP on the flight (me). My poor kids have no idea that my Monday morning DFW-LAX flights with 60+ EXPs never have this type of service.

As an FYI, until the reservation system merges, you can fly US metal/coded flights and get you and your companion upgraded free without certificates. Im doing this for summer vacation specifically for this reason, as the 24 upgrade stickers combined for them round trip would cost me a blooming fortune.
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Old Jul 17, 15, 5:29 pm
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Operational Upgrades (op up) - all about and "I got one" (consolidated)

I received an op-up on AA 361, DFW-DEN, a couple weeks ago, as a Plat on an S fare originally seated in 15D on a full 738. A gate agent escorted me to a nice aisle seat in F about 5 minutes before the boarding door closed.
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Old Jul 20, 15, 4:03 pm
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I finally got not one but two as a plat on a revenue ticket: DFW-OMA and OMA-DFW.

I'm thinking that I should go buy my lotto ticket now.
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Old Jul 23, 15, 1:35 pm
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6/14/2015 OpUp J cabin to F on AA280 ICN-DFW
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Old Jul 24, 15, 6:54 am
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Old Jul 24, 15, 2:46 pm
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I forgot to post this op up experience when it happened. My mother and I, both Executive Platinum, were flying on award seats to Kona to view the volcano on May 1, 2015. I booked the flights on April 30, 2015 and had to fly DFW to IAH to LAX to KOA; this was the shortest route available on the MileSAAver award.

We flew coach from DFW to IAH and from LAX to KOA as scheduled; I had exit row seats so I was happy. On our flight from Houston to LAX, the FA came to our seats just before take-off and glanced down at the manifest. I thought that she was going to welcome us as Executive Platinum members. She explained that because of weight issues, she needed us to move to first class and asked if we minded changing seats. We quickly moved from coach to the bulkhead in first and enjoyed a lovely lunch of shrimp salad and several glasses of white wine. This segment was on American Eagle and the first time that we experienced first on a regional jet. It was a very nice surprise.
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Old Jul 24, 15, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyForFun View Post
I forgot to post this op up experience when it happened. My mother and I, both Executive Platinum, were flying on award seats to Kona to view the volcano on May 1, 2015. I booked the flights on April 30, 2015 and had to fly DFW to IAH to LAX to KOA; this was the shortest route available on the MileSAAver award.

We flew coach from DFW to IAH and from LAX to KOA as scheduled; I had exit row seats so I was happy. On our flight from Houston to LAX, the FA came to our seats just before take-off and glanced down at the manifest. I thought that she was going to welcome us as Executive Platinum members. She explained that because of weight issues, she needed us to move to first class and asked if we minded changing seats. We quickly moved from coach to the bulkhead in first and enjoyed a lovely lunch of shrimp salad and several glasses of white wine. This segment was on American Eagle and the first time that we experienced first on a regional jet. It was a very nice surprise.
Nice how much room is there on the regional jet in first class ?
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Old Jul 24, 15, 7:29 pm
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Originally Posted by hornedfrog View Post
Nice how much room is there on the regional jet in first class ?
It was comparable to a Super 80, I think. I have been on so many planes since May 1 that it is hard to remember. It was definitely more comfortable and more legroom than coach.

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Old Jul 24, 15, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by radarskiy View Post
6/14/2015 OpUp J cabin to F on AA280 ICN-DFW
very nice
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Old Aug 6, 15, 12:01 am
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Got one yesterday on HKG-DFW to Y to J. No complaints there!
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Old Aug 6, 15, 11:50 am
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SWU?

Originally Posted by uscjeff View Post
Got one yesterday on HKG-DFW to Y to J. No complaints there!
Just got my EXP tags, etc. yesterday so am brand new-yay!
Question: were you on SWU upgrade list?
Wow, if not, that is something special.
Doing DFW-HKG and return in five weeks, apparently about 6-12 out on list.
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Old Aug 18, 15, 8:37 pm
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AA37 MAD-DFW 2 op-ups

My colleague and his GF were returning from vacation in Spain last weekend. Although he is PLT and GF no status, he seemed to forget that they could check in at the "premium" counter. He asked at that counter anyway, and the agent asked if he were Spanish (my colleague said 'yes, and American too'), then the agent type-type-typed and said, "Here's your boarding passes for Business class".

Needless to say, my colleague and GF were astonished and grateful indeed!
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