Do 'couples' op-ups ever happen?

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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:26 pm
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Do 'couples' op-ups ever happen?

My other half and I have a Valentines getaway to JFK booked next week, and we've been consistently shown POUG rates for both legs - potentially signifying high availability for WT+ (we're discount Y).

Before anyone attempts to jump on me saying that I'm expecting an op-up, I'm not - this question is partially practical and partially out of curiosity.

Now, I obviously don't expect to be anywhere close to the top of the op-up list, even if I was travelling solo due to being a lowly Blue, but are op-ups ever done in pairs, or does the BA system always pluck two solo travellers (if two slots even exist)?
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:29 pm
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Yes, my wife or son and I have received quite a few OpUps as a pair.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by CraigWatson View Post
are op-ups ever done in pairs [...]?
Yes. My most recent op-up was a year or two ago, so I can't rule out the possibility that things have changed, but it was for both me and Mrs IMH from WT+ to CW.

You are, of course, absolutely right not to expect an upgrade. Ever.
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Can't say about your particular route, but it did happen to me a few years ago (albeit on a shorter sector, LHR-LCA).

We connected down from Glasgow, and when we got to the gate the little machine beeped ................ and they moved all 4 of us from ET to CE. This was on a regular old 767, but it was gratefully accepted by the whole family !
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:35 pm
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It happens! On my first ever BA flight we went from IAD-LHR in WT. When we checked in for the return we saw we had been upgraded to WT+ and then when we got to the airport had a problem at the kiosk printing our boarding passes so we had to go to the counter only to find we'd been upgraded to CW.
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My partner and I upgraded WT+ to CW coming back from MIA a few years ago - and we were both Blues.
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Yes, we were upgraded from CW to First on a transatlantic reward flight, as we were boarding. That was some time ago though.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:37 pm
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I've had it as a couple from WT to CW, WT+ to CW and ET to CE. Both of us were either Golds, or one Gold one Silver.
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Do 'couples' op-ups ever happen?

Absolutely! Happened to me and my spouse twice over the Christmas Holidays. Perhaps my BA Gold status helped.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:41 pm
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It can be even better than that. The best op-up I've ever had was for 4 of us (all family) travelling together.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:45 pm
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The missus and I had two WT+ to CW a few years ago. GRU-LHR then a couple of weeks later LHR-YVR.

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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:46 pm
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Gah, now all of you have got my hopes up!

Hoping that frugalness (see my other thread on POUG fees) pays off
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:56 pm
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Gah, now all of you have got my hopes up!

Hoping [...]
Stop that! At once. People have told you that it can happen, not that you should start hoping it will. It probably won't.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 2:58 pm
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Last time I was flying MEL-LHR two friends were in CW, the husband was offered an OpUp to F which he declined. Sadly I was in WT+ or he may have sent it my way.

Flying LHR-ORD with four mates, three of us were OpUp'd to CW but the only pair on the same PNR remained in WT+, we managed to get them in the lounge but they were disappointed to say the least!
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