So - who got a free upgrade this week?

Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:43 am
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So - who got a free upgrade this week?

The reason I ask is that I did not. In fact I have not had one on any airline ever despite many hundreds of flights over the last 51 years..

If you did get one this week please let me know where from/to, what class and how smug did you feel.. It won't make me feel any happier stuck down here in Y with the great unwashed but it would be nice to know someone gets one.

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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:47 am
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I flew easy jet if that makes you feel any better

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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by sunshinebob
If you did get one this week please let me know where from/to, what class and how smug did you feel.. It won't make me feel any happier stuck down here in Y with the great unwashed but it would be nice to know someone gets one.
Today / DLM-LGW / ET to CE in MMB / Not so smug, it happens.

But did you really want to know that? Trust you are using RFS to the full, since that's one of the best levers into CE.
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Today / DLM-LGW / ET to CE in MMB / Not so smug, it happens.

But did you really want to know that? Trust you are using RFS to the full, since that's one of the best levers into CE.
But for the upgrade, wouldn't that have violated the Hamburg rule?
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:53 am
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I flew yesterday, I didn't get upgraded on either flight because I paid for the best class available.
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:55 am
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Well, you live near Malaga so count your blessings in other ways.

It's nice when you get upgraded but it's happened to me rarely. Not this week, although the coffee bar I go to every day did offer me a free second croissant today!
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Today / DLM-LGW / ET to CE in MMB / Not so smug, it happens.

But did you really want to know that? Trust you are using RFS to the full, since that's one of the best levers into CE.
Yes I use the RFS but that's not free really.. Its the op ups that a friend of a friend always seems to get.. When you pay for one seat and someone upgrades to the next level.. I get it with hotels and car hire ( like most people ) but never on a plane..

Does anyone or is it a myth?
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:55 am
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I'm on one flight this week, in CE, so no upgrade for me I'm afraid.

I'll be a bit annoyed if the cabin turns out to be stuffed full of people on free upgrades though.
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Originally Posted by zeltergiset
But for the upgrade, wouldn't that have violated the Hamburg rule?
Indeed - I also await an explanation for this worrying behaviour
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:58 am
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ET to CE on Saturday - on a redemption (LHR - MUC)
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:58 am
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I seem to get op upped maybe a third the time on CX flights lately, including from W to J on KUL-HKG last week. CX seems very skilled at filling (and then overfilling) their flights, so some status passengers have to move forwards, even lowly non-CX OWSs like me.
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by sunshinebob
Does anyone or is it a myth?
Of course it happens, but most airlines (main exception being US carriers for domestic routes) will not upgrade passengers simply because they can. It mainly happens when the cabin booked is oversold or for service recovery.
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 10:03 am
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I'm GGL and very rarely get an upgrade from Club to First, despite 120 sectors a year. I keep hearing that upgrades do frequently happen, but I suspect it is very route sensitive and day/time. Eg HKG and JKF on a Thursday seem to have better than average odds of an upgrade...
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by zeltergiset
But for the upgrade, wouldn't that have violated the Hamburg rule?
Originally Posted by csutter
Indeed - I also await an explanation for this worrying behaviour
Well I got the upgrade, so the Hamburg rule remains sacrosant? It just saved me reaching for my credit card.

SunnyBob, upgrades do happen, but not often on BA, and only if you have serious status and a full flight. I get CW to First reasonably frequently, more than the "three upgrades and you're out" proposition, but I certainly can't rely on them. I think BA's got it right, I don't travel any lower than CW [though I do have an exception coming up] since I want to travel CW and would not want to rely on upgrades to get there. Note, incidentally, it was a friend of a friend.....
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Trust you are using RFS to the full, since that's one of the best levers into CE.
Is it? Do you mean you're more likely to be op-upped if you're on a redemption booking?

My only bump up so far was on a RFS, ORY-LHR; the flight was oversold in Y.
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