What's your earliest Opup?

Old Feb 3, 19, 12:26 pm
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What's your earliest Opup?

Out of interest, if you've been lucky enough for an opup, when's the earliest you've had one? Or (like the only two I've ever had) are they always the morning of the flight post-OLCI?

Apologies if this is discussed elsewhere but couldn't find it.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:28 pm
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I’ve had them 24 hours prior at OLCI, occasionally at the airport check-in desk or lounge, but far more often at the gate.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Oaxaca View Post
Iíve had them 24 hours prior at OLCI, occasionally at the airport check-in desk or lounge, but far more often at the gate.
I've never had one at the gate. Do you think the old 'be the last one on' aids with this?
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:31 pm
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Originally Posted by spicysoup View Post
I've never had one at the gate. Do you think the old 'be the last one on' aids with this?
in short, no I donít think boarding last gets your more likely to get an OpUp.

Loads are known and OpUps algorhyrhm driven.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:50 pm
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36 hours before (at least) so it was visible in MMB and allowed you to make seat changes. There is/was a nice pop up message saying youíve been upgraded and thanking you for being a GCH.

Also has them at OLCI, check in (both machine and counter), at conformance (so back to the counter for new BP) in the lounge, at the gate and on board. My observations are that none of the urban myths about upgrades have any bearing, just your CIV, oversold flights and then the machinations of the algorithm.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by spicysoup View Post
I've never had one at the gate. Do you think the old 'be the last one on' aids with this?
No, I donít think so. Youíve already been selected at that point, the new BPs are often already printed. As mentioned above, there is an algorithm which determines op-up priority order, and staff have little leeway to deviate from it.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:57 pm
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My wife and I got many OpUps at check-in at the airport in the old times before you could do check-in online. At that time, I think they were looking if you were dressed properly. We were just Blue members. Then, in the last 5 years, we would get them at the time of boarding the plane.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 2:06 pm
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The earliest was at T-24 hours during OLCI, only happened once though. Otherwise twice at the check in desk when dropping of my bag, once at LHR T5 airside connection desk when missing my connection and three times upon boarding when scanning my BP.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 2:37 pm
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I guess I am the only Gold member who for the past 3-4 years I have been Gold has never had an upgrade?
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Old Feb 3, 19, 2:40 pm
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I guess I am the only Gold member who for the past 3-4 years I have been Gold has never had an upgrade?

I've had one as a blue (WT to WTP LHR-ICN, which was very exciting and probably got me on the hook!!) and one as Gold (a pretty unexciting ET to CE LHR-MAN).
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Old Feb 3, 19, 2:49 pm
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Majority at the gate, some in the lounge, a couple at check in and the earliest was 48 hours during a stopover in SIN.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 2:51 pm
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Last one was at the desk in the first wing at LHR when I went for a passport check. Had refreshed the app prior to that and no change.
The one before that was whilst I was waiting at the gate for a flight. Refreshed the app and my seat had changed to CE. Beep at the gate when I scanned my BP.
The second flight that day went from WT+ to CW and that too was a change of seat in the app whilst I was in the lounge, although neither had updated boarding passes on the app. If I hadn't refreshed "my bookings", I wouldn't have known until the last minute, and that's not good if say you're flying through LHR and get upgraded to F.

I would say all 5 of my upgrades have been at some point between check-in / security and the gate on the day.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 3:06 pm
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I guess I am the only Gold member who for the past 3-4 years I have been Gold has never had an upgrade?
Nope, me too.
None as gold or silver, but a couple of times when blue
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Old Feb 3, 19, 3:17 pm
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I've had a few upgrades a few days before departure, when I can see that a flight is so overbooked that seat selection becomes impossible for everyone beyond pre-selected seats. If you are new to BAEC accumulation then occasionally there are reports of people getting an email telling them they have had a complimentary upgrade months before departure, though my suspicion is that again BA will know that it will have a sellout anyway. Most of my upgrades are in the final 24 hours, and most of those are in the final hour after check-in has closed and BA can see what the no-show situation is looking like. My latest in terms of timing was after I boarded and was comfortable in my CW seat, when someone came up, initially looking pleased that they had an upgrade and then alarmed that someone was in their seat. "Ah hang on", I said, did a quick refresh of my app to see 1A. "Oops looks like I got the wrong seat, my apologies...."

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Old Feb 3, 19, 3:27 pm
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I've never been OpUp'd other than ~1hr or less before flight. Once after thinking "no, £x for PE->J AUP doesn't seem worthwhile"
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