Flight too empty & Photo Opportunity!

Old Yesterday, 6:04 am
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Flight too empty & Photo Opportunity!

HI

Just a quick one. I was hoping for a sneaky AUP, but the upgrade price was 999 (WT+ to CW)

I know if I want to fly CW, I should just book it, but lets pretend that didn't happen

Was told the flight was too empty to offer any decent upgrades, only 5 people in WT+ and 77 on the whole flight.

What do you think the chances of

(a) getting an upgrade at the gate
(b) getting an upgrade from the Cabin Crew

I know chance is slim to none, but you never know!!

Flight is LGW to BDA (leaving in about 2 hours)

Also, as a subquesiton...

I am taking a couple of bobble heads away with me, to record their journey, for my wife who has a heart condition and she asked, so who am I to refuse (I know there is the question as to why I am leaving her, but that's a long story). Anyhow, was wondering what the chance of the pilot agreeing to having a photo or two of them in the flight deck?

Cheers
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Old Yesterday, 6:08 am
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a - zero and b - zero

You can only ask re the photo.
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Old Yesterday, 6:17 am
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Photos are more often than not permitted after landing at destination. Never during flight. If delays on the ground, sometimes pre flight is an option

(a) getting an upgrade at the gate
(b) getting an upgrade from the Cabin Crew
Not sure at gate, but they most likely can't take payment at this stage so won't be able to sell you an upgrade
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Old Yesterday, 6:22 am
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Forgot to add - I'd spend nothing and grab a row of three to yourself once boarding is complete... actually checking Expertflyer - plonk yourself in the middle four on rows 31-34 no one else sitting there
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Old Yesterday, 6:26 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
actually checking Expertflyer - plonk yourself in the middle four on rows 31-34 no one else sitting there
Potentially tricky on a WT+ ticket

But in fact, given the fixed vs movable armrests this may be one of those cases where asking the crew to move back to the WT cabin could make sense

EditToAdd: There's now a total of 6 seats showing occupied in WT+, it's very lightly loaded indeed
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Old Yesterday, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Potentially tricky on a WT+ ticket

But in fact, given the fixed vs movable armrests this may be one of those cases where asking the crew to move back to the WT cabin could make sense
Crikey poor attention to detail by me! Indeed the WT+ cabin is deserted with only 6 pax!
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Old Yesterday, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Potentially tricky on a WT+ ticket

But in fact, given the fixed vs movable armrests this may be one of those cases where asking the crew to move back to the WT cabin could make sense
Yep, lying down across the middle row in WT+ would be very uncomfortable. If it was a night flight, I would go back to WT and get a row of 4 to myself, but during the day I don't think I'll be able to get too much chance to sleep!

I have 21B at the moment, I don't think there will be anyone in 21A, so I have those two seats to myself.
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21A is blocked as a benefit to you, will remain empty
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Most restful sleep I ever had on a flight was a full row on an empty A380 in WT. The armrests only went to 45 degrees but that was OK and I strapped myself in with a couple of seatbelts. I would definitely self downgrade from WTP to do that (my flight was from Boston so I skipped food and went horizontal as soon as possible).
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Old Yesterday, 6:31 am
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someone else must have upgraded to WT+ (or did a very late booking) - unless I misheard the lady at checkin and she meant 5 plus me
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Originally Posted by stuvoi View Post
I have 21B at the moment, I don't think there will be anyone in 21A, so I have those two seats to myself.
Expert flyer shows 21A is blocked, I don't think you're in any danger of a seat mate. In fact, at the moment you have the entire front row to yourself!

There is someone in 22B, I expect they may move when you recline (if you don't move to 21A) - they're not short of options!
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Go sit yourself in 22A and see if 22B kicks off like this person... made my chuckle reading this

Why is there somebody sitting next to me?
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Go sit yourself in 22A and see if 22B kicks off like this person... made my chuckle reading this

Why is there somebody sitting next to me?
That's funny. I am a very social person, except if someone is sitting next to me on an empty plane/train
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No upgrade will occur at the gate or on board. The flight would of been catered to the bare minimum.
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I am curious to know why the OP would think an empty flight would get him an upgrade?
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