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Upgrade tips for overbooked international flight?

Old Aug 30, 12, 4:50 pm
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Upgrade tips for overbooked international flight?

Hi
The DTW-LHR flight tonight is overbooked.
We are 2 gold medallions. How do we get bumped to first class.
Anything we can do to help the process?
Thanks
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Old Aug 30, 12, 5:06 pm
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Here's what you can do:

1) Check-in
2) Sit in the gate area
3) Wait for your name to be called

In all seriousness, the gate agents will go in order of priority for op-ups, starting with DM's, then PM's, then GM's. You can always ask the check-in or gate agent, but that won't help your chances.
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Old Aug 30, 12, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Deemus7 View Post
...You can always ask the check-in or gate agent, but that won't help your chances.
+1.

Nothing you can do unless you know the gate agent personally. Oh, it will not be possible to get into First class, only Business class.
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Old Aug 30, 12, 5:18 pm
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My fight tomorrow JFK-LHR is J5Y0 although there are 13 empty seats i can switch to. All 3 nonstops are Y0 with a total of 16 available in J. Might be tough to get an op-up. Your flight I believe is J7 and I suspect it will be tough for a GM or 2. Good luck!
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Old Aug 30, 12, 6:04 pm
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Sorry, I did mean business class and those seats are great!
Just wanted to make sure there was nothing to do. I know it is all computerized but
theres always hope. At the club right now, do we need to be at the gate ?
Thanks for the info.
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Old Aug 30, 12, 6:34 pm
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I have lucked out getting a couple upgrades from Toyko back to MSP in the last year on overbooked flights. But as Platinum this is even lucky with the number of diamonds flying.
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Old Aug 30, 12, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by pathfinder44 View Post
Hi
The DTW-LHR flight tonight is overbooked.
We are 2 gold medallions. How do we get bumped to first class.
Anything we can do to help the process?
Thanks
If you want FC, don't fly DL. Purchase a business class ticket on BA or another carrier that offers IFC.

Fly more and become a PM or DM for upgrades on DL.
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Old Aug 30, 12, 7:13 pm
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Pay the $$$$
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Old Aug 30, 12, 8:25 pm
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I fly very regular TATLs. I have 99 lifetime TATLs - 100th will be in October. I have had 6 total. 4 on CO as Gold and 2 on DL as PM. All you can do is hope. I never hope. I just sit in the boarding area and on the rare occasion it happens I am extremely grateful.

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Old Aug 31, 12, 1:53 am
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Originally Posted by pathfinder44 View Post
Hi
The DTW-LHR flight tonight is overbooked.
We are 2 gold medallions. How do we get bumped to first class.
Anything we can do to help the process?
Thanks
DTW > LHR on a weekday? You'll need to be DM to be on the top of that list.
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Old Aug 31, 12, 2:14 am
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It really varies. On three ex-LHR flights this year my FO sister has had an OpUp each time, including one of them with my non-status nephew.

You never know...hope it worked out favourably!

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Old Aug 31, 12, 1:07 pm
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Volunteer to take the bump. At least then the GA knows you are willing to help out. It cant hurt but probably wont help either.
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Old Aug 31, 12, 3:14 pm
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Received an Op up as a silver once FCO-DTW, not sure what happened as the day before there was plenty of availability in economy on the flight.
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Old Aug 31, 12, 5:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Medeski View Post
Volunteer to take the bump. At least then the GA knows you are willing to help out. It cant hurt but probably wont help either.
I agree.

This is a definite way to help your chances in my experience. Of course I can't predict what would have happened if I didn't volunteer (maybe I'd get the op-up anyway), but twice when I volunteered, I got a free upgrade when they didn't need my seat.

If the GA has your BP and/or name, and you were pleasant and helpful, it does give you an edge. Even if they go properly by status, it can be the tiebreaker. And of course we all know they don't always go properly by status.
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