2017 Upgrade Success (Or Lack Thereof)

Old Jan 1, 17, 11:27 am
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2017 Upgrade Success (Or Lack Thereof)

Happy 2017 everyone! Time to start a new thread for UG success for the new year.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 11:51 am
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Flying to MCO 4 times in a month. ATL-MCO. Most are 1/2 full but as a PM out of ATL I doubt I get any upgrades. Maybe some of the Sunday and Monday night returns. Less busy I suspect.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 12:59 pm
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Window upgrade for MSP-RDU this coming Friday evening (DM, T Fare). MSP-SEA hasn't cleared.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl View Post
Flying to MCO 4 times in a month. ATL-MCO. Most are 1/2 full but as a PM out of ATL I doubt I get any upgrades. Maybe some of the Sunday and Monday night returns. Less busy I suspect.
Doesn't help that DL hands out $30 upgrades to once a year flyers on that route.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 3:10 pm
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Still waiting for my waitlisted (no pun intended)RUC to clear PDX/MSP/PDX Jan 3-5.
Applied it at booking on Nov. 29.

It'd be nice to start off the year with an UG.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 7:09 pm
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My wife was just on a SFO-DTW flight. She (GM) was upgraded to FC five days out (never seen that before). Although economy was full, there were empty seats in flight in FC meaning that even all Silvers and non-revs were upgraded. It was Jan 1, so I guess that is when you can have the fewest elites ever on a Delta flight!
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Old Jan 1, 17, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by WWads View Post
Doesn't help that DL hands out $30 upgrades to once a year flyers on that route.
I booked Main Cabin. Took instant Economy Comfort upgrade.

The lowest it has been actually for the first two is 250 each way(Was as high as 500 each way). If it was 30, not going to lie, I would have taken it! Wed-Sun coming up and then Wed-Mon in two weeks.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl View Post
I booked Main Cabin. Took instant Economy Comfort upgrade.

The lowest it has been actually for the first two is 250 each way(Was as high as 500 each way). If it was 30, not going to lie, I would have taken it! Wed-Sun coming up and then Wed-Mon in two weeks.
I'm convinced that the low ball upgrade offers only go to kettles.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by WWads View Post
I'm convinced that the low ball upgrade offers only go to kettles.
I'd tend to agree. The first year switch back to Delta from AirTran I got a few 'seriously it's that cheap' FCM. Most of the current ones are 2-3x what it would cost to cancel and rebook within 24 hours. The 1K round trip ATL-MCO "Upgrade" is 3x the ticket cost when you include the main cabin.

Only good one I got last year was a trip to San Antonio for my wife's sisters wedding. 64rt upgrade. Was great with my 2yr old daughter in the bulkhead.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 9:02 pm
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl View Post
I'd tend to agree. The first year switch back to Delta from AirTran I got a few 'seriously it's that cheap' FCM. Most of the current ones are 2-3x what it would cost to cancel and rebook within 24 hours. The 1K round trip ATL-MCO "Upgrade" is 3x the ticket cost when you include the main cabin.

Only good one I got last year was a trip to San Antonio for my wife's sisters wedding. 64rt upgrade. Was great with my 2yr old daughter in the bulkhead.
I wonder if offers are tied to name or SM number. Perhaps a lack of number on a reservation would yield better FCM offers.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 11:59 pm
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No luck so far in 2017. Maybe I should try flying.

In all seriousness I have an RUC waitlisted for my first flight of the year (Jan 13) and no luck yet. Cabin is 50% full. Guess I will wait for it at the gate...
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Old Jan 2, 17, 10:13 am
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2017: PM: 4/20 20% Comp Upgrades, 8/9 89% RUC
1/27 LGA-PBI (X) MD88 No Upgrade 22 of 42 for 2 Seats
1/30 PBI-LGA (X) MD88 No Upgrade 7 of 22 for 1 Seat
2/16 JFK-SLC (N) 752 No Upgrade 19 of 42 for 0 Seats
2/16 SLC-ASE (N) CR7 No Upgrade 4 of 9 for 1 Seat
2/21 ASE-SLC (N) CR7 No Upgrade 2 of 6 for 0 Seats
2/21 SLC-JFK (N) 738 No Upgrade 20 of 42 for 0 Seats
2/27 JFK-PBI (K) 712 Upgrade at Booking (Within Window)
3/6 PBI-LGA (U) MD90 No Upgrade 5 of 21 for 1 Seat
3/15 JFK-LAS (N) 738 No Upgrade 6 of 24 for 0 Seats
3/20 LAS-JFK (L) 738 No Upgrade 8 of 24 for 2 Seats
4/7 LGA-ORD (K) E175 Gate Upgrade 1 of 6 for 2 Seats
4/10 PBI-LGA (G) A320 Paid First (Would have cleared 5 people on list for 3 Seats)
4/13 JFK-SFO (U) 75S RUC Confirmed at Booking (2)
4/16 SFO-JFK (K) 763 RUC Confirmed at Booking (2)
5/26 LGA-ORD (T) E175 Gate Upgrade 1 of 6 for 7 Seats
5/29 ORD-LGA (K) E175 Gate Upgrade 2 of 16 for 3 Seats IRROPS
8/18 JFK-LAX (K) 763 RUC Confirmed at Booking
8/21 LAX-JFK (U) 764 RUC Confirmed at Booking
10/5 JFK-LAX (X) 763 RUC Miss 5 of 7 for 2 Seats
10/8 LAX-JFK (V) 75S RUC Confirmed at Booking
10/9 JFK-LAS (L) 75D No Upgrade 6 of 20 for 1 Seat
10/12 LAS-JFK (L) 739 No Upgrade 13 of 48 for 0 Seats
11/17 JFK-AUS (X) A319 No Upgrade 6 of 22 for 0 Seats
11/27 PBI-LGA (T) A320 No Upgrade 10 of 32 for 0 Seats
12/7 JFK-SLC (T) 739 No Upgrade 18 of 57 for 0 Seats
12/10 SLC-JFK (T) 739 No Upgrade 22 of 58 for 0 Seats
12/15 LAX-JFK (Q) 763 RUC Battlefield Upgrade 5 of 6 for 5 Seats
12/22 LGA-PBI (H) A320 No Upgrade 8 of 22 for 2 Seats

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Old Jan 2, 17, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by Saj8986 View Post
Still waiting for my waitlisted (no pun intended)RUC to clear PDX/MSP/PDX Jan 3-6.
Applied it at booking on Nov. 29.

It'd be nice to start off the year with an UG.
MSP/PDX January 6th cleared and 2 remaining FC seats left on tomorrow's flight.
Gate UG maybe....

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Old Jan 2, 17, 10:40 am
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MSP-ORD was upgraded at the window on a cheap fare. About four upgrades were done then and within the next day or so, four additional FC seats are occupied, leaving 4 of 16 available on my flight.

I didn't bite on the FCM offer of $72 each way, equal to the fare difference. It appeared around the time I booked, disappeared for the rest of my 24 hour cancel period, and then reappeared briefly at the same price.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 1:46 pm
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RUC for SDQ-JFK next weekend cleared.

While it might seem to be a waste of a RUC, DL seems to be doing very well in the SDQ routes. While in the past my companion and I cleared at the Gold or Silver window, since the 2nd half of 2016 all my upgrades as a Gold or Platinum were processed at the gate, sometimes I got the only seat available.
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