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Spent_All_My_Miles Nov 26, 18 3:59 pm

RUCs can only clear until T-3h, right?

TheHorta Nov 26, 18 4:01 pm


Originally Posted by Spent_All_My_Miles (Post 30469142)
RUCs can only clear until T-3h, right?

That's their official number. Some here have had success at T-1 if you get the right agent.

ethernal Nov 26, 18 4:01 pm


Originally Posted by Spent_All_My_Miles (Post 30469142)
RUCs can only clear until T-3h, right?

They put you at the top of the upgrade list to clear at the gate. Mind you, "top" can be subjective.. I've been 7 or 8 down on the list as a Diamond on a RUC :D

pbarnette Nov 26, 18 4:46 pm


Originally Posted by kenn0223 (Post 30469074)
With an iPhone I just use the wallet. It makes it a lot easier since it shows up on the lock screen and can be displayed with one tap. Apple's wallet app also automatically increases the brightness to 100% and prevents the screen from turning off or rotating even if the phone is moved around which seems to make the scanning the barcode easier. I've NEVER had a problem with BPs failing to display once added to the wallet app and don't understand why anyone uses the Delta app for boarding passes (at least on iOS devices). AA's app doesn't even give an option to display the BP in the app but, rather, forces the BP into the wallet.

+1. Never had any problems with the wallet BPs for any carrier

pulpfiction78 Nov 26, 18 4:49 pm


Originally Posted by Spent_All_My_Miles (Post 30469142)
RUCs can only clear until T-3h, right?

Is it not that you can apply an RUC or GUC on a flight up until T-3, but they can clear at any point in time, before gate is closed, after having been applied?

defrosted Nov 26, 18 5:12 pm


Originally Posted by 3Cforme (Post 30467414)
Check-in time isn't relevant to upgrade priority. It's published. Perhaps you're thinking of another carrier.

https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...-upgrades.html

It isn't relevant to upgrade priority as in where you end up on the list, but check in must be what causes your name to populate on the list? I am #1 often when I check in, but hours later I end up somewhere in the middle. I assumed others with higher priority finally checking in is what was causing that, wondering the same thing as OP why do all these people wait so long to check in? But to your point, since the answer doesn't change the fact I end up in the middle of the list I didn't bother to ask. I agree it can cause false hope, so I always assume no upgrade unless it clears at the window.

ethernal Nov 26, 18 5:33 pm


Originally Posted by defrosted (Post 30469405)
It isn't relevant to upgrade priority as in where you end up on the list, but check in must be what causes your name to populate on the list? I am #1 often when I check in, but hours later I end up somewhere in the middle. I assumed others with higher priority finally checking in is what was causing that, wondering the same thing as OP why do all these people wait so long to check in? But to your point, since the answer doesn't change the fact I end up in the middle of the list I didn't bother to ask. I agree it can cause false hope, so I always assume no upgrade unless it clears at the window.

Yes, other than to check where you are on the upgrade list it doesn't do much. And, while I don't do it, I know some people who avoid checking in until the last minute as a defensive posture. Some people decide whether or not to apply a RUC based on where they are on the upgrade list, and so by waiting until T-1 or T-2 before the flight, you avoid people applying RUCs and jumping ahead of you on the list. Too much micromanaging for me to worry about, but there ya go. This is more common on long haul transcons, probably not so much on 2 hour hops.

pogopossum Nov 26, 18 6:25 pm

As a Goldmember, if I have not been upgraded to Comfort+, before I check in at T-24 I look at the seat map and see if something has opened up better than what I have. If I find something I switch seats and check in. If not, I most likely will check in anyway, depending on the flight. Coming out of a hub, I usually find myself 25 out of 47 (or so) on any upgrade list so I no longer worry about it. ;)

I do remember that at some point check in time made a difference. Maybe in NWA days?

Cheers,
Pogopossum

puck021 Nov 26, 18 7:41 pm


Originally Posted by pbarnette (Post 30469313)


+1. Never had any problems with the wallet BPs for any carrier

+1 more. I will also add Wallet works great for Amtrak and sorting event tickets. Never once had an issue.

cayohueso Nov 27, 18 7:35 am

Aside from upgrades and seats, I was under the impression that one of the boxes that gets ticked in choosing who may get IDB is check-in time.

flyerCO Nov 27, 18 8:10 am


Originally Posted by cayohueso (Post 30471279)
Aside from upgrades and seats, I was under the impression that one of the boxes that gets ticked in choosing who may get IDB is check-in time.

Yes. However last time I looked elites were exempt by policy from IDB. Kills the need for large number of passengers to worry about checkin time.

flyerCO Nov 27, 18 8:13 am


Originally Posted by TheHorta (Post 30469152)
That's their official number. Some here have had success at T-1 if you get the right agent.

They can only be applied till T-3. Most agents don't care though and ignore this rule. However you can clear anytime up to and including while sitting in Y onboard,the plane while at gate.

daloosh Nov 27, 18 8:22 am

Thanks you guys for the pointer for using the wallet, that's a great ideer!

JoelThomas Nov 27, 18 11:22 am


Originally Posted by ethernal (Post 30469485)
Yes, other than to check where you are on the upgrade list it doesn't do much...

This is why I check-in as close to T-24 as practical. It's the only time this FO gets to see his name near the top of the upgrade list :D

MSPeconomist Nov 27, 18 11:37 am


Originally Posted by pulpfiction78 (Post 30469329)
Is it not that you can apply an RUC or GUC on a flight up until T-3, but they can clear at any point in time, before gate is closed, after having been applied?

This is my understanding. In fact, they're supposed to clear at the gate if there are any open premium cabin seats, regardless of inventory bucket availability. It could be the case that before T-3, instrument supported upgrade inventory is required for the upgrade to be confirmed.


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