2019 Upgrade Success (Or Lack Thereof)

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Old Mar 15, 19, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by wwalker1010 View Post
3/7 so far this year
PM w/ Reserve

1/19 LAX-ATL- C+
1/19 ATL-BTR- C+
1/22 BTR-ATL- F upgrade couple days prior to flight
1/22 ATL-LAX - back of plane
1/25 LGB-SLC - C+ time of booking
1/28 SLC-LGB - F upgrade at gate (last seat-companion not upgraded to F)
3/8 LAX-DFW - Bought F upgrade w/ 10,900 miles
3/11 DFW-LAX - F upgrade at gate

Any idea how tough of an upgrade chances the D One flights from LAX-DCA would be on Saturday and Tuesday? Was shocked I was bumped to D One as GM from SEA-JFK last year
The SEA- JFK is a tough flight to clear. I made it by the skin of my teeth as a DM using a RUC...
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Old Mar 16, 19, 9:06 am
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3/20 RDU-ATL C+ cleared at booking, FC cleared 5 days out exactly
3/20 ATL-MSY C+ cleared at booking, FC cleared 5 days out exactly (these cleared at different times -- basically at the time of departure, 5 days out)
3/26 MSY-ATL C+ cleared at booking, FC is sold out
3/26 ATL-RDU C+ cleared at booking, days to do for FC
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Old Mar 16, 19, 11:23 am
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JFK TPA upgraded three days out Thursday afternoon flight

TPA JFK upgraded at gate on a Saturday noon flight

LGA MSP upgraded three days out (shocked) on a Sunday night flight

PM based in NYC with reserve. Still averaging around 75% upgrade rate
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Old Mar 16, 19, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by uppereastsider View Post
JFK TPA upgraded three days out Thursday afternoon flight

TPA JFK upgraded at gate on a Saturday noon flight

LGA MSP upgraded three days out (shocked) on a Sunday night flight

PM based in NYC with reserve. Still averaging around 75% upgrade rate
That's a great upgrade rate!
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Old Mar 17, 19, 11:56 am
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My upgrade hot-streak as an FO has continued this year

Tuesday 3/12 - BWI - MSP -- Cleared into F at the gate
Thursday 3/14 - MSP - BWI -- Cleared into F at T-24

YTD - 5/11 (45%) for FC -- 7/11 (63%) for FC and C+ combined
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Old Mar 17, 19, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by spartan3186 View Post
My upgrade hot-streak as an FO has continued this year

Tuesday 3/12 - BWI - MSP -- Cleared into F at the gate
Thursday 3/14 - MSP - BWI -- Cleared into F at T-24

YTD - 5/11 (45%) for FC -- 7/11 (63%) for FC and C+ combined
That's a pretty good record!
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Old Mar 17, 19, 1:52 pm
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DL 2809 3/17, SEA-LAS, cleared myself +1 to F at 24hr check-in. 3 pax cleared at gate.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 3:22 pm
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3/16 DL 345 RDU-ATL A-321 PM on T Fare: Cleared at ~T36
3/17 DL 2195 ATL-RDU A-320 PM on a Q Fare: Cleared at ~T48

Nice going 2 for 2 on my nemesis routes, now 70.59% (12/17)
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Old Mar 18, 19, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by pulpfiction78 View Post
3/13 DL 2877 SEA-DTW on W fare, #5 out of 21 (if I recall correctly) on the F list. I was surprised, that route must be DM heavy. I applied an RUC and went right into #1 spot. 2 passengers total cleared into F.
I always see massive UG lists on this route. I'm flying the opposite direction this AM on a 739 and there are 52 people on the list for 2 seats. Not sure how many of those would be DMs. I would generally guess 10-15%, possibly more at peak times hub to hub?
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Old Mar 18, 19, 11:27 am
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All travel so far this year has been leisure on mostly off peak days/times and I've gotten 13 out of 14 upgrades (93%). I know I won't continue at that rate as the year goes on but I have noticed it's been just slightly better at the start of this year compared to last year. I think getting rid of the $25k spend on the AMEX cards helped trim the herd a little bit IMHO.

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Old Mar 18, 19, 3:11 pm
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I'm a lowly FO but I got an upgrade PHX-SEA on a Saturday 7:20am flight. We went out with one seat still empty so I guess I was the last elite on the route. I'll take it!
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Old Mar 22, 19, 11:36 am
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100% this year as PM w/ Reserve. 13 segments so far, of which 9 I got comp upgrades, the other ones were:
  1. Used FCM on Monday morning JFK-ATL for 27K miles, list was 48 deep so likely would not have cleared
  2. Used FCM on Monday morning LGA-GRR for $81, only 4 F seats left at 5 day window, so didn't want to risk it
  3. Bought cheap F fare SFO-MSP, list was 46 deep so also would not have cleared
  4. Confirmed a RUC at ticketing two weeks in advance on JFK-SFO on a Wednesday AM on 767, but list was short so likely would have cleared comp upgrade
Routes mostly NYC-BOS/ATL/SFO/DCA/GRR.

Anecdotally, seems the $250K waiver has made life really good as a Platinum. I could push for Diamond this year, but really doesn't seem like I need to. Comp upgrades are plentiful and there are multiple options to get F when they don't look good, between FCM in cash or miles, cheap F fares, and RUC.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 6:14 am
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Flew RDU-BOS this morning and during the boarding process I noticed the gentleman in front of me was a 360 and he continued to C+ as I took my upgraded (at the window) seat in row 3. I saw the GA give out a BF UG prior to boarding to a lady and she made a point of being happy to get it. Maybe I don't understand the rules of 360, but was surprised that a 360 wouldn't have gotten the UG. Maybe he bought that shiny tag on eBay. Just puzzled.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by SYRRDU View Post
Flew RDU-BOS this morning and during the boarding process I noticed the gentleman in front of me was a 360 and he continued to C+ as I took my upgraded (at the window) seat in row 3. I saw the GA give out a BF UG prior to boarding to a lady and she made a point of being happy to get it. Maybe I don't understand the rules of 360, but was surprised that a 360 wouldn't have gotten the UG. Maybe he bought that shiny tag on eBay. Just puzzled.
Probably just bought his ticket last minute (a few seats got released at the window and you got one of them, the remaining seats were sold over the next few days, and then he bought a ticket after F was already completely full). I'm guessing he was already boarded once the BF UG was issued (or perhaps the lady was also 360).

I just got an F upgrade BWI-SLC at the window. Normally this one goes to the gate for me.

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Old Mar 25, 19, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by Billy Mumphrey View Post
Probably just bought his ticket last minute (a few seats got released at the window and you got one of them, the remaining seats were sold over the next few days, and then he bought a ticket after F was already completely full). I'm guessing he was already boarded once the BF UG was issued (or perhaps the lady was also 360).

I just got an F upgrade BWI-SLC at the window. Normally this one goes to the gate for me.
I agree on the possibility that it was a last minute purchase but both of them and me were standing at the gate prior to boarding. I have flown with her before in the past few weeks and I know that she isn't a 360.
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