2019 Upgrade Success (Or Lack Thereof)

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Old Jan 1, 19, 9:18 am
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2019 Upgrade Success (Or Lack Thereof)

New year same thread. A place to share your upgrade success or lack thereof.







2014: FO: 5/9 56% link
2015: FO: 0/7 0%, GM: 6/14 43%, PM: 3/3 100% link
2016: PM: 10/23 41%, 1/3 33% RUC link
2017: PM: 4/20 20% Comp Upgrades, 8/9 89% RUC link
2018: PM: 16/29 55% Comp Upgrades 4/4 100% RUC link

2019: PM 9/12 75% 2/2 100% RUC
1/16 JFK-ZRH (NV) A332 Not Upgrade Eligible
1/21 ZRH-JFK (NV) A332 Not Upgrade Eligible
2/28 LGA-ORD (V) E175 Upgrade at T-4
3/3 ORD-LGA (NV) 712 Upgrade at Window
3/7 JFK-LAS (L) 752 RUC at Booking T-1
3/9 LAS-JFK (U) 739 Upgrade at T-3
3/20 JFK-LAS (U) 739 No Upgrade 11 of 33 for 0 Seats
3/25 LAS-JFK (T) 739 Upgrade at Window
4/12 LGA-CVG (L) CR9 Upgrade at Gate IRROPS
4/14 CVG-EWR (K) CR9 Upgrade at Gate IRROPS 2 of 10 for 2 Seats
4/26 LGA-ORD (T) 712 Upgrade at Window
5/1 PBI-LGA (L) A319 No Upgrade 7 of 24 for 0 Seats
5/4 JFK-LAS (L) 752 Upgrade at Window
5/5 LAS-LAX (M) 712 Battlefield Upgrade 3 of 8 for 3 Seats
5/7 LAX-JFK (U) 764 RUC Battlefield Upgrade 3 of 48 for 4 Seats
5/15 JFK-BRU (OZ) 763 Paid First
5/20 BRU-JFK (OZ) 763 Paid First
5/31 LGA-BOS (E) E175 Not Upgrade Eligible
6/2 BOS-LGA (NV) A220 No Upgrade 7 of 23 for 1 Seat

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Old Jan 1, 19, 1:10 pm
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Starting 2019 off the right way for first two flights of the year coming up this weekend:

RDU - EWR, CR9 (C+ at booking, F cleared at PM window + companion)
EWR - RDU, CR7 (C+ at booking, F cleared at PM window + companion)

YTD C+ upgrade: 100% (2/2)
YTD F upgrade: 100% (2/2)

The upgrade percentage can (and will) only go down from here
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Old Jan 1, 19, 2:28 pm
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RDU-EWR v/v has to be one of the easiest upgrades east of the rockies
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Old Jan 1, 19, 4:09 pm
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Fly DTW-PVG end of January. Have already receive confirmation of Upgrade (using the GUC), with the new D1 suite...
Waiting news for the return...
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Old Jan 1, 19, 6:57 pm
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I am a new Medallion thanks to a DL Diamonds gift I am GM.

My first DL flight of 2019 is tomorrow morning.

JFK-MEX cleared at the GM window.

Rest of the trip is 3 segments on AM.

Let's see how the rest of the year goes for me.
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Old Jan 1, 19, 11:42 pm
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PM flights
Jan.
11 ATL-LAX C+ at ticketing Cleared D1 at t-59 with RUC.
14 LAX-ATL C+ at ticketing

25 ATL-LAX C+ at ticketing Cleared D1 at 2:30 with RUC
28 KAX-AUS C+, AUS-ATL C+ (Both at gate after flight change)

GM flights
Feb.
26 ATL-LAX C+ at ticketing RUC failed.

Mar.
4 LAX-ATL C+ at ticketing
26 ATL-YYZ C+ at ticketing UG to FC with miles


April
1 YYZ-CVG C+ at ticketing (No FC) (gave up C+ for weight imbalance)
1 CVG-LAX C+ at ticketing
4 LAX-ATL FC UG w/RUC on plane (3rd on list for 1 seat, other pax had cats)
29 ATL-LAX (RUC)

MAY
3 LAX-ATL C+
8 ATL-CAK C+
10 CAK-ATL C+
13 ATL-LAX Cleared 2 and 3 on FC list with RUC, 4 seats available. List 50 long.

Reclaimed PM status
31 ATL-CLE C+
June
3 CLE-ATL FC Cleared at 5 days
13 CHA-ATL
13 ATL-PIT C+ at booking
15 PIT-ATL C+ at booking FC t-72
15 ATL-CHA C+ at booking
23 ATL-PDX UG to FC with miles C+ full at booking

July
1 PDX-JFK and JFK-ATL RUC cleared at booking for 2 PAX both flights
3 ATL-LAX C+ 1 and 2 on list for 0 seats.
11 LAX-ATL C+
24 CLE-ATL C+

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Old Jan 2, 19, 12:05 am
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SFO-JFK. Cleared into D1 for New Year's Eve red eye flight. Was 7 D1, then 3 people bought opups. 8 people total on upgrade list so I'm guessing not a lot of status flyers. Was #1 on the list as DM
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Old Jan 2, 19, 12:51 am
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Originally Posted by kxc262 View Post
SFO-JFK. Cleared into D1 for New Year's Eve red eye flight. Was 7 D1, then 3 people bought opups. 8 people total on upgrade list so I'm guessing not a lot of status flyers. Was #1 on the list as DM
Wow, didnít realize thatís itís already the end of 2019!
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Old Jan 2, 19, 11:26 pm
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Last year, 7%.

2019 3/12 - 25%

3/8 - PDX - SLC WFBF
3/8 - SLC - BZN WFBF
3/11 - BZN - SLC - Denied
3/11 - SLC - PDX - WFBF
3/22 - PDX - ATL - Denied. 9/16 for zero seats
3/23 - ATL - CTG - Upgrade scored. #4 with 5 seats available.
3/31 - BOG - ATL - Denied
3/31 - ATL - PDX - Denied
5/10 - PDX - SEA - WFBF
5/10 - SEA - SFO - WFBF
5/22 - PDX - SEA Denied
5/22 - SEA - YVR - Upgrade granted and companion as well
5/22 - YVR - CDG AF
5/23 - CDG - NCE AF
5/27 - NCE - CDG AF
5/30 - CDG - SEA
5/30 - SEA - PDX - Denied
7/10 - PDX - ATL - Denied
7/11 - ATL - STL - Denied
7/14 - STL - MSP - Denied
7/14 - MSP - PDX - Scored two upgrades
7/24 - PDX - SLC - WFBF
7/24 - SLC - YYZ - WFBF
7/24 - YYZ - YXU - West Jet
7/31 - YXU - YYZ - West Jet
7/31 - YYZ - SLC - WFBF
7/31 - SLC - PDX - WFBF
8/24 - PDX - MSP - WFBF
8/25 - MSP - PDX - WFBF
10/9 - PDX - LAX
10/9 - LAX - CDG
10/9 - CDG - BCN
10/16 - BCN - AMS
10/16 - AMS - PDX
11/5 - PDX - ATL
11/6 - ATL - FLL
11/9 - FLL - SLC
11/9 - SLC - PDX

2020
1/31 - PDX - ATL
2/1 - ATL - GND
2/8 - GND - ATL
2/9 - ATL - PDX

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Old Jan 3, 19, 6:33 am
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DM, did not track success previously, so no stats to compare.
I mostly fly out of a regional airport on CRJs but once in awhile will get a CR9 or B717, so I won't report on the CRJ, but will on CR9 and 717. Also won't report on voluntary no-upgrades or booked F.

SBN - ATL C+ at booking, F at DM window
ATL - LAX C+ at booking, RUC pending successfully cleared
LAX - DTW C+ at booking, F at DM window
DTW - LGA C+ at booking, F at DM window

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Old Jan 3, 19, 7:08 am
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First year as PM!

2018: 25% as GM (forgot to track F0)

As PM:
DEN-MSP (Thursday AM): C+ at booking, #7&8 for F at OLCI, #1&2 at boarding. Gave upgrade to companion, ended up with row to myself.
MSP-SFO (Monday PM): C+ at booking, FCM'd to F for ~16,000 miles.
SFO-MSP (Thursday PM): C+ at booking, #15 or so for F (seems like a tough route...it was also the last week of 2018 status being valid).

Current 2019 totals (flights I didn't pre-upgrade + companion tickets):
1 of 3, 50% for F
3 of 3, 100% for C+

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Old Jan 3, 19, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by RacingJunkie View Post
Last year, 7%.

3/22 - PDX - ATL
3/23 - ATL - CTG
3/31 BOG - ATL
3/31 - ATL - PDX
5/22 - PDX - YVR
5/22 - YVR - CDG AF
5/23 - CDG - NCE AF
5/27 - NCE - CDG AF
5/30 - CDG - SEA
5/30 - SEA - PDX
Am I correct in thinking these are 2018 flights?
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Old Jan 3, 19, 7:53 am
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PM trying to use a RUC. I called the PM help desk and tried to see if my upcoming flights were able to be confirmed....see below waitlist for everything.

1/15 ATL - LAX = Waitlist
1/17 LAX - ATL = Waitlist
2/25 ATL - PDX = Waitlist
2/27 PDX - ATL = Waitlist
3/12 DTW- PHX = Waitlist
3/14 PHX- DTW = Waitlist

Scratching my head...what is the purpose of the RUC? Why does Delta give me this carrot? I have not picked RUC as my 2019 bonus so not that big of a deal. I will just go with the 20K miles.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 7:56 am
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On the waitlist, it's basically a "jump to the head of the line" card (which you knew). I've had decent luck getting the upgrade jump at the gate with them, but in advance is really hard to do. Especially in/out of ATL.
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Old Jan 3, 19, 8:15 am
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I find it curious how many people are counting C+ as an 'upgrade'
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