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Please post your 2018 Operational Upgrade Experiences in this thread.

Around the middle of 2016, Emirates modified their Operational Upgrade Policy favouring type of ticket over status holders, giving non status passengers on Flex and Flex Plus tickets an advantage over (for example) Silver members on a Saver ticket. During the latter half of 2016, less Op Ups were reported but we would still like to hear when they happen.

Link to the 2017 thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/emir...ost-here.html#

Please use the following format for ease of reading and of course, discussion is still welcome.

Example:

Upgrade given: Y - J

Upgrade location: Gate

Route: BKK-DXB

Flight number: EK385

Type of ticket: Saver

Date of travel: 040115

Tier status: Gold

Tier miles to date: 18,000

Skywards miles balance: 80,000

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1

Number of pax upgraded: 1

Safe & Happy Travels and May The Upgrade Gods Look Upon You.

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Old Feb 7, 18, 12:18 pm
  #16  
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: UK
Programs: BA Executive Club, Emirates Skywards
Posts: 74
Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: DXB-CMB
Flight number: EK654
Type of ticket: BUSINESS SAVER
Date of travel: 18th-Jan-2018
Tier status: Blue
Tier miles to date: 5000

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 2
Number of pax upgraded: 2

Last edited by Bobcat901; Feb 8, 18 at 8:32 am Reason: Correction to ticket type
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Old Feb 9, 18, 4:33 pm
  #17  
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: GLA
Programs: UA Gold, EK Silver, HH Gold, MR Gold
Posts: 41
Originally Posted by Bobcat901 View Post
Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: DXB-CMB
Flight number: EK654
Type of ticket: BUSINESS SAVER
Date of travel: 18th-Jan-2018
Tier status: Blue
Tier miles to date: 5000

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 2
Number of pax upgraded: 2
Nice one! Second flight? and bagged an op-up for 2. Good news!
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Old Feb 10, 18, 7:10 am
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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: UK
Programs: BA Executive Club, Emirates Skywards
Posts: 74
Yes, second flight. Very unexpected but welcome all the same.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 6:26 pm
  #19  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Milan
Programs: QR Plat, HH Diamond
Posts: 402
I have not had much good to say about EK in recent months, so it was a pleasant surprise after a "dry" 2 days of business meetings in Male to get upgraded

Upgrade given: Y to J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: Male to Dubai
Flight number: 11PM flight
Type of ticket: Y Flex
Date of travel: 16th-Jan 18
Tier status: Gold
Tier miles to date: 20k

Number of pax on the same PNR - 1
Number of pax upgraded: 1

Last edited by #1son; Feb 26, 18 at 9:27 am
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Old Feb 24, 18, 12:35 pm
  #20  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Down the back somewhere
Programs: EK Platinum
Posts: 3
Op-Up Criteria?

If this posting delights the many gold’s out there... you’re welcome! 😉

Recently on a CDG-DXB (A380) in Y (sadly my default location), as passengers boarded it appeared there was an over-allocation in Y by one (passenger list was apparently incorrect).

I was on the front exit row and listened to a full conversation between purser and the section supervisor - as there was two seats available in J, the purser said she will be upgrading one passenger to balance things in Y. The supervisor asked who and the purser gave the seat number of the lucky recipient (row behind me), stated his name, followed by “Gold”. I caught sight of the passengers gold status on his ticket as he gleefully gathered his luggage and relocated upstairs.

Let me be clear, I’m not disgruntled and certainly won’t lose any sleep over this as I believe if you pay for Y you get Y etc, but I am curious on the current criteria for op-ups as I am Platinum, was on a Flex-Plus ticket, travelling alone, sat in exit row. I’m taking a wild, wild guess that it may have been my exit row seat that prevented what would have been a most welcome promotion?

I’ve further noticed that in 9 months as Platinum I have not had a single op-up compared to a previous near 30-40% hit-rate as gold. I typically fly on EK 4-8 times a month and several of those have been full (in Y at least).

Any explainable insight on current policy? Was this just one of those days when the upgrade fairies were having a bad day or am I somehow “blacklisted”? 🤷🏻.♂️
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Old Feb 26, 18, 8:34 am
  #21  
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: LGW / AMS / CPT
Programs: SA KL BA EK
Posts: 3,198
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: DXB-BOM
Flight number: EK506
Type of ticket: Economy Flex
Date of travel: 24 Feb 18
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 48000

Once again, not me but the missus. Twice in 6 weeks. And she'll be gold when she gets back from BOM to CPT.
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Old Feb 26, 18, 8:46 am
  #22  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,799
Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: DXB-BOM
Flight number: EK506
Type of ticket: Economy Flex
Date of travel: 24 Feb 18
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 48000

Once again, not me but the missus. Twice in 6 weeks. And she'll be gold when she gets back from BOM to CPT.
I'm in 506 tomorrow, wish me luck!
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Old Feb 26, 18, 8:56 am
  #23  
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
I'm in 506 tomorrow, wish me luck!

I'll gladly hold thumbs for you, but if I were a betting man....



5060DXB
27/02/18 9:30BOM
27/02/18 14:0077W
Daily
29% / 40mF3 A3 J2 C2 I0 O0 P0 Y9 E9 R9 W9 M9B9 U9 K9 H0 Q9 L9 T9 V0 X0
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Old Feb 26, 18, 9:27 am
  #24  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,799
Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post
I'll gladly hold thumbs for you, but if I were a betting man....



5060DXB
27/02/18 9:30BOM
27/02/18 14:0077W
Daily
29% / 40mF3 A3 J2 C2 I0 O0 P0 Y9 E9 R9 W9 M9B9 U9 K9 H0 Q9 L9 T9 V0 X0
Loads mean nothing on those flights but yeah I've got my favourite window seta lined up so not too fussed...
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Old Feb 27, 18, 9:04 pm
  #25  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Sydney
Programs: Skywards Silver
Posts: 4
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Check-in
Route: BKK-SYD
Flight number: EK418
Type of ticket: Y Flex
Date of travel: 31 Jan 18
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 22k

Cabin was quite full, only 3 empty Y seats at T-3 OLCI. Arrived T-55min due to BKK traffic and was happy enough to get through with my checked bag but was pleasantly surprised I was op-up'd and promptly ran to the gate.
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Old Mar 4, 18, 7:35 am
  #26  
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: LGW / AMS / CPT
Programs: SA KL BA EK
Posts: 3,198
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: BOM-DXB
Flight number: EK509
Type of ticket: Y Flex+
Date of travel: 3 March 2018
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 48K (before the flight)

Once again the gods smiled on mrs t!
Third upgrade in the last 6 Y sectors (starting Jan 18).
Now she is Gold, so the upgrades will probably stop .But anyway, next trip booked is in J Saver so little or no potential (CPT/DXB/AMS - LGW/DXB/CPT)
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Old Mar 4, 18, 10:38 am
  #27  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,799
Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: BOM-DXB
Flight number: EK509
Type of ticket: Y Flex+
Date of travel: 3 March 2018
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 48K (before the flight)

Once again the gods smiled on mrs t!
Third upgrade in the last 6 Y sectors (starting Jan 18).
Now she is Gold, so the upgrades will probably stop .But anyway, next trip booked is in J Saver so little or no potential (CPT/DXB/AMS - LGW/DXB/CPT)
Should get more upgrades as Gold...
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Old Mar 4, 18, 10:42 am
  #28  
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
Should get more upgrades as Gold...
Theoretically yes, of course. But I have read so many stories from people where the upgrades stopped after reaching gold that I am wondering. No real cause and effect of course! Just my cynical mind.... Or my warped sense of humour. 😜🙄
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Old Mar 4, 18, 10:50 am
  #29  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,799
Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post


Theoretically yes, of course. But I have read so many stories from people where the upgrades stopped after reaching gold that I am wondering. No real cause and effect of course! Just my cynical mind.... Or my warped sense of humour. 😜🙄
I'm still doing ok on upgrades, I had a 12 month period of no upgrades but looks like SPMLs screwed them up for me, since I'm back to the "Emirates Meal" upgrades are back. About 50% success rate on DXB-India routes
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Old Mar 5, 18, 10:26 pm
  #30  
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Programs: Emirates Skywards Gold, Jet Airways JetPrivilege Platinum
Posts: 88
I was on EK570 today (6th March), Y was 295/304 and there were still quite a few op-ups? How did that happen? J went 41/42 until last minute a service inspector came onboard and F was 4/8
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