Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > Emirates | Skywards
Reload this Page >

Your Operational Upgrades Experience 2018 - Please Post Here

Your Operational Upgrades Experience 2018 - Please Post Here

    Hide Wikipost
Old Dec 28, 17, 4:47 am   -   Wikipost
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Last edit by: Zol
Wiki Link
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.

Saltire74
Print Wikipost

Old Sep 26, 18, 11:31 pm
  #91  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 8,111
Originally Posted by bbhues View Post
Apologies for a novice question, but does pre-selecting a seat in economy affect the likelihood of receiving an op up?
No, from as recently as two months ago. Selected at OLCI, changed to exit row at airport and upgraded in lounge. Next leg also selected at OLCI and could see upgraded seat while waiting for first flight (before first one had even been upgraded) and received new boarding pass in transit in DXB.
ft101 is offline  
Old Sep 27, 18, 8:20 am
  #92  
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 6
Originally Posted by sydtogla View Post
Whats the fare difference between your Flex+ and J saver? It shouldn't be too outrageous on that route.

Thanks and good idea - it looks like it's about $1800 difference (per leg) between Flex+ and J saver (a little more than I would prefer to pay for an upgrade).
bbhues is offline  
Old Sep 27, 18, 3:13 pm
  #93  
Ambassador: Emirates
IHG Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Sydney
Programs: EK Gold, IHG Plat, QF SG, HH Gold, KLM FB
Posts: 928
Originally Posted by bbhues View Post
Thanks and good idea - it looks like it's about $1800 difference (per leg) between Flex+ and J saver (a little more than I would prefer to pay for an upgrade).
Did you price that from the EK website or did you call? If the former, I'd suggest the latter! You've already paid taxes on the flight, as well as airport charges, fuel surcharge etc. The actual fare difference might be much lower.
sydtogla is offline  
Old Sep 27, 18, 4:21 pm
  #94  
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 6
Originally Posted by sydtogla View Post
Did you price that from the EK website or did you call? If the former, I'd suggest the latter! You've already paid taxes on the flight, as well as airport charges, fuel surcharge etc. The actual fare difference might be much lower.

Thank you for the recommendation! It did not work this time, but I will have to remember that going forward.
bbhues is offline  
Old Oct 3, 18, 5:24 pm
  #95  
Zol
Moderator: Emirates Skywards and Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: 12R/30L
Programs: EK Gold|EY Gold|Bonvoy Ambassador| IHG Plat|HHonors Diamond
Posts: 2,754
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Check-in
Route: DXB-CMB
Flight number: EK348
Type of ticket: Economy Flex
Date of travel: Jul 18
Tier status: Blue
Tier miles to date: 13000
Zol is offline  
Old Oct 5, 18, 6:28 pm
  #96  
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 7
Upgrade given: Y - J

Upgrade location: in transit from KUL at SIN, 2 hours before boarding

Route: SIN-MEL

Flight number: EK404

Type of ticket: FLEX

Date of travel: 051018

Tier status: Gold

Tier miles to date: 25000

Skywards miles balance: 20000

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

Number of pax upgraded: 1
Stekrr is offline  
Old Oct 22, 18, 9:08 pm
  #97  
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 1
Delight!

Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: DXB-ICN
Flight number: EK322
Type of ticket: Business Flexplus
Date of travel: Oct 18
Tier status: Gold
Tier miles to date: 52000
sn83 is offline  
Old Oct 29, 18, 2:44 am
  #98  
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: France
Programs: SkyTeam Plat, Bonvoy Plat
Posts: 49
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Gate
Route: CDG - DXB
Flight number: EK074
Type of ticket: Eco Flex Plus
Date of travel: Oct 21
Tier status: Gold
Tier miles to date: 15000
Greglem is offline  
Old Oct 29, 18, 9:31 pm
  #99  
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Programs: EK - Skywards Gold
Posts: 2
May god bless us on our next flight

Hello everyone,

I am still a novice and learning the ropes so please bear with me.

Upgrade given: Y J

Fare Type: Flex

Upgrade location: Gate

Route: DXB-JED

Tier Status: Blue

Notes:
This was my first time ever flying emirates, my route was Toronto to Jeddah and despite striking out at the Toronto airport, I hit the jackpot during boarding at DXB when the magic beep went off when they scanned my boarding pass and I was upgraded. They did offer me $1000 to upgrade the YYZ-DXB leg at the check-in gate but being a student, I don't have that kind of walking money. They also sent me an email for $300 to upgrade the DXB-JED leg but thankfully I got an op-up for that anyway.

First Class treatment at YYZ
I was travelling alone and since my dad is a platinum member, I downloaded his skywards card on my apple wallet and asked at YYZ if I could use it to skip the queues and use the first class lines for boarding, check-in, priority baggage tags, and use the premium plaza lounge at YYZ. To my delight the manager said I can do that since I am family. It was a great first-time experience and after a lot of research on this site I am now on the quest to get an op-up on my next flight from North America.

Current Events

I read that having gold status highly increases your chances to get an op-up, so I asked my dad to nominate me as his gold partner. I am planning my next trip right before Christmas when all the schools start their holidays.

Fellow members, I need your advice on whether to book my flight from JFK or YYZ. Which of these airports will maximise my chances of hearing that magic beep on the counter? I am going to be booking flex ticket and I can assume that the YYZ flights will be heavily booked being the only destination in Canada and operating only 5 Times a week as opposed to JFKs 21 weekly flights. I have also read that JFK is status heavy airport but Im not sure how that plays out during Christmas when demand is high. Also, if anyone knows, what is Toronto like in terms of status passengers. I did read a couple posts of silver members getting op-upd and I would love to hear your thoughts and make an informed decision to bet against the odds (as ironical as it may sound). Thanks a lot!
sharik is offline  
Old Oct 30, 18, 12:15 am
  #100  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,800
Originally Posted by sharik View Post
Hello everyone,

I am still a novice and learning the ropes so please bear with me.

Upgrade given: Y J

Fare Type: Flex

Upgrade location: Gate

Route: DXB-JED

Tier Status: Blue

Notes:
This was my first time ever flying emirates, my route was Toronto to Jeddah and despite striking out at the Toronto airport, I hit the jackpot during boarding at DXB when the magic beep went off when they scanned my boarding pass and I was upgraded. They did offer me $1000 to upgrade the YYZ-DXB leg at the check-in gate but being a student, I don't have that kind of walking money. They also sent me an email for $300 to upgrade the DXB-JED leg but thankfully I got an op-up for that anyway.

First Class treatment at YYZ
I was travelling alone and since my dad is a platinum member, I downloaded his skywards card on my apple wallet and asked at YYZ if I could use it to skip the queues and use the first class lines for boarding, check-in, priority baggage tags, and use the premium plaza lounge at YYZ. To my delight the manager said I can do that since I am family. It was a great first-time experience and after a lot of research on this site I am now on the quest to get an op-up on my next flight from North America.

Current Events

I read that having gold status highly increases your chances to get an op-up, so I asked my dad to nominate me as his gold partner. I am planning my next trip right before Christmas when all the schools start their holidays.

Fellow members, I need your advice on whether to book my flight from JFK or YYZ. Which of these airports will maximise my chances of hearing that magic beep on the counter? I am going to be booking flex ticket and I can assume that the YYZ flights will be heavily booked being the only destination in Canada and operating only 5 Times a week as opposed to JFKs 21 weekly flights. I have also read that JFK is status heavy airport but Im not sure how that plays out during Christmas when demand is high. Also, if anyone knows, what is Toronto like in terms of status passengers. I did read a couple posts of silver members getting op-upd and I would love to hear your thoughts and make an informed decision to bet against the odds (as ironical as it may sound). Thanks a lot!
1. Interesting, you shouldn't have e been allowed to use the benefits as a family member
2. Op-ups are rare, and it is a very opaque process. I have had my share over the years but on some routes (my most common one included, DXB-CPT and reverse) I've never had one (I'm Gold and always buy Flex). I'd say YYZ is better but don't count on ever getting an op-up.
skywardhunter is offline  
Old Oct 30, 18, 1:23 am
  #101  
Ambassador, Emirates
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: LGW / AMS / CPT
Programs: SA KL BA EK
Posts: 3,198
Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
1. Interesting, you shouldn't have e been allowed to use the benefits as a family member
2. Op-ups are rare, and it is a very opaque process. I have had my share over the years but on some routes (my most common one included, DXB-CPT and reverse) I've never had one (I'm Gold and always buy Flex). I'd say YYZ is better but don't count on ever getting an op-up.
Sharik, welcome to FlyerTalk and especially the EK board!

I would like to agree with and even emphasise what skywardhunter says:

Of course your chances are better as Gold with a Flex ticket. But don't let your luck (because that's what it was!) on your DXB/JED flight fool you!
I have only had ONE op-up ever with Emirates and that was J to F as a Blue member (admittedly it was a Flex+ ticket as it was a very last minute change).
The Y cabin HAS to be overbooked for any op-ups to be given. And then that can be NO Plats there and also NO Gold members with Flex+ tickets. Only then is it your turn. My wife has had THREE op-ups in one year as Silver. We are now both Gold and nothing, nada. We certainly don't expect anything (not saying that on flights which 'look busy' we don't watch the light on the BP scanner with some anticipation but that's the nature of the frequent flyer)
thijsseh is offline  
Old Oct 30, 18, 7:57 am
  #102  
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Middle East
Posts: 13
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: Check-in
Route: CAI-DXB
Flight number: EK926
Type of ticket: Economy Flex plus
Date of travel: Oct 18
Tier status: Silver
Tier miles to date: 26000

Was a last minute change and got a flex plus ticket. Asked at the check-in counter if there was an opportunity for an op-up, he called his manager and then confirmed. I knew it was a full flight as I was on waiting and got a last minute ticket.
n4ram is offline  
Old Nov 9, 18, 3:43 am
  #103  
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: France
Programs: SkyTeam Plat, Bonvoy Plat
Posts: 49
This is not an op-up upgrade, but rare enough to post it I guess.
I booked earlier this week a return ticket CDG-DXB, Eco Flex, departure in less than 3 weeks
I went on Emirates website to see my booking, and I was offered to upgrade to J with miles for the CDG-DXB leg. 39 000 miles + 40 €

Usually, this kind of offers is very rare, and happens a couple of days before the journey, not like 3 weeks before.

I took this offer
Greglem is offline  
Old Nov 9, 18, 3:46 am
  #104  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Economy, mostly :(
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 7,800
Originally Posted by Greglem View Post
This is not an op-up upgrade, but rare enough to post it I guess.
I booked earlier this week a return ticket CDG-DXB, Eco Flex, departure in less than 3 weeks
I went on Emirates website to see my booking, and I was offered to upgrade to J with miles for the CDG-DXB leg. 39 000 miles + 40

Usually, this kind of offers is very rare, and happens a couple of days before the journey, not like 3 weeks before.

I took this offer
Not that unusual, many of us here regularly upgrade with miles, I just upgraded a flight for January with miles. It may be more rare on this route, but will be available every so often subject to loads.
skywardhunter is offline  
Old Nov 9, 18, 12:28 pm
  #105  
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Programs: Emirates Skywards Gold, Jet Airways JetPrivilege Platinum
Posts: 88
Upgrade given: Y-J
Upgrade location: Check-in
Route: DXB-CCU
Flight number: EK570
Type of ticket: Economy Flexplus
Date of travel: 9 Nov 18
Tier status: Gold
viraj737 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: