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Your Operational Upgrade Experiences 2020 & 2021- Please Post Here

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Please post your 2020 & 2021 Operational Upgrade Experiences in this thread for EK & FZ.

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.

As of Sep. 2019 Upgrading Ranking: (See this thread https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/emir...cedure-11.html and this post https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31526987-post217.html
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Any Plat ranked by fare type (Flex Plus etc) (Some exceptions reported in this post https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31526987-post217.html)
Flex Plus ranked by status
Flex ranked by status
Saver ranked by status

So status does still provide priority within the fare type, and IO/Plats are usually ahead of everyone although some anomalies have been reported.

Link to the 2019 thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/emir...st-here-9.html

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

Example:

Upgrade given: J - F

Upgrade location: Check in desk 5min before flight closure

Route: DXB - LHR

Flight number: EK1

Type of ticket: Saver

Date of travel: 12 December 2019

Tier status: Plat

Tier miles to date: 388k

Skywards miles balance: 402k

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


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

Saltire74
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Old Dec 29, 19, 9:11 am
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Programs: BAEC Silver, EK Blue
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Your Operational Upgrade Experiences 2020 & 2021- Please Post Here

Hi All

Another new thread for 2020. Please post your 2020 Operational Upgrade experiences here.

To see how lucky some of our members were last year, you can have a look at the 2019 thread Your Operational Upgrade Experiences 2019 - Please Post Here

Refer to the wiki above for format details.

Safe & Happy Travels and may the Upgrade Gods look upon you favourably.

Saltire74

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Old Jan 5, 20, 6:02 am
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Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: EK1 ML5A ;-)
Programs: EK iO
Posts: 699
Upgrade given: Y - J

Upgrade location: Mobile BP 10min before flight closure

Route: DXB - LHR

Flight number: EK31

Type of ticket: Flex

Date of travel: 05 January 2019

Tier status: Plat

Tier miles to date: 412k

Skywards miles balance: 388k

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Jan 5, 20, 12:12 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2016
Programs: Skywards Gold
Posts: 27
Late posting this one but suppose I think I should have been the first of 2020 - good start to the year!

Upgrade given: Y - J

Upgrade location: Mobile 3hrs before departure

Route: MAN - DXB

Flight number: EK20

Type of ticket: Flex

Date of travel: 02 January 2020

Tier status: Gold

Tier miles to date: 89k

Skywards miles balance: 118k

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Jan 14, 20, 7:40 am
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: LGW / AMS / CPT
Programs: SA KL BA EK
Posts: 3,202
Upgrade given: J - F

Upgrade location: Gate

Route: DXB - LGW

Flight number: EK11

Type of ticket: Saver

Date of travel: 14 January 2019

Tier status: Gold

Tier miles to date: 41k

Skywards miles balance: 91k

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


Strange one. Flight seemed quite full in Y (showing Y0 a few days before and also heavily populated seat map at T-24). But plenty of availability in J and F. I was not expecting anything on a J Saver ticket (and even said to mrs t that there was close to zero chance). We had a shortish connection (1:40) and with a bus stand arrival we got through transfer security at T-1 hour. Flights showed to be boarding already and as it was a B gate (and therefore no lounge boarding), we decided to go straight to the gate (and forego our customary ice cream and Mot). At the gate Mrs t presented her BP first, whereupon the gate lady smiled and said 'Mrs t you are lucky, you have been upgraded'. Mrs t (bless her soul) said that she would give the F seat to me ('as he appreciates it more than I do'), but the lady said 'that won't be necessary, he has been upgraded too'. Gate was a war zone as all Y hand luggage was closely inspected by police. Upper deck passengers were told to sit down and wait and then escorted to the lifts to the UD boarding level.



Still surprised with that upgrade from a Saver ticket. Were there so few Plats and Flex (+) tickets in J?
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Old Jan 22, 20, 8:56 am
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Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: EK1 ML5A ;-)
Programs: EK iO
Posts: 699
Upgrade given: J - F

Upgrade location: Gate

Route: DXB - SIN

Flight number: EK432

Type of ticket: Saver

Date of travel: 22 January 2019

Tier status: Platinum

Tier miles to date: 495k

Skywards miles balance: 544k

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Jan 24, 20, 4:01 am
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Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: EK1 ML5A ;-)
Programs: EK iO
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Another CNY-affected upgrade.

Upgrade given: J - F

Upgrade location: check in desk t-65

Route: SIN DXB

Flight number: EK355

Type of ticket: flex plus

Date of travel: 23 January 2019

Tier status: Platinum

Tier miles to date: 502k

Skywards miles balance: 550k

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

tier miles will reset this month to zero
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Old Jan 24, 20, 4:36 am
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Join Date: Mar 2006
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Originally Posted by iFlyMoreThanYou View Post

tier miles will reset this month to zero
Surely not? They are a 13 month moving average. Maybe you mean that this month they check if you have 150K tier miles to re-qualify for Plat. Which by all accounts should not be a problem.....
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Old Jan 24, 20, 4:38 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2020
Programs: Skywards
Posts: 5
Thumbs up Y - J, BLR-DXB Op-up while a/c was taxiing!

Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: After the aircraft began taxi-ing! Yes!! The story in brief below.
Route: BLR - DXB
Flight number: EK569
Type of ticket: FLEX
Date of travel: 18 Jan 2020
Tier status: Gold
Tier miles to date: 70K
Skywards miles balance: 40K
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1

18 Jan 2020
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Happily checked into the economy on an overbooked flight on a Flex ticket. This was a last-minute rebook via the EK Skywards line--was going back home one day earlier than planned. The PAX next to me was downgraded from J to Y due to an oversold class. I buckle up and as the gate closed, a lady shows up and politely says, "Sir, I think you are in the wrong seat," while flashing her boarding card. I show mine and we both have 21H

Not knowing what to do -- we call for help who calls a supervisor, who then takes our passports and boarding cards.

The Boeing 777 starts taxi-ing. I was pretty confident that someone was going to be seated on the jump seat in the cockpit
I and my other two co-passenger start complaining about how is this possible with two PAX with the same seat allocation. We are lining up for the runway and comes back the supervisor -- "Sir, we have moved you to the front, please follow me!"

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Old Jan 24, 20, 5:22 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: EK1 ML5A ;-)
Programs: EK iO
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Originally Posted by thijsseh View Post
Surely not? They are a 13 month moving average. Maybe you mean that this month they check if you have 150K tier miles to re-qualify for Plat. Which by all accounts should not be a problem.....
Ah I thought it was a set month that is different for everyone after which it goes to zero. Thank you for clarifying.
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Old Jan 25, 20, 4:46 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 7
Upgrade given: Y - J

Upgrade location: between check in and the lounge boarding pass changed on app

Route: SIN - MEL

Flight number: EK404

Type of ticket: Flex

Date of travel: 25 January 2020

Tier status: Gold

Tier miles to date: 20k

Skywards miles balance: 105k

Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Jan 27, 20, 10:19 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Nairobi
Programs: EK Platinum, QR Gold, LH Gold, Hilton Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Priority Pass, Global Entry
Posts: 183
January op ups

Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: Shortly after stowing carry-on luggage while seated
Route: NBO-DXB
Flight number: EK 722
Type of ticket: SAVER
Date of travel: 19 Jan 2020
Tier status: Platinum
Tier miles to date: 130k
Skywards miles balance: 165k
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Jan 27, 20, 10:21 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Nairobi
Programs: EK Platinum, QR Gold, LH Gold, Hilton Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Priority Pass, Global Entry
Posts: 183
Jan op ups second

Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: At gate
Route: DXB-BOM
Flight number: EK 502
Type of ticket: SAVER
Date of travel: 20 Jan 2020
Tier status: Platinum
Tier miles to date: 130k
Skywards miles balance: 165k
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Feb 2, 20, 1:14 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: HYD
Programs: Emirates Gold
Posts: 39
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: At gate
Route: HYD - DXB, DXB - ORD
Flight number: EK 525, EK235
Type of ticket: FLEX PLUS
Date of travel: 6 Jan 2020
Tier status: Silver (as of date of travel)
Tier miles to date: 59K
Skywards miles balance: 103k
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Feb 2, 20, 2:50 am
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Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: EK1 ML5A ;-)
Programs: EK iO
Posts: 699
Upgrade given: J - F
Upgrade location: Lounge
Route: DXB-LHR
Flight number: EK 29
Type of ticket: Flex Plus
Date of travel: 2 Feb 2020
Tier status: Platinum
Tier miles to date: 500k+
Skywards miles balance: 400k+
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1
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Old Feb 2, 20, 5:00 am
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Brussels & Dubai
Programs: EK Gold, M&M SEN, DL Gold, QR Silver
Posts: 300
Upgrade given: Y - J
Upgrade location: At Boarding
Route: EBB-DXB
Flight number: EK 730
Type of ticket: Saver
Date of travel: Feb 2020
Tier status: Gold
Tier miles to date: 5k+
Skywards miles balance: 60k+
Number of pax on the same PNR (Including OP): 1

J seemed empty upon check-in but I didn't receive an Upgrade Offer - probably because of the low Saver ticket.
I was very happy with the upgrade, but it seemed strange with my Gold Saver ticket... There must have been Plat's and Flex ticketed passenger. Maybe EBB isn't following the upgrade rules that don't favour frequent fliers...
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