Old Mar 12, 2015, 4:34 pm
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Background
From time to time, AY will make the Y traveller an offer to upgrade. This thread lists when, how and and how much the upgrade is.

Selection process is unknown, but it is likely that neither fare class on original ticket nor tier status of traveller is a selection criteria, at least not to travellers advantage. From the reports made so far, both travellers with and without FF# in the reservation have gotten offers.

Offers are likely made only when Y is oversold or nearly full. Some travellers have reported declining offer and being upgraded for free later ("op-up").

Offers are fixed price offers, either in € or in AY+points. The latter kind is only valid for members of AY+, while €-offers are directed to all kind of travellers.

Offers are made either in mail or via text message and recipient has 72 hours to repspond. Some reports says this time is now shortened to 48 hours. Text message offers typically arrive close to departure and may not state a last time to reply.

Offers in text message can be replied to and upgrade is instantly processed. Offers in mail has occasionally not cleared (said to be "sold out" when accepting offer too late).

If offer is accepted and upgrade clears, new ticket is issued in F, so a confirmed upgrade with all perks of business class included. Mileage earning is according to original fare class however.


Development
In august 2015 AY announced a trial to let travellers bid for upgrades, initially on AY89 and AY90. It is likely that bidding will affect the number of fixed price offers.

The trial has been made permanent, and the bidding for upgrade has been extended to more longhaul routes.
The program has also led to a consolidation of upgrade options to one webpage
https://www.finnair.com/int/gb/upgrade-options
where you can upgrade by bidding, by using AY+ points or by accepting last minute cash offers. The latter ("Last minute" offers) are the same as have been discussed in this thread.. Finnair still pushes those offers via e-mail and text-message, but now also shows them on this webpage.




Offers made
Here is a condensed list of offers made, processed including post #213.
Figures are in € unless otherwise stated. Each destination's offers are recorded in a single line in time order.

Longhaul
SIN-HEL 248, 348, 348
HEL-SIN 499, 499, 348, 349€

JFK-HEL 48k points, 348€, 348€, 499

HKG-HEL 248
HEL-HKG 348

BKK-HEL 298, 348, 348
HEL-BKK 48k points, 348€, 348€ (290€ on phone? Not yet confirmed)
HEL-HKT 348

NRT-HEL 498
HEL-KIX 348, 375 (12/19, 01/20)
KIX-HEL 391 (12/19, 01/20)

ICN-HEL 248, 318

HEL-PVG 298
PVG-HEL 448, 498

CKG-HEL 228
XIY-HEL 248

HEL-DEL 198
HEL-DEL 300 (4/19)

YYZ-HEL 225€, 225


Shorthaul
DXB-HEL 99

HEL-VNO 7k points

HEL-BUD 69€
BUD-HEL 69, 8k points, 69

HEL-PRG 69€
PRG-HEL ≈70€

CPH-HEL 7k points, 7k, 69€, 7k, 69€
HEL-CPH 69€, 69, 69

HEL-ARN 7,5k points, 41€

HEL-GOT 7k points
GOT-HEL 7k points

HEL-VIE 69€

HEL-CDG 69€, 69€, 69
CDG-HEL 89€

HEL-MXP 69

HEL-TXL 9k points, 9k
HEL-DUS 69

HEL-HAM 69,69
HAM-HEL 69

HEL-FRA 69€
FRA-HEL 69€, 89, 89€

BRU-HEL 69

GVA-HEL 69
HEL-GVA 69, 89

HEL-LHR 9k points
HEL-LHR 109€

HEL-MAD 89€, 9k points

HEL-SVO 69€

HEL-WAW 79€
WAW-HEL 79€

DUS-HEL 69€

HEL-OSL 42€

HEL-MUC 90 (01/20)
MUC-HEL 115€ (01/20)
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Please post your upgrade offers

Old Jul 24, 2023, 5:10 am
  #1606  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: HEL
Programs: AY Platinum, TK Elite, AA, BA, SK, DL, NT, WB + hotels
Posts: 8,588
So Y->J and PE->J cost the same? Does not make any sense at all.
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Old Jul 24, 2023, 5:17 am
  #1607  
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: HEL
Programs: AY Plat (OWE), SK EBG (*A Gold), KQ Plat (STE+), Accor Plat, Hilton Honors Gold
Posts: 3,150
Originally Posted by ffay005
So Y->J and PE->J cost the same? Does not make any sense at all.
I am worried that if it was changed, the Y->J price would be increased instead or only one-class upgrades would be allowed.
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Old Jul 24, 2023, 11:25 am
  #1608  
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Join Date: Mar 2022
Programs: AY+ Plat
Posts: 435
“Business class seats for sale” advertised at the gate HEL-HND. 1100€ the price. 😵 Thankfully my upgrade had cleared 😁
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Old Aug 14, 2023, 9:12 pm
  #1609  
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: LON
Programs: OWE
Posts: 44
-City-pair and/or flight number: HEL-LHR, AY1337 this weekend, old A350
-Price offered: 79 eur two days ago, 59 eur today
-FF tier on reservation: OWE
-Original ticket type: Economy light
-How the offer was made: website upgrade section
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Old Aug 14, 2023, 9:28 pm
  #1610  
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: HEL
Programs: AY Plat (OWE), SK EBG (*A Gold), KQ Plat (STE+), Accor Plat, Hilton Honors Gold
Posts: 3,150
Originally Posted by Slunko
-City-pair and/or flight number: HEL-LHR, AY1337 this weekend, old A350
-Price offered: 79 eur two days ago, 59 eur today
-FF tier on reservation: OWE
-Original ticket type: Economy light
-How the offer was made: website upgrade section
Great price – would be a no-brainer for myself despite the old cabin.
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Old Aug 14, 2023, 9:42 pm
  #1611  
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: LON
Programs: OWE
Posts: 44
Originally Posted by lkrt
Great price – would be a no-brainer for myself despite the old cabin.
Agreed, I took it. Even if for a an hour of sleep or two, in case I overindulge in the Plat lounge
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Old Oct 1, 2023, 2:38 pm
  #1612  
a_k
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Programs: AY+ Plat
Posts: 435
  • City-pair and/or flight number: HEL-LHR afternoon flight (AY1335)
  • Price offered: €119 to J
  • Flight date: early November
  • FF tier on reservation: AY+ Plat
  • Original ticket type: Eco Flex
  • How the offer was made: Online MMB
Not taking it because narrowbody (A319 currently scheduled)...I guess it is highly unlikely this would be swapped to A350?

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Old Oct 1, 2023, 3:14 pm
  #1613  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: HEL
Programs: AY Platinum, TK Elite, AA, BA, SK, DL, NT, WB + hotels
Posts: 8,588
Yeah, AY1335 will not be a widebody.
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Old Oct 2, 2023, 3:18 pm
  #1614  
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Programs: HappinesSMiles Silver
Posts: 533
Sunday AY1337 on A350
No upgrade availability at the time of booking. About 1 week before flight availability appeared for the 2 persons on the reservation. 79€ per person. Plat and basic on cheapo superlight.
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Old Nov 6, 2023, 4:12 am
  #1615  
a_k
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Programs: AY+ Plat
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  • City-pair and/or flight number: LHR-HEL mid-day flight (AY1332)
  • Price offered: €238 to J
  • Flight date: middle November
  • FF tier on reservation: AY+ Plat
  • Original ticket type: Eco Flex
  • How the offer was made: Online MMB + App
Flight is scheduled to be on a wide-body, but won't be taking it at that price. Not sure if the 15k points for a ~2h15m actual flight time is worth it compared to Y Comfort seats.
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Old Nov 6, 2023, 1:35 pm
  #1616  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: HEL
Programs: AY, SK, TK
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Speaking of it, I havent got an offer for years.
Maybe they know that I woyldnt take them anyway😄
And ofc it is not many flights recent couple of years with AY for my part…so what do I say…😂🤷‍♂️
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Old Nov 6, 2023, 4:14 pm
  #1617  
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: HEL
Programs: Drawer of Cards
Posts: 423
Originally Posted by FFlash
Speaking of it, I havent got an offer for years.
Maybe they know that I woyldnt take them anyway😄
And ofc it is not many flights recent couple of years with AY for my part…so what do I say…😂🤷‍♂️
Now that you mentioned it, same here actually.

just did a upgrade in app AMS - HEL. Used a voucher which was going to expire less than a month.
And cash would be 149e
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Old Nov 7, 2023, 1:14 am
  #1618  
a_k
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Programs: AY+ Plat
Posts: 435
  • City-pair and/or flight number: HEL-AMS (AY1305)
  • Price offered: €109 to J
  • Flight date: middle December
  • FF tier on reservation: AY+ Plat
  • Original ticket type: Eco Superlight
  • How the offer was made: Online MMB + App
Currently narrowbody, swap to widebody seems rare on this flight.
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Old Nov 19, 2023, 10:51 am
  #1619  
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: HAM
Programs: BA Gold, A3*G, LH FTL, IHG Diamond
Posts: 283
  • City-pair and/or flight number: HAM - HEL evening flight; HEL - HAM lunch time flight
  • Price offered: €70 to J
  • Flight date: mid October; beginning of November
  • FF tier on reservation: BA Gold
  • Original ticket type: Eco Classic
  • How the offer was made: Online MMB
Took the outbound for the fun despite being an E190. I got lucky and seat next to stayed empty.
Declined for the return.
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Old Dec 4, 2023, 8:54 am
  #1620  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: EFHK - HEL
Programs: AY, LH, KL, SK, D8, Marriott, Melia.
Posts: 607
  • City-pair and/or flight number: HEL - MAN
  • Price offered: €97 to J
  • Flight date: morning flight in the end of January.
  • FF tier on reservation: AY Silver.
  • Original ticket type: Eco Superlight.
  • How the offer was made: In app.

Not sure yet. Add another 97€ and price is almost as if I had booked a business light ticket. Maybe my flesh is weak and I’ll take the offer…
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