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 Jun 11, 2015, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by remymartin
...Having said that, congrats Norskejenta! ...
+1, dokker er skikkelig heldig!
Would be interesting to know some details of that call.
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Old Jun 11, 2015, 7:19 am
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Y+ payment compensated directly?
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Old Jun 11, 2015, 9:35 am
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Originally Posted by esledo
Y+ payment compensated directly?
Now that seems the most logical outcome
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Old Jun 13, 2015, 5:37 am
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CPH-HEL 7k points, Text message 25 hours before takeoff. Deadline to reply 8 hours before take off. Q class, AY plat.
This is the standard text that has been around for ages. As mentioned above, this offer has a minuscule discount (-500p) but not the summer discount (-2500p) that is offered on the web and in the app.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 1:35 am
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SIA - HEL

SIA - HEL, Email, 30 days to departure, Original booking class Z (eco), AY Plat. 248. 48 hours time to decide. Will not take it.
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Originally Posted by AppleMr
SIA - HEL, Email, 30 days to departure, Original booking class Z (eco), AY Plat. 248. 48 hours time to decide. Will not take it.
You mean SIN-HEL?
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 3:42 am
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I think SIA is another name for XIY; it comes in fare rules sometimes. Also 248€ is too cheap for SIN upgrade.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 5:07 am
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I did not receive any offer for tomorrows BUD-HEL because Airbus 319 is oneclass only.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 5:30 am
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Originally Posted by Courmisch
I think SIA is another name for XIY; it comes in fare rules sometimes. Also 248 is too cheap for SIN upgrade.
SIA is the old airport, supposedly closed in 1990's...
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 7:15 am
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So pre-Pinyin spelling got discarded in the new airport?

Normally, I reckon that Chinese airports kept their old names: CAN, NKG and PEK. And X is reserved for code-share destinations by rail (as is Z), but XIY must be the exception.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by Courmisch
And X is reserved for code-share destinations by rail (as is Z), but XIY must be the exception.
?
Probably not by IATA:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...y_IATA_code:_X
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 7:54 am
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There are quite a few of them actually, and most starting with X or Z: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ilway_stations
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Originally Posted by Andaman
You mean SIN-HEL?
Hi.

I mean SIA as in Xi'An. (Flight AY060) This was the airport abbreviation I took from the email they suggested the upgrade in =) Don't know if it is then right or wrong.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by Courmisch
There are quite a few of them actually, and most starting with X or Z: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ilway_stations
I have both flown to Strasbourg (SXB) and taken Lufthansa bus from FRA to Strasbourg (XER).
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 9:05 am
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But the bus is so lame :P I fly to CDG then roll om TGV to XDB and back at least twice a year. (I have also flown to/from LIL airport though not recently).
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