Upgrading on LH507 opup vs. against miles?

Old Nov 13, 09, 10:08 am
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Upgrading on LH507 opup vs. against miles?

I am unsure whether I should try to request an upgrade on the below flight.
I guess I will not get it upfront anyway due to the booking situation.
I am booked in Y-fare.

Do you think there is any chance to secure an opup or upgrade against miles ?
[KVS Availability Tool 5.1.2/Diamond - Apollo: Availability/ITN/US-MYP]
Code:
GRU  Sao Paulo Guarulhos Int'l SP BR [SBGR]
FRA  Frankfurt Metro / Frankfurt Int'l DE = FRA HHN [EDDF]
DO   19 Nov 2009

Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive    A/C  St  Availability
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  -----------------------------------------------------------
LH         507     GRU   20:05     FRA   10:35 +1  744  0   F4 A4 J0 C0 D0 Z0 Y0 B0 M0 H0 Q0 V0 W0 U0 S0
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Old Nov 14, 09, 6:07 am
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From my experience it seems quite likely that in this situation you could get an upgrade for miles from C into F. Upgrading from Y into C with miles seems unlikely at this time. But I have experienced all sorts of surprises, so getting waitlisted never hurts, And ask again at check-in and at boarding.

Just checking availability for upgrades ... and right now, KVS shows one seat available in F and no sets in C as expected.

Good luck!

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Old Nov 14, 09, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by agadasch View Post
Do you think there is any chance to secure an opup or upgrade against miles ?
[KVS Availability Tool 5.1.2/Diamond - Apollo: Availability/ITN/US-MYP]
Code:
GRU  Sao Paulo Guarulhos Int'l SP BR [SBGR]
FRA  Frankfurt Metro / Frankfurt Int'l DE = FRA HHN [EDDF]
DO   19 Nov 2009

Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive    A/C  St  Availability
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  -----------------------------------------------------------
LH         507     GRU   20:05     FRA   10:35 +1  744  0   F4 A4 J0 C0 D0 Z0 Y0 B0 M0 H0 Q0 V0 W0 U0 S0
Your chances look excellent for an op-up to C -- good luck!
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Old Nov 15, 09, 5:33 pm
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Thanks for giving me hope. Just survived the outbound after not getting the UG.
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Old Nov 15, 09, 5:56 pm
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Ah, a bit of upgrade Poker.

If you want to be almost certain of the upgrade, get yourself waitlisted now for a miles upgrade. LH is never opposed to making a little extra off a given flight, so they will give your request preference to op-upping someone else for free.

Of course, that option will cost you, whereas you *might* be getting an op-up for free anyway already.

If it were me, I'd keep my miles and take my chances, but if you want to lock in the upgrade there is a way.
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Old Nov 23, 09, 7:50 am
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Just an update on what happened...

I finally decided to request the update (1 week before flight) and the request was canceled on the same day.
I then asked for the upgrade at GRU checkin and was told chances are minimal because a lot of show-ups.
Asked again at gate. Nothing. Boarding late. Nothing.
In the end I did not get the upgrade.

Back in Germany checked the M6M account and it stated LHI40U (-40K miles), dated 19.11. Plus a booking LHI40U (+40K) on 20.11.

Was I still boarding too early? Were they too lazy to find me on the plane?
Has this happened to others?
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Old Nov 26, 09, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by agadasch View Post
Just an update on what happened...
Back in Germany checked the M6M account and it stated LHI40U (-40K miles), dated 19.11. Plus a booking LHI40U (+40K) on 20.11.

Was I still boarding too early? Were they too lazy to find me on the plane?
Has this happened to others?
This is normal procedure and it does not mean that your upgrade cleared.
The miles are deducted the moment you request the upgrade (I guess to prevent you from requesting multiple upgrades against the same 40 or 50k on your account). Then, if the upgrade does not clear, they credit the miles back.
Had that a couple of times (on a rare occassion when it didn't clear for me).

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