Possible to upgrade to eco flex from eco classic after booking?

Old Jul 17, 19, 8:41 am
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Possible to upgrade to eco flex from eco classic after booking?

I have booked a return flight FRA-BCN for my wife and myself on LH in eco classic. Booking class outbound is S, inbound is T.

Now I would like to retroactively buy/upgrade to an eco flex ticket. Is that possible? If yes, how? The website only offers an upgrade to Business.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:08 am
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Not possible - otherwise nobody would buy flex from the beginning

unless i misunderstand what you’re trying to achieve?
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Old Jul 17, 19, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by daumueller View Post
Not possible - otherwise nobody would buy flex from the beginning
Depends on the price difference. If buying the flex option at time of booking is 100€ vs 400€ for a later upgrade to flex... people will probably rather buy it at time of booking.

So it comes down to fees and upfare for changes against buying the flex option.

Nevertheless, I do not think it is possible to upgrade from a light or classic ticket to a flex ticket.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 7:20 pm
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If you could make every ticket refundable by upfaring it... well... you get my point
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Old Jul 18, 19, 2:05 am
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Well, I understand that this would be counterproductive to the airline if you could do that a day or even a week before departure. But my flight is going out in nearly two months. There's still some open seats in there (as well as Flex tickets), so I don't understand why you couldn't upfare it up to a certain deadline (say one month before departure). It could give the airline another potential revenue source.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 4:03 am
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Originally Posted by SunshineStay View Post
Well, I understand that this would be counterproductive to the airline if you could do that a day or even a week before departure. But my flight is going out in nearly two months. There's still some open seats in there (as well as Flex tickets), so I don't understand why you couldn't upfare it up to a certain deadline (say one month before departure). It could give the airline another potential revenue source.
You might be able to upgrade to a higher fare class by calling them, you would then be charged for the fare differential as well as a handling fee. You would then get miles accrual for the higher category, but terms & conditions for cancellation & refund will always remain the same as for the original ticket.

You will not be able to ”upgrade” to a ticket that you can then cancel and get a full refund for.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 5:17 am
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If you could make every ticket refundable by upfaring it... well... you get my point
Normally, when you upfare a ticket there's a restriction that the original (fare) portion remains nonrefundable. So it can be done.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by cas_de View Post
Normally, when you upfare a ticket there's a restriction that the original (fare) portion remains nonrefundable. So it can be done.
That's how SK has been doing it for quite a while. You can upfare into a more flex ticket (unless it is a super cheap absolutely no-changes allowed ticket), but it will never relax the terms for cancellation and refunding of the original ticket. You just pay for flexibility in schedule, i.e. re bookings.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 7:52 am
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Yes, but this approach has mainly been used when the booking class did determine the level of flexibility (T -> super restricted; Y -> flex). With the introduction of the LGT/CLS/FLX fares this approach became a lot less useful, because worst case you could want to upgrade from a T_CLS_ fare to a T_FLX fare. This way you would only safe the rebooking fee, but a fare difference does still apply. Unless you want to take care of the same day changes that you are allowed to make when travelling on a FLX fare.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by cas_de View Post
Yes, but this approach has mainly been used when the booking class did determine the level of flexibility (T -> super restricted; Y -> flex). With the introduction of the LGT/CLS/FLX fares this approach became a lot less useful, because worst case you could want to upgrade from a T_CLS_ fare to a T_FLX fare. This way you would only safe the rebooking fee, but a fare difference does still apply. Unless you want to take care of the same day changes that you are allowed to make when travelling on a FLX fare.
True, that's why I do not see why people argue "uh, doing so would ruing the whole ticket restriction system".
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