Ethiopian - new online upgrade auction

Old Feb 15, 2023, 9:55 am
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Reporting:

I flew DME-ADD-JNB and JNB-ADD-DME

DME-ADD min. bid ~600USD
ADD-JNB guaranteed upgrade 500USD

JNB-ADD guaranteed upgrade 500USD
ADD-DME guaranteed upgrade 581USD

I flew business JNB-ADD-DME, I got upgraded for service recovery on JNB-ADD and bought the upgrade outright on ADD-DME because it made sense even though it's a bit pricy.

I think guaranteed upgrades are offered exactly a week before departure provided Business Class is very undersold. JNB-ADD business was mostly full, ADD-DME business almost empty, all middle 2 seaters empty and only windows occupied, mostly by one person.

Best of luck to everyone!

P.S.: Ethiopian really loves operational changes so be on the lookout for that. Also, some 787s suck compared to other configurations. 4A and 4L missing a window.

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Old Feb 15, 2023, 1:33 pm
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Recent data points.

ADD-BLZ (H) : $255 (7M8)
ADD-BLZ (V) : $250 (7M8)
ADD-BOM (H) : $455 (77L)
BLZ-ADD (H) : $255 (7M8)
BOM-ADD (H) : $480 (77L)
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 2:51 pm
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Still 3 days to departure, I got a "You have been outbid..." mail. Stil *7 seats in most biz buckets on Expertflyer. Is this just a standard mail just because some geezer apparently bid higher? 4 pax, so I would think they'd take that before that geezer, if it came down to last 4 seats.

C7 J7 D7 P0 R0 Y7 G7 S3 B0 M0 K0 L0 V0 H0 U0 Q0 T0 E0 O0 N0
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 3:54 pm
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kgl-add = 135$ (b738)
add-mpm = 405$ (b788)
dss-add = 560$ (a359)
add-vie = 440$ (b772)

Can confirm what alexei17 said about last minute aircraft swaps , 50% of my recent flights had such change
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Old Mar 31, 2023, 1:17 am
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Mail accept T-6 hours

OSL-ADD (B789, ET-AXK): USD 360, 4 pax
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Old May 26, 2023, 5:01 pm
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Is the cash upgrade bid option only available on cash Y tickets, or is it also possible for *A awards in Y?
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Old May 26, 2023, 5:05 pm
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Originally Posted by AirWhere
Is the cash upgrade bid option only available on cash Y tickets, or is it also possible for *A awards in Y?
No. Only on 071-stock revenue tickets.
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Old May 26, 2023, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by B747-437B
No. Only on 071-stock revenue tickets.
Thank you; I saw your original post from 2017, was hoping ET's terms had changed, but seems not.
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Old Jun 19, 2023, 12:20 pm
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Ethiopian Bid to Upgrade

I place a bid to upgrade from economy to business on my Ethiopian Airlines flight from Chicago to Addis Ababa. I just received an email asking if I want to upgrade. I clicked the link and see from the "real time bidder" I am currently the highest bidder. Now I'm wondering if I should go in and lower my bid. If there are multiple available seats will they choose runner up bidders too? This is my first time trying this airlines upgrade system.
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Old Jun 20, 2023, 12:45 am
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Lots of data points about winning bids on the thread below!

Ethiopian - new online upgrade auction
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Old Jun 22, 2023, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by acedj1
I place a bid to upgrade from economy to business on my Ethiopian Airlines flight from Chicago to Addis Ababa. I just received an email asking if I want to upgrade. I clicked the link and see from the "real time bidder" I am currently the highest bidder. Now I'm wondering if I should go in and lower my bid. If there are multiple available seats will they choose runner up bidders too? This is my first time trying this airlines upgrade system.
As B747-437B said, there is another thread on this topic. My personal experience (and theory) is that even the lowest bids will be accepted as long as there are free seats. Certain routes very often have full business class, others rarely do. I have multiple times been upgraded on minimum bid or bid $ 10-20 above minimum. I have never noticed any real-time bidding visible there, perhaps a new function? Either way, they cannot know far out how many seats are available, so likely just a "show" to get you to increase the price.
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Old Jun 27, 2023, 10:21 am
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Hey all, an extra data-point for the upgrade auction:

LHR-ADD (A359, Safran Optima seats) a few days ago for 730 USD, accepted T-6 hrs. I bid the minimum possible amount which I thought was still quite steep considering a few posts I'd seen here about LHRADD / other similar duration Europe-ADD legs with lower costs. FWIW, also marginally more expensive than the confirmed upgrade that a friend bought on the day at the transfer desk in ADD from ADD-LHR a couple months back.
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Old Jun 27, 2023, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by stuckinadd
LHR-ADD (A359, Safran Optima seats) a few days ago for 730 USD, accepted T-6 hrs.
Interesting - my father-in-law was offered $530 for the same sector, but his original booking was in "S" class
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Old Jun 28, 2023, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B
Interesting - my father-in-law was offered $530 for the same sector, but his original booking was in "S" class
Yeah, I guess that might be the difference. I was in H (discounted), whereas S seems to be full-fare.
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Old Aug 17, 2023, 6:43 am
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What to bid

Hi All, i booked an economy flt from Singapore to Capetown via Ethiopia mid December and have the option to bid for upgrade to business class. I'm new to this and trying to work out how much to bid, any help on the amount i should offer? Thanks
Edit - sin to add option is 495-870usd and add to cpt is 450-1405usd.

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