Old Feb 15, 2017, 8:57 am
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This Wiki contains a summary of the latest Special Upgrade Offers received by forum members. As well as posting the details in the thread, please add to it!

Simply add the following information

Flight number - Departure and Destination - Original and Upgraded Class - Price of upgrade - Booking Class - When you received the offer - When your flight was scheduled to depart.

EXAMPLE:

QR149 DOH-MAD Y-J INR35717 (500) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 01/13/17 flight

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The flight number and route you received the offer for:
The full routing for the leg of the flight:
The cabin the offer is for upgrading to:
The cash cost, including currency:
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Last updated: 19/04/2017 up to and including post 69.

Addis Ababa
QR1427 DOH-ADD Y-J $320, offer received while in the air from ORD-DOH

Athens
QR212 ATH-DOH Y-J SGD458 (303) Booking Class T - Offer received 14 days before 02/23/17 flight

Atlanta
QR756 ATL-DOH Y-J USD 750 (706) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight

Bahrain
QR1104 DOH-BAH Y-F QAR765 offer received 15 days before flight on March 30th

Bangkok
BKK-DOH Y-J 10500B (275) Link
QR836 DOH-BKK; Y to J; 353 GBP; Booking class Q; 14 days before flight on July 3, 2017
QR831 BKK-DOH; J to F; 47,991 THB; Booking class C; 2-3 days before flight on Sept 5, 2022

Beijing
QR895 PEK-DOH Y-J CNY3380; Booking Class O; 7 days before flight on Jan 13, 2018

Berlin
QR80 BER-DOH Y-J 505; Booking Class T; 7 days before flight Jan 2024

Brussels
QR196 BRU-DOH Y-J 588; Booking Class N; At online check-in, travelled on Dec 27, 2018

Calcutta
QR541 CCU-DOH Y-J USD210 Booking Class N - Offer received 15 days before 04/16/17 flight

Cardiff
QR321 DOH-CWL Y-J - 6829HKD (667) Booking Class N - Offer received when online check-in opened for 04/08/2018 flight.

Chicago
DOHORD Y-J $645 Link
ORD-DOH, Y-J, $1320, offer received 2 days before 4/6/2018 flight
QR725 DOH-ORD Y-J $1285 Booking Class N - Offer was available in MMB 2 days ago August 2020 flight

Colombo
QR664 DOH-CMB Y-J LKR 30686 ($196) Booking Class O - Offer received 16 days before 03/14/17 flight

Delhi
QR578 DOH-DEL Y-J USD190 Booking Class N - Offer received 6 days before 04/05/17 flight

Dubai
DXB-DOH Y-F 397 Link
QR 1019 DXB-DOH Y-F QAR 729 Booking class O - Offer received 15 days before flight, May 5th 2017

DOH-DXB Y-F $487 Link
QR 1022 DOH - DXB, Y-F, QAR 729 (~189), Booking class O, offer received 15 days before May 2nd 2017 flight.

Dublin
QR20 DUB-DOH Y-C (from V fare): 629 Euro - offered at check-in mobile app (28th November 2017)

Edinburgh
DOH-EDI Y-J 350 Link

EDI-DOH Y-J 430 Link

Frankfurt
QR068 FRA-DOH Y-J 480 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 11/25/16 flight

DOH-FRA Y-J $130 Booking Class B Link

Goa
GOI-DOH Y-J $100 Booking Class B Link

Guangzhou
QR874 DOH-CAN Y-J 632; Booking Class N; At online check-in, travelled on Dec 28, 2018

Helsinki
QR308 HEL-DOH Y-J 463 Booking class O - Mobile app at check-in. Feb/2018

Ho Chi Minh City
QR970 DOH-SGN Y-J 380 Booking Class O - Offer received 16 days before 11/26/16 flight

Hong Kong
QR815 HKG-DOH Y-J 380 Booking Class S offered 7 days before flight 07.04.
QR817 HKG-DOH Y-J HKD 4059 Booking Class W - Offer received 14 days before 07/17/17 flight
QR815 HKG-DOH Y-J HKD 5179 Booking Class N - Offer received 5 days before flight 14th July 2018
QR815 HKG-DOG Y-J HKD 5651 (552) Booking Class - Offer received when online check-in opened for 04/08/2018 flight.
QR817 HKG-DOH J-F 11,508 HKD Booking Class R offered 9 days before flight 08/05/2023

Istanbul - IST

QR240 IST-DOH Y-J ₺4319 ($629) Booking Class N - Offer received 7 days before July 2020 flight
QR239 DOH-IST Y-J $630 Booking Class S - Offer was available in MMB 3-4 days ago July 2020 flight

Istanbul - SAW


QR244 SAW-DOH Y-J $530 Booking Class N - Offer was available in MMB 2 days ago August 2020 flight
QR237 DOH-SAW Y-J $530 Booking Class N - Offer was available in MMB 3 days ago November 2020 flight
QR237 DOH-SAW Y-J $520 Booking Class V - Offer was available in MMB 15 days ago January 2021 flight


Kuala Lumpur
QR844 DOH-KUL Y-J USD 440 (414) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight
QR 0852 DOH - KUL 351 O to J - 15 days before

London Heathrow
QR 0002 LHR - DOH 606 O to J - 15 days before
DOHLHR Y-J 1171AZN (545) Link

DOHLHR Y-J 554Link

DOHLHR Y-J 620 Link

QR016 LHR-DOH Y-J GBP618 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 22/03/2017 flight

QR001 DOH-LHR Y-J GBP 724 Booking class Q - Offer received 15 days before flight

London Gatwick
QR330 LGW-DOH Y-J GBP1381 Booking Class O - Offer received 2 days before 01/13/17 flight

Los Angeles

QR740 LAX-DOH Y-J $1420 Booking Class S - Offer was available in MMB 3-4 days ago July 2020 flight

Luxor
LXR-DOH Y-J 1780LE (80) Link

Madrid
QR149 DOH-MAD Y-J INR35717 (500) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 01/13/17 flight

Manila
QR929 MNL-DOH Y-J USD633 Booking Class W - Offer received 15 days before 08 September 2020 flight

Melbourne
QR905 MEL-DOH Y-J AUD 1171 Booking class Q - Offer received 15 days before flight
QR905 MEL-DOH Y-J AUD 1180 Booking class O - Offer received 15 days before flight (April 2017)
QR905 MEL-DOH Y-J EUR 844 Booking class O - Offer received 7 days before flight (April 2017)

Miami
QR778 MIA-DOH Y-J USD940 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/08/17 flight

Q778 MIA-DOH Y-J LKR 144225 ($922) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/13/17 flight

Mumbai
QR556 DOH-BOM Y-J INR13390 (188) Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/01/17 flight

QR557 BOM-DOH Y-J INR16464 (230) Booking Class O - Offer recieved 15 days before 01/13/17 flight

Munich
QR057 DOH-MUC Y-J 436 Booking Class S offered 7 days before flight 07.04.

QR059 DOH-MUC Y-J HKD 4059 Booking Class W - Offer received 15 days before 07/18/17 flight

Nairobi
NBO-DOH Y-J $265 Link

Oslo
DOH-OSL Y-J 339 Link

Paris
DOH-CDG J-F 1402 Link
CDG-DOH J-F 470 Link

Philadelphia
QR728 PHL-DOH Y-J USD970 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 04/10/17 flight

Phuket
QR842 DOH-HKT Y-J THB9593 (255) Booking Class V - Offer received 7 days before 01/31/17 flight

Rome-Fiumicino
N to J 1639 QAR 2 weeks before flight
QR113 DOH-FCO Y-J CNY3380; Booking Class O - Offer received 7 days before 13 January 2018 flight

Shanghai
QR870 DOH-PVG Y-C ( from V fare) 419 Euro - offered at check-in mobile app (28th November 2017)

Singapore
QR943 SIN-DOH Y-J SGD762 (504) Booking Class T - Offer received 15 days before 02/19/17 flight (received again 10 days before flight)
QR946 DOH-SIN Y-J SGD754 (499) Booking Class T - Offer received 15 days before 02/24/17 flight
QR947- SIN to DOH- Y-R- SGD$697- Booking class O- Offer received 2 weeks before flight on 14 April 2017

Sofia
QR227 DOH-SOF Y-J HKD3296 (USD425) Booking Class N - Offer received 5 days before flight 14th July 2018

Tokyo
NRT-DOH Y-J $567 Link

Washington DC
QR707 DOH-IAD Y-J USD820 Booking Class N - Offer received 15 days before 04/16/17 flight
QR 0713 DOH-IAH $750- Offer received 15 days before
QR 0714 IAH-DOH $1190 - Offer received 15 days before.
IAD-DOH Y-J $1300 Link
QR707 DOH-IAD Y-J ₺5141 ($749) Booking Class N - Offer received 7 days before July 2020 flight
QR708 IAD-DOH Y-J $1405 Booking Class N - Offer was available in MMB 3 days ago November 2020 flight
QR708 IAD-DOH Y-J $1205 Booking Class V - Offer was available in MMB 15 days ago January 2021 flight


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Old Jan 6, 2022, 4:20 pm
  #841  
 
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Doh-mel aud $1710
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Old Jan 11, 2022, 1:43 pm
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So I am asking the commentariat at large the following. Do you feel $100 per hour in a lie flat Q Suite J seat for a flight > 10 hours is worth it. That seems to be a general gauge as to if you are getting a reasonable offer. I am already in J DFW-DOH-BKK but using a flight voucher from 2020 when you could make this trip roundtrip all day long for under 4k. With almost universal adoption of Q Suites on these routes those sub 4k J fares are a distant memory and 5k seems the new norm. My partner wanted to get on this same flight so she went Economy and hoping to get at least the DFW-DOH leg in J for ~1600. I would feel like a complete heel if she is sitting behind me on the same flight but 100 dollars per flight hour I think is my limit. Now just waiting for the email as we are T-23 days
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Old Jan 11, 2022, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by nutsbr
Flights in the first week of January:

GRU-DOH (13h flight duration): 3,826 BRL (~680 USD), valid for 7 days, sent 14 days before the flight, from N to Qsuite.
GRU-DOH (13h flight duration): 3,778 BRL (~670 USD), valid for 6 days, sent 7 days before the flight, from N to Qsuite.

DOH-BER (6.5h flight duration): 2,264 BRL (~405 USD), 14 days before the flight, from N to Business (no Qsuite).

The GRU-DOH price is quite decent, but I'll only buy it once I get my negative covid test. The Terms and Conditions still state the upgrades are non-changeable and non-redundable.
Following up here: at the time of check-in using the app, the prices went up (and I ended up not buying any upgrade).

GRU-DOH: 7512 BRL (~1350 USD)
DOH-BER (for a day flight): 2903 BRL (~520 USD)

(I don't have 90 posts here yet so I can't update the wiki with the info above, in case anyone feels compelled to do so )
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Old Jan 11, 2022, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by LATraveler1963
So I am asking the commentariat at large the following. Do you feel $100 per hour in a lie flat Q Suite J seat for a flight > 10 hours is worth it.
This is a subjective question; the question is whether $100/hour is worth it TO YOU. There are other circumstances to consider; a few years ago I've had a TATL flight and I had to be in the airport early the next day to fly away again, and I ended up paying for an UG that I otherwise wouldn't have because getting some rest was important to me. If this is flying home on a Saturday and Sunday is available for rest, arriving somewhat rested becomes less important. For a flight over 10 hours, at $100/hour you're taking over $1000. One way to look at it is that $1000 can buy you a weekend in a nice hotel, meals, massages and all... or you can burn that for 10 hours in a metal tube. There are lots of different ways to look at this.
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Old Jan 12, 2022, 1:49 am
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Originally Posted by LATraveler1963
So I am asking the commentariat at large the following. Do you feel $100 per hour in a lie flat Q Suite J seat for a flight > 10 hours is worth it.
I think the last comment by Florin is very well articulated. It is always a personal decision, and that has to be worth to you.

In my case, I'm a heavy sleeper, and I can sleep anywhere. Give me an eye mask, a noise cancelling headset and a "do not disturb" sign on my seat (I usually ask the flight attendant not to wake me up for food), and I can sleep for the whole flight. When changing timezones, I plan my sleep in order to reduce jet lag, and I'm seldom suffering from it on my arrival. This is to say that I can sleep almost as well in Y than in J, and the flat bad and the lounge are really the only things I care about in J, but I already get the lounge access because of my status on the airlines I fly often. I also fly quite a bit on J for business, and in those cases sleeping is also super important to me. I seldom eat J meals because I want to prioritize my sleep to arrive fresh at the other side, which means often the right time to sleep is at the beginning of the flight (while dinner would be served). About meals, in most cases it is something better than Y but still tasteless that I can get for $30 at the airport before the flight, or for free at the lounge, or I go for a $80 meal and expense to my company anyways.... and in any case board the plan ready to sleep. Flying back home over the weekend vs. flying out, as well as red-eye vs. day flight, both have a role in my decision if the upgrade is worth or not. So, in my case, anything more than a few hundred dollars for the whole flight is not worth.

And as you can see, all the above is super personal.
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Old Jan 15, 2022, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by acucobol
CPT - DOH 248
q suite

Upgraded
Can I ask what was the original booking class fare. Flying 14th Feb on same route booked in (T) and hoping for similar pricing...
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Old Jan 15, 2022, 9:58 pm
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IAD-DOH, 1/15/22, Y(S), $1160
Saw right after booking (this was a last minute ticket as award flight fell through). Accepted at olci.

Once accepted, offer in the app continued to show and went up to $1600

Def. worth it as my spouse is flying (and I really would be a big douche to stick her in a full Y on a covid-infested 12 hr ride, while I myself is in J on another carrier)
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Old Jan 16, 2022, 6:25 am
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If I book a QR flight via a TA (CapitalOne portal/Hopper), does that prevent me from getting cash upgrade offers?

As for the above poster asking "it is worth it?", a better question for the community is probably "is it a good deal?". To me, the later question asks where the offer price falls within the range of past offers for that route. A question that can be answered based on statistics vs personal choice.
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Old Jan 16, 2022, 12:02 pm
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Flying from SFO to HKT. I should I book Y and then upgrade to J at the airport or just book J now and not worry about it.
Is the upgrade cost at airport less than paying for the upgraded class of ticket directly.
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Old Jan 16, 2022, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by hithesh123
Flying from SFO to HKT. I should I book Y and then upgrade to J at the airport or just book J now and not worry about it.
Is the upgrade cost at airport less than paying for the upgraded class of ticket directly.
Upgraded tickets do not have the same benefits as those bought originally as business class tickets. Also be aware that the lowest cost business tickets do not have full business benefits - carefully note the features of what is included and excluded.
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Old Jan 18, 2022, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by eng3
If I book a QR flight via a TA (CapitalOne portal/Hopper), does that prevent me from getting cash upgrade offers?
I booked through a (marginally scammy, certainly unprofessional) OTA, offer still received and accepted.
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Old Jan 19, 2022, 6:35 pm
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QR817 HKG-DOH Y-J HKD$7369 (834) for 2 pax in total Booking Class Q - Offer received 15 days before 02/02/2022 flight (A359 QSuite or maybe B77L w/o QSuite? at night time)
QR169 DOH-ARN Y-J HKD$4237 (480) for 2 pax in total Booking Class Q - Offer received 15 days before 03/02/2022 flight (B788 at night time)
additional ~10% off if purchase both segments
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Old Jan 19, 2022, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by piaopiao
QR817 HKG-DOH Y-J HKD$7369 (834) for 2 pax in total Booking Class Q - Offer received 15 days before 02/02/2022 flight (A359 QSuite or maybe B77L w/o QSuite? at night time)
QR169 DOH-ARN Y-J HKD$4237 (480) for 2 pax in total Booking Class Q - Offer received 15 days before 03/02/2022 flight (B788 at night time)
additional ~10% off if purchase both segments
I'm pleasantly surprised by these offers... I found them to be really reasonable (250 EUR per person from DOH to ARN!)

I had received an offer last week from DOH to LHR for... 699 GBP!
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Old Jan 19, 2022, 11:15 pm
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Originally Posted by clsdn
I'm pleasantly surprised by these offers... I found them to be really reasonable (250 EUR per person from DOH to ARN!)

I had received an offer last week from DOH to LHR for... 699 GBP!
Yes. Considering the original ticket at HK$2610 each pax (296), making the total price is even lower than buying business class reward ticket via Asiamiles. And it is impossible to purchase this ticket via Asiamiles due to limited HKG-DOH reward seats. So I personally regard this as a great bargain and took it immidiately.
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Old Jan 29, 2022, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by LATraveler1963
So I am asking the commentariat at large the following. Do you feel $100 per hour in a lie flat Q Suite J seat for a flight > 10 hours is worth it. That seems to be a general gauge as to if you are getting a reasonable offer. I am already in J DFW-DOH-BKK but using a flight voucher from 2020 when you could make this trip roundtrip all day long for under 4k. With almost universal adoption of Q Suites on these routes those sub 4k J fares are a distant memory and 5k seems the new norm. My partner wanted to get on this same flight so she went Economy and hoping to get at least the DFW-DOH leg in J for ~1600. I would feel like a complete heel if she is sitting behind me on the same flight but 100 dollars per flight hour I think is my limit. Now just waiting for the email as we are T-23 days
UPDATE this morning t-5 went into the manage your booking portal (No email received yet) and saw that upgrade option was available offering DFW-DOH for $936 which I accepted for my partner so we can travel in same cabin. Upgrade still not available DOH-BKK but hopeful as loads to Thailand should (?) be lighter than USA to Middle East (Dallas has a very large Indian community)
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