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:
How far in advance you received the offer:


Thank you for your help!
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 Aug 31, 2022, 12:12 pm
  #946  
 
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Well this is fun...
Today I received an offer for an upcoming flight T-13 DOH-BEY. (Beirut) The offer is for an upgrade from economy to First Class - offer cost QR 1715 (around USD450) which is quite steep, but hey, it's First Class, caviar, Dom, what's not to like? However there is no First Class on this aircraft. It is a two class aircraft, business and economy. The aircraft was recently switched to an Oman Air wet leased A330, but the photo with the offer is of a First Class customer on a QR First Class A380 enjoying First at its finest... I called three times. Nobody understood. So I emailed a complaint asking for a new business class offer, reflecting the fact that it is business, not First and not a QR aircraft.
Not expecting a meaningful reply, but let's see.. Grantosol.
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Old Aug 31, 2022, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by skywalkerLAX
BKK-DOH 18,625 THB (~ US$520) but Y is totally overbooked due to downgrade from A380 to B77W. I think I'll gamble.
How did you go?
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Old Aug 31, 2022, 5:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Grantosol
Well this is fun...
The offer is for an upgrade from economy to First Class - offer cost QR 1715 (around USD450) which is quite steep, but hey, it's First Class, caviar, Dom, what's not to like? However there is no First Class on this aircraft. It is a two class aircraft, business and economy.
Yeah, on some ME routes the non-steerage class is marketed as First. It's not First in a real sense, much like it isn't on domestic US flights; it's just another name for the premium class. Pictures of First on an A380 are deceiving IMO; it says "THIS is what you get" when the reality is different. It's a bit like a hotel advertising a picture of their nicest suite when the average room is nothing like it. It's deceiving and some countries are more strict about these practices than others.
I don't suppose you'll get anything from QR; what you are getting is an offer to UG to a higher class of service, regardless of what it's called, and you can either take it or leave it.
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Old Sep 1, 2022, 1:20 am
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Last week - JNB-DOH upgrade to J - R15450 ($450 per pax, 2 pax)
Today (departure day) - JNB-DOH upgrade to J - R45000 ($1300 per pax, 2 pax)
Tomorrow DOH-IAD upgrade to J - R110 000 ($3200 per pax, 2 pax)
**edit - booking class Y, 2 un accompanied minors.
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Old Sep 1, 2022, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by zimstyles
Last week - JNB-DOH upgrade to J - R15450 ($450 per pax, 2 pax)
Today (departure day) - JNB-DOH upgrade to J - R45000 ($1300 per pax, 2 pax)
Tomorrow DOH-IAD upgrade to J - R110 000 ($3200 per pax, 2 pax)
**edit - booking class Y, 2 un accompanied minors.
Gosh - That's quite a hike..
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Old Sep 1, 2022, 11:06 am
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My mini drama took a little twist today. The response to my complaint was to contact my local QR office which conveniently is very close. Staff super-helpful. They offered me an upgrade for QR 1200 (around $300). Still steep, but then we checked the loads and there is just one person in business (call it First if you like..) So I'll take my chances with an airport upgrade. Sometimes it's good, sometimes not. I'm relaxed about it all... Grantosol
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Old Sep 1, 2022, 5:58 pm
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I've seen this a lot lately - if UGs are offered before departure, the price skyrockets the day of departure (or the day before). I'm not sure what the strategy is there, but QR has the numbers, so they must know something I don't. Maybe there is a big demand on that day? They must have worked this out somehow...

I see this a LOT for flights departing Australia (and most flights out of Australia are long, as we're far away from everything): pax asking about upgrades when checking in. Every other person does it. Keep in mind that most people are inexperienced travellers and they are probably hoping for a $50 UG.

Grantosol, in the end you were able to bring down the UG offer from $450 to $300 just by alluding to the premium cabin being deceivingly labelled, and I think that's great. It's still travel season and there is lots of staff travel... these are not good times for OPUPs, if that's what you were hoping for. Please let us know how this plays out.
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Old Sep 2, 2022, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by florin
How did you go?
Economy evened out for QR (no need for op ups) and I ended up paying. I'm ok with that price for Q Suites.
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Old Sep 4, 2022, 3:49 am
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DOH -KTM 1100 EUR for 4 pax
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Old Sep 4, 2022, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by Grantosol
Well this is fun...
Today I received an offer for an upcoming flight T-13 DOH-BEY. (Beirut) The offer is for an upgrade from economy to First Class - offer cost QR 1715 (around USD450) which is quite steep, but hey, it's First Class, caviar, Dom, what's not to like? However there is no First Class on this aircraft. It is a two class aircraft, business and economy. The aircraft was recently switched to an Oman Air wet leased A330, but the photo with the offer is of a First Class customer on a QR First Class A380 enjoying First at its finest... I called three times. Nobody understood. So I emailed a complaint asking for a new business class offer, reflecting the fact that it is business, not First and not a QR aircraft.
Not expecting a meaningful reply, but let's see.. Grantosol.
Is it the new Oman Air Business Class product? If so, thats quite the improvement over intra Middle East F.

This practice is not uncommon. QF and others also show their most aspirational product when upselling.
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Old Sep 4, 2022, 8:11 pm
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Originally Posted by skywalkerLAX
BKK-DOH 18,625 THB (~ US$520) but Y is totally overbooked due to downgrade from A380 to B77W. I think I'll gamble.
How'd the gamble turn out :-)?
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Old Sep 4, 2022, 8:16 pm
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BKK-DOH upgrade offer received a few days ago from J to F for QR831 leaving Sept 5th 2022. Booking class C.

Y and J seem to be overbooked


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Old Sep 4, 2022, 9:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Bobdh13
How'd the gamble turn out :-)?
3 posts above yours?
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Old Sep 6, 2022, 8:36 pm
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Hi all the experts here, newbie question, I am flying MEL-DOH-AMS in Y sadly in a few weeks, am a OW status (emerald) but not even a member on Qatar. How do I find out about any cash upgrades in advance and am I even eligible if I am not a Privilege Club member?
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Old Sep 6, 2022, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by oranjemakker
Hi all the experts here, newbie question, I am flying MEL-DOH-AMS in Y sadly in a few weeks, am a OW status (emerald) but not even a member on Qatar. How do I find out about any cash upgrades in advance and am I even eligible if I am not a Privilege Club member?
If it's a revenue booking, then you are eligible even if you are not a PC member. When you go to Manage Booking on the QR website, or in the QR mobile app, if case upgrades are available then they would appear there. They usually become available some 2 weeks before the flight. The price goes up significantly the day of departure (and I think the day before as well), so if a cash UG is your plan, it's cheaper to do it ahead of time (if available).

If it's an award booking, you can't do cash upgrades.
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