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

Don't forget to also share a detailed post with....

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 Sep 23, 2022, 1:27 pm
  #976  
hmv
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Seeing an upgrade pop-up on the app right now, for my connecting flight which will depart in a few hours:
DOH-SIN, QR946, economy to business for 1442 EUR or 142.800 Avios.
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Old Sep 24, 2022, 7:38 am
  #977  
 
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Received offer on app Y-J DOH-DUB. QR2800 (US$ 760 approx) and QR2900 ($800 approx) for the return a few days later,
Too much for me, so I'll pass.

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Old Sep 24, 2022, 9:40 am
  #978  
 
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Another silly upgrade offer from Business R to F on QR836 Sep 28th THB 49,558 or 133,000 Avios ( 1,239 GBP ) suffice to say I'm more than happy with J on the 380
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Old Sep 24, 2022, 7:31 pm
  #979  
 
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Originally Posted by spec119
Another silly upgrade offer from Business R to F on QR836 Sep 28th THB 49,558 or 133,000 Avios ( 1,239 GBP ) suffice to say I'm more than happy with J on the 380
Oh yes!
So it seems the upgrade offers are independent of the booking fare class - I got the same offer (but for QR831 on 01.10.) booking class Business C.. did not take it
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Old Sep 25, 2022, 11:55 pm
  #980  
 
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Originally Posted by smilesmiles
Total for upgrading both legs: 2392/ 2755.31 EUR/ 2759.53
USD.[/color]

For comparison, a full-priced round trip R fare is 2620.76. Is there some way to flag this to QR?! Surely the website/ mobile app is broken. There's no way this pricing is correct?
It is absolutely correct. I don't know why you would flag it to QR; they seem to be fully aware of it.

I've seen this many times: the price of an UG is more than booking the higher fare in the first place. There must be something about upgrades that QR is wanting to capitalise on. For business travel it's possible that a travel policy only allows for Y and then some pax might be willing to pay a non-exorbitant amount to upgrade. Maybe it's a different emotional state close to the flight. Maybe it's the fact that the cost is staggered (first pay for Y, then pay some more for an UG VS. pay for J in the first place).

What is clear is that QR has the data. They know how many offers they put out and how many takers they get at what price, and they [possibly] use that to determine the price of the upgrades they offer. QR has to make the UGs expensive enough for people to not get into the habit of buying Y fares and upgrading later as a workaround to get to fly J for cheaper than the regular fare.
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Old Sep 27, 2022, 12:46 pm
  #981  
 
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Flew DFW-BKK back in February on J and was able to upgrade my companions Coach ticket for around 1,500.00 all in. 1000 for the DFW-DOH leg and 500 for DOH-BKK
Companion flying back today and was quoted ridiculous prices of 107,000 baht $2,853.33(DOH-DFW) and 45,000 baht $1,200.00 (BKK-DOH) even with the extremely strong dollar (anybody thinking about traveling to Thailand get going now because at 37.5 baht to the dollar, Thailand went from affordable to cheap again)
Sorry honey, coach will have to suffice this time.

I wonder if they store names of passengers that have taken advantage of Coach to Business Upgrades and consciously push the envelope to see when we say enough.
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Old Sep 27, 2022, 5:27 pm
  #982  
 
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Originally Posted by LATraveler1963
I wonder if they store names of passengers that have taken advantage of Coach to Business Upgrades and consciously push the envelope to see when we say enough.
They would be silly not to. :-)

I wouldn't take it personally though; it also has to do with supply/demand on that route, on that particular day, given the actual pax load. I don't have any actual insights, but I would guess that lots of Americans flying BKK->US would trigger a high UG cost. (I know if I were Rev Mgmt I would likely play it that way...)
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Old Sep 28, 2022, 10:46 am
  #983  
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Any data points on cost from business to first? I have a return trip that just got swapped to cathay product both ways.
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Old Sep 28, 2022, 6:53 pm
  #984  
 
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Originally Posted by BirdLawyer
Any data points on cost from business to first? I have a return trip that just got swapped to cathay product both ways.
At the moment it seems to be more costly to upgrade, than if youve booked First from the beginning.....you cant say that this is a good "deal" ;-) from perpective of a customer.
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Old Sep 29, 2022, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveller999
BKK - DOH

QR831 Business (C) to First 144,000 Avios or 1300 EUR , QCredits not offered as payment

Ill not take it
How long before the flight did you get the upgrade offer?
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Old Sep 29, 2022, 7:09 pm
  #986  
 
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Originally Posted by Alchemist007
How long before the flight did you get the upgrade offer?
2 weeks in advance
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Old Oct 5, 2022, 6:01 am
  #987  
 
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DOH - BKK
QR830 Business (I) to First 133,000 Avios and 50,630 THB (around 1360 EUR)
Offer received 13 days before flight

Ill (again) not take it
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Old Oct 7, 2022, 4:15 am
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BKK-DOH (QR833), Y (N fare basis) to J, GBP 933 or 106,000 Avios. Got the offer at 5hrs prior to scheduled departure time, I had not checked in at this point.

I had been monitoring the flight for a while and for a long time ExpertFlyer was showing zero J flights available for sale until this morning.

Took the offer and paid in full using Avios. Many would not, but since my company had already paid for the Y fare it's the only way I would be able to fly in J (at least the A333 has a flat bed). Plus I consider 0.88p per Avios a reasonable return.
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Old Oct 7, 2022, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by ChampagneSocialist
BKK-DOH (QR833), Y (N fare basis) to J, GBP 933 or 106,000 Avios. Got the offer at 5hrs prior to scheduled departure time, I had not checked in at this point.

I had been monitoring the flight for a while and for a long time ExpertFlyer was showing zero J flights available for sale until this morning.

Took the offer and paid in full using Avios. Many would not, but since my company had already paid for the Y fare it's the only way I would be able to fly in J (at least the A333 has a flat bed). Plus I consider 0.88p per Avios a reasonable return.
... This hurts to read - you would have been able to redeem Avios in J for much less by buying straight... and kept that ticket for another time... Would have been happy to take your avios for that.
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Old Oct 7, 2022, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by clsdn
... This hurts to read - you would have been able to redeem Avios in J for much less by buying straight... and kept that ticket for another time... Would have been happy to take your avios for that.
Theres me, redeeming 112,500 Avios for ZRH-DOH-BKK all in F, wondering if its the best use of avios lol!
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