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
DOH–ORD 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
DOH–LHR Y-J 1171AZN (£545) Link

DOH–LHR Y-J £554Link

DOH–LHR 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 Dec 30, 2022, 11:50 am
  #1051  
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
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Question

QR0988 DOH-MEL B-J €1382 Booking Class B - Offer received 7 days before 03/Jan/23 flight

€1382 or 147,000 Avios

Also received a cash upgrade offer for BER-DOH leg for a similar price per mile (no longer showing)

Not going to take it as I'm hoping for an Awards Upgrade for a lot fewer Avios (Qcalculator says DOH>MEL class B economy to business should only be 37k Avios)

Does everyone see the same Awards Upgrade availability (I'm currently seeing none)? Does my PC status (silver) or special meal request influence it at all?

Does the cash offer have to expire first (which it will on Jan 1st according to email) before an Awards Upgrade might start showing available?

Is there anything I can do apart from check the app/website daily for an Awards Upgrade?
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Old Dec 30, 2022, 6:25 pm
  #1052  
 
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Originally Posted by h222
Does my PC status (silver) or special meal request influence it at all?
No, the Silver status won't make a difference.

Originally Posted by h222
Does the cash offer have to expire first (which it will on Jan 1st according to email) before an Awards Upgrade might start showing available?
No, the cash offer is unrelated to upgrading with Avios. You can upgrade in advance if there is U availability, or you can try in DOH at one of the upgrade desks.

Originally Posted by h222
Is there anything I can do apart from check the app/website daily for an Awards Upgrade?
No, checking daily is the only thing you can do.
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Old Dec 31, 2022, 2:26 am
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Thanks, glad I'm not missing anything

An awards upgrade for the first leg BER>DOH came up for 20k Avios last night which I jumped on, fingers crossed one will come up for the longer leg as well
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Old Jan 1, 2023, 7:09 am
  #1054  
 
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Expertflyer seat map shows about half of all seats in business as X (blocked), the rest occupied, only 9J (handicap accessible) seems to still be free

Do X seats include ones that may still be released as Awards upgrades, or are X all sold and just not assigned yet?
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Old Jan 1, 2023, 11:00 am
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QR679 SEZ-DOH Y-J £1416/per pax Booking Class Y - Offer received 1 day before 02/01/23 flight - also got offered 170500 Avios per pax


QR009 DOH-LHR Y-J £2390/per pax Booking Class Y - Offer received 2 days before 03/01/23 flight - also got offered 287600 Avios per pax


2 pax on booking, QRPC platinum.. Really not compelling offers at all
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Old Jan 2, 2023, 12:53 am
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Join Date: Jan 2013
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Originally Posted by newEUer
QR679 SEZ-DOH Y-J £1416/per pax Booking Class Y - Offer received 1 day before 02/01/23 flight - also got offered 170500 Avios per pax


QR009 DOH-LHR Y-J £2390/per pax Booking Class Y - Offer received 2 days before 03/01/23 flight - also got offered 287600 Avios per pax


2 pax on booking, QRPC platinum.. Really not compelling offers at all
not sure what the intentions to propose last minute paid upgrade higher than full price business class ticket.
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Old Jan 2, 2023, 2:26 am
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Originally Posted by h222
Expertflyer seat map shows about half of all seats in business as X (blocked), the rest occupied, only 9J (handicap accessible) seems to still be free

Do X seats include ones that may still be released as Awards upgrades, or are X all sold and just not assigned yet?
They may be released and the block could be there for a multitude of reasons. A common one mentioned on here is the centre seats on a Qsuites flight where they are blocked for larger parties.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 1:19 am
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QR096 ZRH-DOH O-J CHF1'776 for 2 pax Booking Class O - Offer received 6 day before 09/01/23 flight - also got offered 192'000 Avios

For this leg, without Q-Suite, I prefer to pay for premium economy seat (they still have the CX airframe for now on this route).

Last edited by Zebulon; Jan 3, 2023 at 1:48 am
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 2:16 am
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Originally Posted by Zebulon
not sure what the intentions to propose last minute paid upgrade higher than full price business class ticket.
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I agree 100%, to add more context I ended up getting an Avios upgrade at Doha and there was still 5 empty seats in J on the flight!
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 10:07 am
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Flying KUL-DOH in 5 days, best Y fare, H class. Received a generous offer of 1169 dollars for upgrade, making it a bit more than if I would just outright buy business ticket.

well done, QR. you never disappoint me because I never expect anything good from you.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Zebulon
not sure what the intentions to propose last minute paid upgrade higher than full price business class ticket.
We have to assume that there is some logic behind these offers, and QR has the data. Maybe there are enough takers at these high prices. Maybe QR prefers fewer upgrades for more cash. Maybe they want to convey an image of J being expensive / exclusive hoping that more pax would pay for it.
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Old Jan 4, 2023, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by prat257
Any recent DP on Cash Upgrade Offers for SEA-DOH?
Seeing lot of open seats 15 days out and nothing on flights < 15 days making me believe some upgrade offers were rolled out and accepted
Originally Posted by prat257
SEA-DOH at OLCI (T-24 hours): $1844
Pass
That's truly a rubbish amount for an online upgrade offer on a wide open flight but then again people are willing to fork over cash for a more comfortable ride.

I'd be willing to pay $1k but not $2k for my upcoming SEA-DOH flight in February.
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Old Jan 4, 2023, 10:19 pm
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Seems nonsensical that they'd offer an upgrade at more than the price to buy a J ticket outright. Do they assume people are that desperate for an upgrade? Or perhaps they are simply steering people towards buying J fares upfront and discouraging those who purchase Y then hope for an attractive upgrade offer.
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Old Jan 4, 2023, 10:53 pm
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For those who are not into this scheme of upgrades, QR is targeting business travelers who have a corporate travel policy to fly in Y and their corporate travel agencies would not book their trips in J even if they are willing to pay for the fare difference out of their pocket.

Especially on a route like SEA-DOH, there would be a bunch of corporate travelers in Economy working for those large companies based in Seattle, which would pay that money to upgrade for their own personal comfort.

Also many people, don't have the privilege to purchase discounted Business Class tickets far in advance due to either to their work schedule, and factors that could not be determined far in advance.
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Old Jan 5, 2023, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
For those who are not into this scheme of upgrades, QR is targeting business travelers who have a corporate travel policy to fly in Y and their corporate travel agencies would not book their trips in J even if they are willing to pay for the fare difference out of their pocket.

Especially on a route like SEA-DOH, there would be a bunch of corporate travelers in Economy working for those large companies based in Seattle, which would pay that money to upgrade for their own personal comfort.

Also many people, don't have the privilege to purchase discounted Business Class tickets far in advance due to either to their work schedule, and factors that could not be determined far in advance.
It may be, however in the last flights I was, at least half of the J cabine was empty. My flight ZHR to DOH in 4 days show 33 J seats available but that doesn't prevent them to send crazy upgrade price. I have the feeling that they switch the pattern and don't want to fill in J anymore but make it more exclusive.
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