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!

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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 full routing for the leg of the flight:
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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 Jul 16, 2017, 11:01 am
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I booked a flight DOH-BKK in economy and used qcredits to upgrade from Y to J. On the day of the flight I saw that the F cabin was almost empty so I asked at the airport if I could upgrade to F. I was open to how this could be done: cash or miles and my decision would be depedent on how many miles I would have to use versus how much cash they wanted. I was told it was not possible given that I already upgraded from Y to J.

I am assuming this is correct, but I thought it was a bit strange to have a passenger willing to pay money to upgrade and the rules are such that he cannot do so. To fly in F on that day, I would have had to purchase a completely new ticket and forego the rest of my itinerary which is quite a bit to ask.

Would it not be in QR's best interest to allow people to pay to upgrade when they want to do so? It would essentially mean that I am changing my Y ticket to a J ticket, and that I am using my qcredits to upgrade from J to F rather than from Y to J. Or just give me back the qcredits and ask me to pay for the upgrade from Y to F based on the fare difference?

I was a bit disappointed by the lack of flexibility. Not the end of the world, but a bit surprising experience.
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Old Jul 16, 2017, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by escape4
I booked a flight DOH-BKK in economy and used qcredits to upgrade from Y to J. On the day of the flight I saw that the F cabin was almost empty so I asked at the airport if I could upgrade to F. I was open to how this could be done: cash or miles and my decision would be depedent on how many miles I would have to use versus how much cash they wanted. I was told it was not possible given that I already upgraded from Y to J.

I am assuming this is correct, but I thought it was a bit strange to have a passenger willing to pay money to upgrade and the rules are such that he cannot do so. To fly in F on that day, I would have had to purchase a completely new ticket and forego the rest of my itinerary which is quite a bit to ask.

Would it not be in QR's best interest to allow people to pay to upgrade when they want to do so? It would essentially mean that I am changing my Y ticket to a J ticket, and that I am using my qcredits to upgrade from J to F rather than from Y to J. Or just give me back the qcredits and ask me to pay for the upgrade from Y to F based on the fare difference?

I was a bit disappointed by the lack of flexibility. Not the end of the world, but a bit surprising experience.
Although I'm not an expert in such matters, I know that BA operate a similar policy, you cannot normally upgrade an upgrade, so it doesn't surprise me that QR are similar.

Also, if the F cabin was empty, maybe the decision had already been taken in terms of crew levels, and for catering not to load any allowance for outbound F catering. If the F cabin were already occupied, adding one more passenger probably wouldn't matter, but opening the F cabin is probably a different issue.
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Old Jul 16, 2017, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by remdk
bertheike from the information available to me QRs thinking is that the higher Economy ticketing classes are so much more expensive than the lower ticketing classes that an airport upgrade for cash is an economic proposition and cheaper than an E-mail upgrade offer. The upgrade price very much depends upon the true loading of the J cabin as well as the price paid for the original ticket.
If loading is very low then airport cash upgrades are cheaper then if the cabin is almost full.
Please remember that the seat maps that you can see only show the selected seats not the actual purchased seats. If a passenger purchase a ticket for a flight it is only if he selects a seat that he appears on the seat map.
I have access to AMADEUS availability, so actually i can see every seat which is reserved, taken or blocked. Experience also let me know ( if there are 9 seats on R available , that's max. what AMADEUS shows, then business is widely open. Departure in less than 24h. means them also can not sell so much anymore.
For us the airport upgrading ( by faredifference ) is not that practcable for some reason.
***update !!! now 1 seat in C is gone. So the cabin should be open.

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Old Jul 16, 2017, 4:15 pm
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bertheike what I am saying is that those who do not reserve a seat do not appear on the seat maps in the reservations systems since QR allocates no seat to them. In fact they would only appear on the flight seat map when they check-in and select or are allocated a seat. The Amadeus software Check My Trip does not show then either!
In this case having access to the Amadeus data is not a guarantee that the information is correct. I do not know the capabilities of the Amadeus system you are describing so I cannot with certainty say if it is a true picture of cabin loading or not.
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Old Jul 16, 2017, 10:16 pm
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QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 596 GBP; Booking class N; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

partner on different PNR
QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 26,000 THB; Booking class O; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

Much higher prices than previously reported on this route.
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Old Jul 17, 2017, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by remdk
bertheike what I am saying is that those who do not reserve a seat do not appear on the seat maps in the reservations systems since QR allocates no seat to them. In fact they would only appear on the flight seat map when they check-in and select or are allocated a seat. The Amadeus software Check My Trip does not show then either!
In this case having access to the Amadeus data is not a guarantee that the information is correct. I do not know the capabilities of the Amadeus system you are describing so I cannot with certainty say if it is a true picture of cabin loading or not.
It's not CMT, it's a travelagent system. QR allocates a seat to any ticket issued reservation 48 h. ahead of departure by them system, which the pax can change during OLCI, up to availability.
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Old Jul 17, 2017, 7:13 am
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Pretty adjacent on QR27 a week earlier

Originally Posted by giblet
QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 596 GBP; Booking class N; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

partner on different PNR
QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 26,000 THB; Booking class O; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

Much higher prices than previously reported on this route.
Got offered pretty much the same price - 6013 HK$ on the DOH - MAN a week earlier.

Smiled and walked away. Only paid 450 HKG to MAN return and as OWE can live with 7 hours in Y - on what looks to be a very empty cabin - rather than that implausible offer.
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Old Jul 24, 2017, 3:01 pm
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From this info (or elsewhere) has anyone figured out which fare classes seem to get the SUOs and which definitely don't ? For both economy and business ?
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Old Jul 24, 2017, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by giblet
QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 596 GBP; Booking class N; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

partner on different PNR
QR31 DOH-EDI; Y to J; 26,000 THB; Booking class O; 14 days before 7/30/17 flight

Much higher prices than previously reported on this route.
Was your economy ticket actually a Y ticket or a different class ?
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Old Jul 25, 2017, 3:25 am
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QR82 TXL-DOH Y-J EUR 439 (Booking Class Y) - Offer received 10 days before 07/27/17 flight
QR840 DOH-HKT Y-J EUR 439 (Booking Class Y) - Offer received 11 days before 07/28/17 flight
QR841 HKT-DOH Y-J EUR 438 (Booking Class Y) - Offer received 15 days before 08/01/17 flight

Quite a lot given that Y is the highest booking class in Economy. So I guess they also consider how much you originally paid for your ticket
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Old Jul 25, 2017, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by plunet
Although I'm not an expert in such matters, I know that BA operate a similar policy, you cannot normally upgrade an upgrade, so it doesn't surprise me that QR are similar.

Also, if the F cabin was empty, maybe the decision had already been taken in terms of crew levels, and for catering not to load any allowance for outbound F catering. If the F cabin were already occupied, adding one more passenger probably wouldn't matter, but opening the F cabin is probably a different issue.
From an IT perspective, the double upgrade system would add a lot of extra complexity to their software. When they said you couldn't do it, it's probably that there software doesn't physically have to capability to handle the transaction.
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Old Jul 25, 2017, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101
From an IT perspective, the double upgrade system would add a lot of extra complexity to their software. When they said you couldn't do it, it's probably that there software doesn't physically have to capability to handle the transaction.
I thought it was more the case that upgrades get allocated into another fare bucket, and tickets in that fare bucket cannot be upgraded further. And this is probably more by design rather than accident.
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Old Jul 25, 2017, 1:49 pm
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All reward flights and upgrades are placed in s single ticket class (U if i remember correctly). This class is not upgradeable, just as T, O, W and G cannot be upgraded.
Since e-mail upgrade offers are not upgradeable it is likely they have the same ticket class.

It appears that QR have made a decision that these tickets are not upgradeable. The reason for this is almost certainly Commercial but there could also be considerable technical reasons as well. Whatever the reason all we can do is accept that they cannot be upgraded.
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Old Aug 17, 2017, 3:37 am
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QR870 DOH-PVG Y-J EUR 440 (Booking Class N) - Offer received 7 days before 15/08/2017 flight
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Old Aug 19, 2017, 4:26 am
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Can anyone speak to upgrading a Class T economy fare?

Per the wiki, it is obviously not that common (I see just 3 mentions, 1 ATH & 2 SIN). As far as I know, T is one of the cheapest economy fare classes so I am not surprised, just wondering if anyone knows any specifics about the chances.

Am flying ATL-DOH-KUL in October. Assuming I just have to wait and see if I get emailed with an offer in the days prior to departure.
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