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:


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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 Apr 12, 2024, 6:52 am
  #1336  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: SIN
Programs: QR Platinum, IHG Diamond, GHA Titanium
Posts: 215
BKK-DOH (I class) to F on A380 for 1330USD
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 7:10 am
  #1337  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Bham, AL
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Posts: 394
Originally Posted by florin
You can always ask at the airport (it won't hurt); expect that to be very expensive though (if available.)
To put this to bed: From ATL>DOH an offer for $1390 given 36 hours before, then while hemmed and hawed, went up to $1520. Passed on it.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 6:11 am
  #1338  
 
Join Date: Jan 2023
Location: UK
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Does anyone have any recent experience of upgrade offers from DOH-SYD? Im wondering if they are even offered on this route or is J mostly sold out?
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Old Apr 15, 2024, 12:57 am
  #1339  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MEL
Programs: DL, QF, QR Gold, MR Lifetime Gold
Posts: 7,008
FWIW I flew MEL-DOH the other day and J was sold out
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Old Apr 15, 2024, 9:35 am
  #1340  
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: ZRH / SEA, DL PM
Posts: 1,166
Originally Posted by KingCanute
Award flights are generally not upgradeable
In the past I upgraded Y awards (AA miles) to J in the airport without any problems. Such upgrades were not offered in advance though.

Edit to add: once agent had some issues with my booking class , but it was resolved (or overwritten, not sure exactly what was. the problem and I had impression the price was quoted regardless of the original ticket booking code).

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Old Apr 15, 2024, 5:05 pm
  #1341  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MEL
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Originally Posted by AntonS
In the past I upgraded Y awards (AA miles) to J in the airport without any problems. Such upgrades were not offered in advance though.

Edit to add: once agent had some issues with my booking class , but it was resolved (or overwritten, not sure exactly what was. the problem and I had impression the price was quoted regardless of the original ticket booking code).
Did you pay money for the UG? To be clear, was this an award issued by AA that you were able to UG at the airport with cash?
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 3:26 am
  #1342  
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: ZRH / SEA, DL PM
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Originally Posted by florin
Did you pay money for the UG? To be clear, was this an award issued by AA that you were able to UG at the airport with cash?
sorry for confusion, yes it was award issued by AA and upgraded at the airport with cash.
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Old Apr 20, 2024, 9:20 am
  #1343  
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: ord/bkk based
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i've the following economy flights, and current avios upgrade options; not sure how to check my fare class but assume it is cheapy cheap for all of them.

flight 1
BKK-DOH - 7h a380
DOH-NBO - 5h20m 773

flight 2
JNB-DOH - 8h 20m a359
DOH-BKK - 6h55m 773 - upgrade available for 45,500 avios

flight 3
KUL-DOH - 7h 40m 773 - 45,500 avios
DOH-ATH - 5h 788 - 25,000 avios

my understanding is upgrade books into award class and earns credit from the original fare class (i'll be crediting to alaska), and that cash/avios upgrades don't grant lounge access. should i assume cash upgrade earns at original fare class too?

1. any of these points upgrades seem like no brainers? i have 143k in BA (accounts are linked, not sure if i can just use right away or need to push to QR) - and i've had it sitting there for some time
2. expected successful cash offers for these routes? it sounds like BKK-DOH is $1000 - $1300+. i'm tall, but i'm cheap, and am a more considerate buyer at half this or better.
3. do these get cheaper, or only cash offers get cheaper? i found points availability for flight 3 on ba.com; KUL-DOH-ATH on QR for 70k avios and $224 (my original fare iirc was $370) - alternatively 80k aa miles and $86 over there.

alaska mvp gold / oneworld sapphire, but probably mvp gold 75k / emerald by the time i start flying most of these. considering using the avios given i've yet to find good sweet spots to use the ones i do have.

feeling like i shouldn't expect to get outsized value from ba/qr avios and should just opportunistically spend them in the future/on any upgrades i find here.
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Old Apr 20, 2024, 9:39 am
  #1344  
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: BER
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Originally Posted by sickmint79
i've the following economy flights, and current avios upgrade options; not sure how to check my fare class but assume it is cheapy cheap for all of them.

flight 1
BKK-DOH - 7h a380
DOH-NBO - 5h20m 773

flight 2
JNB-DOH - 8h 20m a359
DOH-BKK - 6h55m 773 - upgrade available for 45,500 avios

flight 3
KUL-DOH - 7h 40m 773 - 45,500 avios
DOH-ATH - 5h 788 - 25,000 avios

my understanding is upgrade books into award class and earns credit from the original fare class (i'll be crediting to alaska), and that cash/avios upgrades don't grant lounge access. should i assume cash upgrade earns at original fare class too?

1. any of these points upgrades seem like no brainers? i have 143k in BA (accounts are linked, not sure if i can just use right away or need to push to QR) - and i've had it sitting there for some time
2. expected successful cash offers for these routes? it sounds like BKK-DOH is $1000 - $1300+. i'm tall, but i'm cheap, and am a more considerate buyer at half this or better.
3. do these get cheaper, or only cash offers get cheaper? i found points availability for flight 3 on ba.com; KUL-DOH-ATH on QR for 70k avios and $224 (my original fare iirc was $370) - alternatively 80k aa miles and $86 over there.

alaska mvp gold / oneworld sapphire, but probably mvp gold 75k / emerald by the time i start flying most of these. considering using the avios given i've yet to find good sweet spots to use the ones i do have.

feeling like i shouldn't expect to get outsized value from ba/qr avios and should just opportunistically spend them in the future/on any upgrades i find here.
1. I wouldn't say any of those are no-brainers, but if any of those flights are red-eyes, having a lie flat to sleep in is worth it.
2. Cash offers can vary wildly, and 1k for a 6-7 hour flight is not something I would even consider. I don't think there are any recent data points for 500 on that route.
3. Avios upgrades are fixed price.

I've been admitted into QR lounges with upgraded tickets. YMMV
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Old Apr 21, 2024, 7:54 pm
  #1345  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MEL
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Originally Posted by sickmint79
i've the following economy flights, and current avios upgrade options; not sure how to check my fare class but assume it is cheapy cheap for all of them.

flight 1
BKK-DOH - 7h a380
DOH-NBO - 5h20m 773

flight 2
JNB-DOH - 8h 20m a359
DOH-BKK - 6h55m 773 - upgrade available for 45,500 avios

flight 3
KUL-DOH - 7h 40m 773 - 45,500 avios
DOH-ATH - 5h 788 - 25,000 avios

my understanding is upgrade books into award class and earns credit from the original fare class (i'll be crediting to alaska), and that cash/avios upgrades don't grant lounge access. should i assume cash upgrade earns at original fare class too?

1. any of these points upgrades seem like no brainers? i have 143k in BA (accounts are linked, not sure if i can just use right away or need to push to QR) - and i've had it sitting there for some time
2. expected successful cash offers for these routes? it sounds like BKK-DOH is $1000 - $1300+. i'm tall, but i'm cheap, and am a more considerate buyer at half this or better.
3. do these get cheaper, or only cash offers get cheaper? i found points availability for flight 3 on ba.com; KUL-DOH-ATH on QR for 70k avios and $224 (my original fare iirc was $370) - alternatively 80k aa miles and $86 over there.

alaska mvp gold / oneworld sapphire, but probably mvp gold 75k / emerald by the time i start flying most of these. considering using the avios given i've yet to find good sweet spots to use the ones i do have.

feeling like i shouldn't expect to get outsized value from ba/qr avios and should just opportunistically spend them in the future/on any upgrades i find here.
Whether an UG is worth the price, cash or Avios, is really a personal decision because the question is whether that's wroth it FOR YOU. Different people appreciate different things about flying J (some want the sleep, others want the pampering experience,...) and the question is why would YOU want to fly J? If you want the experience, then a day flight will give you that; if you want the sleep and/or want to arrive better rested, then a night flight is better. There's the question of the opportunity cost: if you do spend the Avios / cash on an UG, what are you foregoing? Years ago, I would not spend miles/points on ANY upgrade because I was saving them for "free" (cheap) flights; now I occasionally do that, especially on a very long flight, when I need to arrive better rested. Similarly, $1000 can be spent on 8 hours inside a metal tube, or on a weekend in nice hotel, meals, a massage, the lot. It's all about what YOU value most.
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Old Apr 21, 2024, 11:53 pm
  #1346  
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: ZRH / SEA, DL PM
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Accepted $500 upgrade offer DOH-KTM and now it asks me to pay for seat assignment $70.

is it a new improvement charging for J seats on upgraded tickets?

Edited to add: all J seats are marked as premium or extra legroom and charged the same price , there are no normal seats.
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Last edited by AntonS; Apr 22, 2024 at 8:52 am
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Old Apr 22, 2024, 6:24 am
  #1347  
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: ord/bkk based
Posts: 219
Originally Posted by florin
Whether an UG is worth the price, cash or Avios, is really a personal decision because the question is whether that's wroth it FOR YOU. Different people appreciate different things about flying J (some want the sleep, others want the pampering experience,...) and the question is why would YOU want to fly J? If you want the experience, then a day flight will give you that; if you want the sleep and/or want to arrive better rested, then a night flight is better. There's the question of the opportunity cost: if you do spend the Avios / cash on an UG, what are you foregoing? Years ago, I would not spend miles/points on ANY upgrade because I was saving them for "free" (cheap) flights; now I occasionally do that, especially on a very long flight, when I need to arrive better rested. Similarly, $1000 can be spent on 8 hours inside a metal tube, or on a weekend in nice hotel, meals, a massage, the lot. It's all about what YOU value most.
yeah this is where i'm struggling, as my 143k BA avios have been sitting for quite some time so maybe time to use them. i've not found a sweet spot to use them thus far, so it seems arguable i should use them now even though i hunt for a more optimal redemption with chase/amex/aa/ua. never found what seemed to be a nice sweet spot in the US nor now in BKK, can't say i've looked much though for the latter. i would have used them for the flight 3 route had i looked earlier, but roame doesn't price out ba and ba's day at a search time is pretty crappy, so i didn't realize i could have picked that one up in the first place.
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Old May 5, 2024, 8:39 am
  #1348  
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 305
Hi I just booked for this summer 2 seats in J for spouse & child for CCU -> DOH -> DUB in J using aadvantage and for myself on same QR flights in economy also using aadvantage because award availability only gave 2 seats in J. Would like to see if my seat can be upgradable with cash to travel with family, or if cash upgrades would have better luck if I used QR avios to book my economy seat or pay for it outright instead of award.

Also any idea what ballpark this cash upgrade might cost if offered? Most I may be willing to pay is around $1k eur/usd for the both legs combined. Of course best case scenario is QR opens up another award seat in J for same flights then will jump on it
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Old May 5, 2024, 9:40 am
  #1349  
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Sweden
Programs: Oneworld Emerald, EBG
Posts: 252
J->F BKK-DOH

Hi fellow flyers
What do you think 😊. Is USD 1340 just crazy for a 7 hour flight ? Do they serve caviar ?
I have a connection in DOH in J. I guess I am not entitled to AlSafwa right? OWE but that doesnt matter. Just curious of flying maybe only once in lifetime in Qatar F.
Any comments
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Old May 6, 2024, 11:10 am
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Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
Programs: QR PC Platinum, TK M&S elite, UA silver, ITA Voltaire Executive (lol), Marriott Bonvoy Platinum
Posts: 1,209
Originally Posted by sueco6
Hi fellow flyers
What do you think 😊. Is USD 1340 just crazy for a 7 hour flight ? Do they serve caviar ?
I have a connection in DOH in J. I guess I am not entitled to AlSafwa right? OWE but that doesnt matter. Just curious of flying maybe only once in lifetime in Qatar F.
Any comments
Yep no AS access but you will have caviar served. Personally I wouldnt take this offer but to each their own.
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