Cash upgrades on QR

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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

Beijing
QR895 PEK-DOH Y-J CNY3380; Booking Class O; 7 days before flight on Jan 13, 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

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)

Doha
QR870 DOH-PVG Y-C ( from V fare) 419 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

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.

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

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

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

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
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Old Feb 15, 17, 9:33 am
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Cash upgrades on QR

Welcome!

This Wikipost is intended to discuss cash upgrades on QR flights. Historically, QR did not offer this option particularly frequently, but in recent years this has changed and there are now a number of options for upgrading to the next cabin with your hard earned cash.

Now first, the rules – this thread does not deal with Qmiles or Qpoints as an option for upgrading. A thread on the use of Qpoints and Qmiles already exists at the link below – for any questions relating to this way of upgrading, please visit the thread:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/qatar...ts-qmiles.html

Most importantly, this is an interactive thread and requires you to contribute to keep it alive. It’s very simple - If you receive a Special Upgrade Offer via email, please share it with us! This helps your fellow FTers because:

1) It tells them whether or not a fellow FTer has received an SUO on the route they are flying on;
2) It tells them a good ballpark price for a SUO if they are flying the same route as you;
3) It tells them when (historically) to expect an SUO if it is ever going to arrive;
4) It gives a basis for comparison against a reprice of fare.

So when you receive an SUO, all you have to do is post with the following information (copy and paste):

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:


It would also be a big help if you could update the wiki with the cost and date. If you have been a member for less than 90 days, please post asking someone to update the thread as it will take some time.

The following posts have some handy details on the main types of cash upgrade – Special Upgrade Offers, Airport Upgrades, and Calling for a reprice. If any of the information is incorrect, please say and I or a mod will update it. The success of this thread depends on you!

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Old Feb 15, 17, 9:34 am
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Special Upgrade Offer (SUOs)

Special Upgrade Offers are a one-time opportunity to upgrade to the next cabin for a fixed cash amount. They are normally sent within 14 days of departure via email, and an example of the email is found below (thank you to delfindo who originally shared) :

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Dear Customer,

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to upgrade your travel for booking reference XXXXXX.

Economy to Business Class on flight QR 0002 on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 from London Heathrow Apt to Doha at a special price of GBP 482 per person.

This exclusive offer is available on a first come first served basis until 04-Jan-2015 20:30 GMT.
Upgrade to Premium Class and get:
- Access to premium cabin
- Access to premium lounge
- Additional Baggage as per cabin

Important information

- This exclusive offer is applicable to all passengers named and listed on the booking itinerary referenced above.
- The upgrade is only valid on the specific flight number and date mentioned and may not be applicable for the entire journey/itinerary.
- You can only purchase this one off deal using your Credit card (Visa, Master, Amex and Diners) via the link provided in this e-mail.
- All passengers in the booking must purchase the upgrade.
- It is not permitted to purchase upgrades for specific passengers selectively within the booking.
- This offer to upgrade select itineraries within the booking is non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.
- Qmiles will accrue based on the original ticketed class and not the upgraded class of travel.
- If you have other Qatar Airways flight indicated on the booking not included in the offer, it will remain in the same class of service as originally booked.


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QR say to be eligible to receive a SUO, the fare must be ‘eligible for upgrade’ and booked at least 8 days prior to departure. It is not clear how bookings are selected for the offer, or whether there is some sort of priority list.

Some FAQs about Special Upgrade Offers

Can I reserve the upgrade now and pay for it later?
No, you will need to immediately book and pay for the upgrade. The email will not have solely been sent to you, and upgrades are subject to availability – so if you would like to take the offer up, do it as soon as you can.

Can I upgrade my flight with cash at the airport when I check in?
This is called an Airport Upgrade (AUP) and is discussed later in this wiki. It is possible to do this, but will be at a different rate (possibly better than the Special Upgrade rate) and availability is not guaranteed.

Is the upgrade transferable to another passenger on a different PNR?
The upgrade offer is only valid for your booking reference. If they have not received the offer separately, they will not be able to upgrade at this rate.

Can I just upgrade myself and not others on my booking?
SUOs are not transferable and all passengers on your PNR (booking) must purchase the upgrade to take advantage of the offer.

Will I earn Qmiles or Qpoints by accepting the SUO?
Points earned are based on the original booking class, not the upgraded class. You will earn credit for your original booking only.

Will I earn the miles of the upgraded class in other FF programs when I accept the SUO?
No. Miles earned will reflect your original class of booking.

If I upgrade from Y to J, can I further upgrade my flight from J to F using Qmiles or Qcredits?
No. SUOs offer cannot be combined with any other upgrade options.

If I change my flight or travel date, can I still get the upgrade? Can I cancel my flight and get a refund?
SUOs cannot be refunded or changed. You may rebook your flight, but you will not be rebooked into the upgraded cabin.

Will I get lounge access by accepting an SUO?
Yes. Passengers accepting the SUO will be entitled to lounge access if upgrading to at least J class.

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Amending your Booking – Call or go online

You can call QR at any time to ask for the cash price to upgrade to the next cabin. This will involve a “reprice” of your fare, and the agent will provide you with the cash difference between cabins, enabling you to upgrade.

On occasion, if you have received an SUO it may be cheaper to make use of this option. It is always worth calling to see what the cost of repricing the fare is in comparison with the SUO, but remember to manage expectations and that it is not a competition to barter them down to a lower price.

There have been reports recently (February 2017) that QR are either unable or unwilling to price this type of change on upgrades from J to F where a connection is involved and both flights do not have an F cabin (For example, an itinerary in J from OSL – DOH – BKK where the OSL leg is on the 787 that does not have an F cabin, but you wish to upgrade to F on the DOH – BKK A380 leg). If you do have success in upgrading this type of itinerary, please report back and/or update the wiki.

Depending on your routing, it is occasionally possible to upgrade your booking online through the “Manage my booking” area of the QR site. Log in to your booking, do a dummy run to amend the date for the leg you would like to upgrade, and you will be shown a cash price to either amend your ticket within the same cabin (e.g. add flexibility) or, subject to availability, upgrade to the next cabin. Given QR’s website is having trouble showing F fare availability on itineraries where not all legs have an F cabin, this may or may not work.

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Airport Upgrades (AUPs)

Airport upgrades are only available on the day of travel from the airport. You cannot call QR to ask for them, or arrange them in advance. AUPs are subject to availability, and the willingness of the agent you are interacting with to sell you one.

Historically, you cannot upgrade from J to F on the LHR – DOH route. However, in recent times there are reports of AUP offers enabling you to pay cash for this upgrade. As msm2000uk says – “The promotional upgrade fare is not always available nor offered, but it does exist”

There are a number of places to apply for an AUP:

Checking in at Doha: Approach the Customer Service Desk located close to rows 4 & 5 and request for an upgrade.
In transit at Doha: Approach the Customer Service Desks located at Concourse A, B and C. Alternatively, approach the agents at the Al Mourjan lounge or Al Safwa lounge, Privilege Club First Class lounge ( for Platinum members) and Business Class lounge (for Gold and Silver members).
Checking in at other airports*: Approach any Qatar Airways staff at the airport and request for an upgrade.

The following airports are able to process AUPs (February 2017):
Abha, Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Alexandria, Amman, Amritsar, Amsterdam, Ankara, Arlanda, Asmara, Ataturk, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basra, Beijing, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Chicago O'Hare International, Chennai, Chongqing, Clark, Copenhagen, Dallas Fort Worth, Dammam, Dar Es Salam, Djibouti, Doha, Dubai - Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Dubai (DXB), Edinburgh, Entebbe, Erbil, Faisalabad, Frankfurt , Gassim, Geneva, Goa, Guangzhou, Haneda, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hofuf, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luxor, Madrid, Manchester, Manila, Male, Maputo, Melbourne, Mashhad, Miami, Milan, Multan, Mumbai, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, Najaf, New York, Osaka, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Peshawar, Philadelphia, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Ras Al Khaimah, Rome, Sabiha Gokcen, Sialkot, Salalah, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sharjah, Shiraz, Sofia, South Africa, Sulaymaniyah, Sydney, Tehran, Tbilisi, Thiruvananthapuram, Tokyo Narita Airport, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Washington, Yangon, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zanzibar and Zurich

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Ok, good to go! Have at it!

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Old Feb 16, 17, 7:39 am
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I received 3 SUOs. Im not sure if it depends on the original booking class. All my tickets were booked on O class

DOH-BOM Y-J QR 0556 March 01, 2017 INR 13390 (Approx 188 EUR). Original booking class O. I received the offer on: Feb 14, 2017

BOM-DOH Y-J QR 0557 January 13, 2017 INR 16464 (230 EUR) Original booking class O. I received the offer on: 29 Dec 2016

DOH-MAD Y-J QR 0149 January 13, 2017 INR 35717 (500 EUR) Original booking class O. I received the offer on: 29 Dec 2016
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Originally Posted by Jgp777 View Post
I received 3 SUOs. Im not sure if it depends on the original booking class. All my tickets were booked on O class

DOH-BOM Y-J QR 0556 March 01, 2017 INR 13390 (Approx 188 EUR). Original booking class O. I received the offer on: Feb 14, 2017

BOM-DOH Y-J QR 0557 January 13, 2017 INR 16464 (230 EUR) Original booking class O. I received the offer on: 29 Dec 2016

DOH-MAD Y-J QR 0149 January 13, 2017 INR 35717 (500 EUR) Original booking class O. I received the offer on: 29 Dec 2016
Thank you for being the first to share! I've updated the wiki on your behalf and it would be a good idea to keep track of booking class, so thank you for sharing that too.
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any experience on CAN-DOH, I am in J and the F cabin is totally empty now according to expert flyer. If the price is right I would happily try Qatar F and the Al Safwa lounge during my transit, flight is in 4 weeks
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pvgman CAI-DOH in F does not give access to Al SAfwa but DOH-CAI does.
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Old Feb 17, 17, 9:32 am
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pvgman CAI-DOH in F does not give access to Al SAfwa but DOH-CAI does.
CAN...not CAI.

CAN obviously does provide Al Safwa access (upto and including 28th March 2017).


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Sorry!
I am not used to my new glasses yet!
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QR756 ATL-DOH Y-J USD 750 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight

QR844 DOH-KUL Y-J USD 440 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight
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Originally Posted by maal99 View Post
QR756 ATL-DOH Y-J USD 750 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight

QR844 DOH-KUL Y-J USD 440 Booking Class O - Offer received 15 days before 03/05/17 flight
Thank you for sharing
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I've got an upcoming CDG-DOH flight (QR40, A388). Does anyone know if it'll be possible to upgrade this leg from J to F and if yes what the cost would be? My J-ticket is in R class though.
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