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Old Jan 31, 05, 2:02 am
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Op Up's

Just thought you all might like to know, my friends, that SIA gave me an "op up" last week from Asia to Australia (Y to C/J class).

Who says that it doesn't happen? (I was mightily surprised!).

Anyone else with a similar story to tell?

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Old Jan 31, 05, 7:15 am
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Nobody said it never happens. If you look a little harder there's a thread dedicated to op-ups. It just doesn't happen as routinely as for other airlines, that's all.
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Old Feb 1, 05, 7:35 pm
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Yup, as fimo has pointed out, it does happen, but it's definitely rare. I fly SQ relatively frequently and last year can only recall a couple of op-ups (coincidentally, one of them flying SIN-SYD, from C to F, so I felt extremely lucky! ).
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Old Feb 1, 05, 7:39 pm
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Never for me

But on the bright side I've never been downgraded either ^
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Old Feb 1, 05, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MovieMan
... and last year can only recall a couple of op-ups (coincidentally, one of them flying SIN-SYD, from C to F, so I felt extremely lucky! ).
Are you just trying to make us jealous?
A couple of op-ups is what we get in several years, if we are lucky enough.
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Old Feb 1, 05, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by StarG
Are you just trying to make us jealous?
A couple of op-ups is what we get in several years, if we are lucky enough.
Are you implying I am unlucky for zero op-ups in several years?
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Old Feb 1, 05, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by StarG
Are you just trying to make us jealous?
A couple of op-ups is what we get in several years, if we are lucky enough.
Are you trying to make ME jealous?

A couple of op-ups in several years. I've had 1 (Satu, Uno, Une, Uma, One) op up in my whole SQ "career".

Ok, not quite Kiwi Flyer luck - but I think I'm still dragging the flyertalk SQ board op up average down here a long way....

Oh, did i mention 1 ?
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Old Feb 1, 05, 8:28 pm
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Thanks shortfinals - that makes me feel a little better
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Old Feb 1, 05, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by StarG
Are you just trying to make us jealous?
A couple of op-ups is what we get in several years, if we are lucky enough.
Mhmm, I didn't realize that SQ op-ups were actually that rare.

Out of maybe 40 flights on SQ last year, I was op-upped twice, as I recall: one BKK-SIN, in March, and as mentioned the SIN-SYD one in July.

However, they did seem to happen with a little more frequency previously--I think there were more than a couple the year before (only on the SIN-BKK-SIN route).
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Op-up = class upgrade? How do you ask for an upgrade? I've heard that you need to be presentable and polite at the check-in counter. Well, I've tried that a couple of times but haven't been successful. Or did you guys automatically get the upgrade from the airline?

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Old Feb 2, 05, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer
Thanks shortfinals - that makes me feel a little better
Anytime! Glad to be of service


Originally Posted by Loony
Op-up = class upgrade? How do you ask for an upgrade? I've heard that you need to be presentable and polite at the check-in counter. Well, I've tried that a couple of times but haven't been successful. Or did you guys automatically get the upgrade from the airline?
On SQ, you don't ask. Being polite and presentable helps - but SQ do a pretty good job at going through the list for status so that if there's an op-up required and you're sufficiently high up the food chain, you'll get it without asking.

A school of thought - especially on the BA forum advocates that a request for an op-up is a surefire way NOT to get one.
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Originally Posted by Loony
Op-up = class upgrade? How do you ask for an upgrade? I've heard that you need to be presentable and polite at the check-in counter. Well, I've tried that a couple of times but haven't been successful. Or did you guys automatically get the upgrade from the airline?

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Op-up = Operational Upgrade = free upgrade = quite rare on SQ, as you might have gathered from this thread.

Op-ups can occur if the class you are booked in is oversold, and the airline will normally upgrade one or more pax to the next class of service in order of elite status and (I believe) fare paid.

Being presentable and polite can definitely help, but asking for it, at least on SQ, appears to be a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by Loony
I've heard that you need to be presentable and polite at the check-in counter. Well, I've tried that a couple of times but haven't been successful.
Maybe they remembered you from all the other times, Loony.
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Hmmm.....From what's posted SIN-Australia Op-Ups seem to be the most 'common'; if I can even use that word.

SIN-SYD has been my ONLY op-up in years of flying SQ.
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Old Feb 2, 05, 4:11 am
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I've never received an OpUp from SQ.
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