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MacMyDay Jun 2, 19 1:11 am

https://www.swiss.com/ch/en/book/swi...pgrade-bargain it mentions

A fixed bid is possible for flights from and to Japan.
I cannot seem to find a data point for what to expect from J to F and whether it's just going to be the difference between the original tickets or a "realistic" figure. Does anyone have any experience? We are flying to NRT on the 19th June

Vixit Jun 3, 19 3:26 am


Originally Posted by Dlougach (Post 30575083)
Judging from my experience with this (3 years ago) your ticket will be reissued in P class and you will earn award/status miles corresponding to P class.

Reading the Bid Upgrade FAQ page on Swiss website this morning, it says that Award miles will be credited to the higher booking class, but Status miles will not. This makes it less interesting to me.

I believe that on Lufthansa both categories of miles are adjusted upwards.

ced_lx Jun 3, 19 6:53 am


Originally Posted by MacMyDay (Post 31161886)
https://www.swiss.com/ch/en/book/swi...pgrade-bargain it mentions


I cannot seem to find a data point for what to expect from J to F and whether it's just going to be the difference between the original tickets or a "realistic" figure. Does anyone have any experience? We are flying to NRT on the 19th June

Last time I flew in 2018, the bid upgrade would not let me select a price, it was a set amount (I forget the amount) so I think that's what they mean. If a fixed bid is possible you would see it on your profile booking. This was J to F in my case. I forget the actual amount but it wasn't to far off the actual fare difference. something like 2900 CAD.

MacMyDay Jun 3, 19 11:34 pm


Originally Posted by ced_lx (Post 31165470)
Last time I flew in 2018, the bid upgrade would not let me select a price, it was a set amount (I forget the amount) so I think that's what they mean. If a fixed bid is possible you would see it on your profile booking. This was J to F in my case. I forget the actual amount but it wasn't to far off the actual fare difference. something like 2900 CAD.

Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for and suspected.

testycal Jun 9, 19 12:47 pm

Purchased economy ticket TLV Tokyo El Al codeshare to Zur then Swiss to Tokyo. Online upgrade price shown as $900 USD each way Zur to Tokyo in addition to ticket price paid $647 USD return so grand total around 2447. New ticket same day shows $2000 business class ticket for Tlv to Tokyo. Post purchase upgrade more expensive or is there another way to navigate a paid upgrade? Tickets purchased 2 weeks ago but I do not recall what business class price was at that time.

ermis177 Jun 9, 19 4:43 pm

Many airlines ( including LH group) do not offer attractive upgrades. Only Y to PE is usually good value. Most of the others are mostly more expensive than buying a C return ticket. Recently i was quoted about 2.000£ to upgrade from PE to C with Air Canada!

phoxay Jul 17, 19 9:54 pm

I'm not sure how much I should put in the bid, I added a minimum like 440 CHF for Narita to Zurich long haul flight.
how likely it will be confirmed to get a upgrade from T class to P class?
I guess T class is eco flex?

Nick Art Jul 19, 19 4:06 am

I wasn't aware you could bid as low as 440 CHF, I alwawys thought the minimum was around 800 CHF.
But Booking class doesn't tell you if you're flex or not, most booking classes have the sub option of light, classic and flex, with the higher ones only offering classic or only flex. T is at the very low end of the booking classes anyway so with a bid of 440 CHF on a premium heavy route like NRT I don't see many chances.
It would help if you could include the actual number you bid and date of the flight.

bennyg2 Jul 24, 19 1:29 pm

I was just quoted $2,400 CAD per person at the gate by a Swiss Agent to go from C to F.

We’ll see what they say on the plane.

YUL to ZRH

testycal Aug 6, 19 8:54 am

When playing the bid game as swiss holds all the cards ie you commit to their price and wait and can be rejected or accepted based on its terms...any point in waiting to place a bid until close to departure? If flight will fill closer to departure there seems to be little point to committing to purchase IF accepted. Thoughts?

matador82 Sep 5, 19 2:43 pm


Originally Posted by testycal (Post 31385379)
When playing the bid game as swiss holds all the cards ie you commit to their price and wait and can be rejected or accepted based on its terms...any point in waiting to place a bid until close to departure? If flight will fill closer to departure there seems to be little point to committing to purchase IF accepted. Thoughts?

Has anyone upgraded during check-in? Are the prices usually similar to the bidding prices?

Will be flying from LAX - ZRH and we are interested on upgrading but not sure if prices will drop as the date gets closer

Concerto Sep 5, 19 2:47 pm

I used to be offered an upgrade during the booking process for European flights. But that has not been offered for one single flight research I have made, SWISS Choice has a number of other things but no more an upgrade offer. So what has happened to those upgrades? I would have thought that now would be the time to be pushing them, now that business class is so devalued and pointless (you get barely any miles, the catering is awful, the seat....).

I'm not saying I would have booked one of them, I was just looking out of curiosity! Sample routes have been GVA-NCE and ZRH-DUS.

Vixit Sep 5, 19 3:56 pm


Originally Posted by Concerto (Post 31494740)
I used to be offered an upgrade during the booking process for European flights. But that has not been offered for one single flight research I have made, SWISS Choice has a number of other things but no more an upgrade offer. So what has happened to those upgrades? I would have thought that now would be the time to be pushing them, now that business class is so devalued and pointless (you get barely any miles, the catering is awful, the seat....).

I'm not saying I would have booked one of them, I was just looking out of curiosity! Sample routes have been GVA-NCE and ZRH-DUS.

I was just lurking the other day and the website suggested upgrades at EUR 73 per direction on BRU-ZRH-ARN and back.

Concerto Sep 6, 19 1:31 am

Glad to hear that this possibility still exists! It must be on very select routes, maybe targeting certain markets such as Scandinavia or Belgium. The price is good too, despite the heavily degraded product.

ravisurdhar Oct 12, 19 9:40 am

Curious if anyone has any data on recent successful bids from economy to biz from ZRH to US West Coast (specifically SFO)? Would I expect this to be in the ~$400 range or the ~$800+ range?

Also, I thought I saw an earlier post stating that if you paid for advance seat selection in Y, then bid for J and won, the cost of your seat selection would be refunded. However, that seems to no longer be the case:

Originally Posted by https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/book/conditions/swiss-upgrade-bargain-conditions
14. If you paid for your seat reservation (Advance Seat Reservation) for an originally purchased SWISS flight according to Article 5.4.1 of the Conditions of Carriage and your Offer was accepted, the amount paid for the seat reservation will not be refunded.



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