Upgrade to business on Star Alliance award ticket?

Old May 26, 19, 5:48 am
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Upgrade to business on Star Alliance award ticket?

I have a flight from ZHR to EWR-LX18 Swiss 340 Airbus coming up. This is an award ticket booked on United. Anyone know if they allow paid business upgrades at gate if seats are available? I have done this with Lufthansa from MUC to EWR for a fee of about 800 euros.
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Old May 30, 19, 10:35 pm
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I've been researching this myself recently. Mixed data points, but the master thread is here: Longhaul Cash Upgrade offer at the airport on Swiss

Two recent data points which indicate it's possible:
https://runningwithmiles.boardingare...usiness-class/
https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea....port-upgrades/
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Old May 31, 19, 6:43 am
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Gate/check-in upgrades are possible depending on a myriad of factors. It's just not something you can count on. Just ask!
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Old Jun 12, 19, 8:26 am
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My experience on ORD-ZRH was that there were no seats available for Y-C award upgrade when the flight was F2J2 (they told me J was overbooked by at least 5). However, as I stood at the counter a party of three in J cancelled, sending the flight to F5J5 and opening one upgrade space, which I took my 016-plated X class ticket. Pricing is $1150 on this route when not oversold. It was a more manual process than expected -- agent had to call and wait on hold to read someone my card number.

​​The rule of thumb for discounting in oversell situations is apparently 5, as they said C-F is usually $2k on the route but they were offering it for $1k due to the oversell. I asked and they said you're not allowed to skip forward two cabins in one go.
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