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Upgrade at the airport / counter upgrades

Upgrade at the airport / counter upgrades

Old Dec 13, 20, 11:30 pm
Join Date: Jun 2020
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Originally Posted by jchock1 View Post
Just a few points of reference regarding TAP upgrades.

For a recent flight LIS-MIA, I received an email with a chance to upgrade to business class for a minimum bid of 475. (Plusgrade) Passed.

Then tried the seatboost auction route 24hours before the flight, where the minimum bid was 400. Did not participate in the auction.

Upon arriving at the gate they were actively selling upgrades over the PA system, for 565. I asked if that price was regardless of the initial fare paid and they said yes, it was a flat fee. Passed.

I asked how full economy was and the gate agent said there were more than 90 empty seats, and the last time I looked at the seating chart 2 hours before departure the entire row in front of us was vacant, so we each ended up with a row of 4 seats to ourselves, as did many others on the flight.

I'd previously upgraded twice in the last few months on much more full flights from the US to portugal, from the most expensive economy fare, for $224.
Yeah, I completely agree. Upgrading for $600 is not worth it, when planes are flying with lots of empty seats and TAP is selling North America-Europe and vice versa one way tickets for $100.
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