THY Now Offering Paid Discounted Airport Upgrades

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Seems to be offered from outstations only. Examples:


TLL-IST: Y->C: EUR 150 (Dec.2017)
HEL-IST: Y->C: EUR 150 (2017)
MAN-IST: Y->C: USD 250 [173 GBP] (2016)
RIX-IST: Y->C: EUR 200 (2016)
TBS-SAW: Y->C: EUR 150 (2018)

TPE-IST: Y->C: USD 850 [TWD 29k] (2016)
DEL-IST: Y->C: USD 300 (2015)
DEL-IST: Y->C: USD 425 (2017)
BOM-IST: Y->C: USD 300 (2014)
BOM-IST: Y->C: USD 400 (2016)

ICN-IST: Y->Y+:EUR 250 (2015)
ICN-IST: Y->Y+:KRW 55k [about USD 500] (late 2016)
HAN-IST: Y->: USD 500 (2018)
HKG-IST: Y->C: EUR 750 (2018)
HKG-IST: Y->C: EUR 750 (March 2016)
HKG-IST: Y->C: EUR 750 (2015)
HKG-IST: Y->Y+:EUR 400 (2014)
HKG-IST: Y->C: EUR 800 (2014)
KUL-IST: Y->C: USD 520 [MYR 2k] (2018)
MNL-IST: Y->: USD 500 (2018)
NRT-IST: Y->C: USD 570 [JPY 60k] (June 2016)
NRT-IST: Y->C: USD 300 (2014)
SGN-IST: Y->: USD 500 (2018)

IAD-IST: Y->C: USD 500 (2015)
JFK-IST: Y->C: USD 1000 (2015)
JFK-IST: Y->C: USD 500 (2016)
ORD-IST: Y->C: USD 999 (2015 and 2018)
IAH-IST: Y->C: USD 999 (2015)
IAH-IST: Y->C: USD 750 (2014)
IAH-IST: Y->Y+:USD 300 (2014)
IAH-IST: Y->C: USD 999 (2017)
LAX-IST: Y->C: USD 999 (2016)
LAX-IST: Y->Y+:USD 350 (2015)
LAX-IST: Y->Y+:USD 300 (2014)
SFO-IST: Y->C: USD 1299 (2015)
SFO-IST: Y->C: 699 to 999 based on the C-class load (2017)
YYZ-IST: Y->Y+: CAD 361 (2016)
GRU-IST: Y->C: USD 749 (2017)
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Old May 25, 14, 4:57 pm
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THY Now Offering Paid Discounted Airport Upgrades

THY has for the past week been offering paid upgrades from any Y fare to J on the BOM to IST route for a bargain $300. I upgraded today from a highly discounted P fare and even got a front row 'first class' cabin on their Jet Airways 777. Quite understandably, no business class mileage credit is applied. Is anyone aware of similar practices being adopted on other routes?
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Old May 26, 14, 1:12 am
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Originally Posted by johnirvine View Post
THY has for the past week been offering paid upgrades from any Y fare to J on the BOM to IST route for a bargain $300. I upgraded today from a highly discounted P fare and even got a front row 'first class' cabin on their Jet Airways 777. Quite understandably, no business class mileage credit is applied. Is anyone aware of similar practices being adopted on other routes?
I only heard of some discounted CC upgrades from certain destinations.

300$ from P class is definitely a steal
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Old May 26, 14, 2:43 am
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Was "Y" overbooked?

LH once offered my C > F BKK to FRA for $600. I declined and got an op up at the gate.

When airlines that usually don't sell airport upgrades offer them at cheap rates, it is an indication for an overbooked flight.

$300 is a very good deal especially for the seat you got
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Old May 26, 14, 9:24 am
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Y was only 80% full and business 50%. The BOM TK staff informed me that they got permission from Istanbul to offer the $300 upgrades on all flights where business seats are available.
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Old May 26, 14, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by johnirvine View Post
Y was only 80% full and business 50%. The BOM TK staff informed me that they got permission from Istanbul to offer the $300 upgrades on all flights where business seats are available.
Dd they offer it to people who aren't Elite+ ?
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Old May 27, 14, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by sliiide View Post
Dd they offer it to people who aren't Elite+ ?
There were printed notices at all check-in desks and all economy passengers were eligible. Only a few people took up the offer. The gate agent informed me that only E+ passengers were being allowed that day into rows 1-2 (the first class cabins) which were around 40% full.
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Old May 27, 14, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by johnirvine View Post
There were printed notices at all check-in desks and all economy passengers were eligible. Only a few people took up the offer. The gate agent informed me that only E+ passengers were being allowed that day into rows 1-2 (the first class cabins) which were around 40% full.
Sometimes but only sometimes E+ has its benefits
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Old May 28, 14, 9:00 am
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Maybe, but not always

I just flew SKG-IST-JFK yesterday, and asked about a paid upgrade in SKG and IST, and was rejected both times.

In fairness, the handling at SKG is handled by Goldair, so they're probably not empowered to sell upgrades for $.

However, when I inquired about the upgrade in the massive TK lounge in IST (while in transit), the two supervisors both quickly said no. When I tried pushing a little bit, they told me to go speak to the ticket counter out in the departures hall. When I asked them to call the ticket counter on my behalf, so as to save me the cost and trouble of getting a Turkish eVisa (so as to enter Turkey and go landslide), they both shrugged and said no.

FWIW, there were 3x empty seats in C/J on the my flight from IST-JFK last night, so it was not an issue of capacity control.
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Old May 28, 14, 9:56 am
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I would never count on paid upgrades at airports, especially any flights to/from North America. In fact, even J (upgrades using miles and E+ vouchers) is hard to come by, much less awards and last minute cheap upsells.

Odds for upgrades are much higher IST-KUL and IST-BKK where options are plentiful. Again, J fares to those cities are a lot cheaper to begin with.
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Old Jun 19, 14, 12:22 am
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back in March at LAX. they were offering upgrades to CC for 300$. but 2 weeks later that wasn't an option. I don't have much more info than that. but it is a good deal even if its just for CC.

a few weeks later my parents couldn't get the same offer.

on my flight on June 7th out of LAX. i couldn't get any kind of upgrades miles or cash, nothing was available. i overheard TK employee mention there was only 2 empty seats on the whole flight.
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Old Jun 19, 14, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by fadynaime View Post
back in March at LAX. they were offering upgrades to CC for 300$. but 2 weeks later that wasn't an option. I don't have much more info than that. but it is a good deal even if its just for CC.

a few weeks later my parents couldn't get the same offer.

on my flight on June 7th out of LAX. i couldn't get any kind of upgrades miles or cash, nothing was available. i overheard TK employee mention there was only 2 empty seats on the whole flight.
Check-in counter opens at 2:45 pm, last time I was there there were already multiple folks trying to get upgrades to CC, go to the ticket sale counter on the right, instead of regular check-in lines.

At this point, I'd just try to book LAX flight on CC as soon as possible once you know the dates, it's becoming more and more difficult to upgrade. Perhaps they should launch second daily flight, red eye, leaving IST 1-2 am and arriving LAX 5-6 in the morning would be ideal.
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Old Jun 19, 14, 4:47 am
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HKG to IST - seen paid upgrade from Y to CC for EUR 400 and Y to C for Eur 800.
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Old Jun 26, 14, 9:09 am
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Yeah I was offered Y-CC on the IAH-IST route for $300 also. Interestingly, on the way back IST-IAH there was not an offer even when I inquired.
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Old Jul 1, 14, 3:50 am
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I wouldn't mind paying that to be upgraded from Y(H) to C this Friday from SIN to IST
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Old Jul 8, 14, 4:46 am
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Originally Posted by johnirvine View Post
THY has for the past week been offering paid upgrades from any Y fare to J on the BOM to IST route for a bargain $300. I upgraded today from a highly discounted P fare and even got a front row 'first class' cabin on their Jet Airways 777. Quite understandably, no business class mileage credit is applied. Is anyone aware of similar practices being adopted on other routes?
Anyone know if this is being offered on the IST to BOM route also? Also - who should I inquire with - the check-in staff? A $300 upgrade to J would really be awesome for my overnight flight tonight!
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