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What's the longest first class upgrade standby list / waitlist that you've ever seen?

What's the longest first class upgrade standby list / waitlist that you've ever seen?

Old Jan 30, 17, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by munster182 View Post
ORD-LAX last Wednesday 120 ppl, I was #14 as a platinum using an RPU.
I thought seeing 48 on the list was bad!!
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Old Jan 30, 17, 2:48 am
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Largest I can remember that wasn't hub to hub...

Had 61 on the UG list ORD-CLE last week on a B737.

As a Gold with an RPU that had been waitlisted since October- I was 1st on the list of with 4 seats from T-48 down to T-2 when I got shifted down to 2nd on the list and 3 others cleared. I can only guess some GSes SDCed?

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Old Jan 30, 17, 10:26 am
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complete outlier here. This one made absolutely no sense whatsoever. 86 on the upgrade list MSP-ORD on a Wednesday 3pm flight. This was on a 738. Two GS on the flight, (me and another guy) Group 1 was a mile long. We both commented that we had never seen it like that on a Wednesday. Sure a Friday or Thursday, but a midweek middle of the day flight.
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Old Jan 30, 17, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by Wooglin View Post
Largest I can remember that wasn't hub to hub...

Had 61 on the UG list ORD-CLE last week on a B737.

As a Gold with an RPU that had been waitlisted since October- I was 1st on the list of with 4 seats from T-48 down to T-2 when I got shifted down to 2nd on the list and 3 others cleared. I can only guess some GSed SDCed?
What were you looking at T-48?

The displayed gate list only shows those that have checked in (or for CPU flights, also those cleared). A late check-in would have create the same effect. As would a late purchase.
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Old Jan 30, 17, 10:30 am
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EWR-IAH 6am Monday morning flight had about 70 people on the list on an A319. No upgrades though as F was booked full!
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Old Jan 30, 17, 11:03 am
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72 on SFO-DEN at 12:55 p.m. on a Monday, 1/23. It was a 777 with lie-flat seats.

We were on Global First Saver awards and ended up sitting in Coach because this segment never cleared. The agent at the Global First Lounge said there were a lot of Saver First passengers on the First Standby list, which is supposed to be cleared ahead of the upgraders. I didn't see any Saver First awards on any flight on 1/23, even though I checked weekly from November onward.
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Old Jan 31, 17, 2:36 am
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ORD-SFO
777 new configuration
84 on the upgrade list and I was not on the list, even though checked in and on a revenue fare.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 7:17 am
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What's the highest upgrade waitlist # you've been and seen?

ORD - LAX last Tues 772

Was 17 on list didnt clear
Seen 73 total #
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Old Feb 7, 17, 8:00 am
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Todays 7pm from ORD-SFO is already 75. I would expect it to hit 100 by boarding.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 12:33 pm
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I have often seen SJC-DEN at 70 people on a Thursday on an A319/320(50% of all pax)..

The longest standby list I have seen was 250+ people for ORD-DEN on a sold out 2 cabin 777 in 2009, it was middle of July after thunder storms. Don't even remember what they were offering for VDBs.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 12:56 pm
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I had 123 on a DEN-EWR 777 a few weeks ago. I was on a V fare as a 1K and was #19 when the door closed (admittedly I had SDC'ed to this flight during the day to get home earlier, so I was just happy to snag E+ as we went out full). At least 10-12 names at the bottom were NRSA and I noticed lots of commuting crewmembers.

10-11 pax appeared on the cleared list out of 28 seats in the cabin. DEN is usually a cheap P fare.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 4:55 pm
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01/23- UA 550, 737-900, the gate agent announced that there were 127 passengers in group 1 and 2 and I remember there were ~110 passengers on upgrade list.

I was #27 on this list on an S fare (1k)
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Old Feb 7, 17, 5:13 pm
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Originally Posted by LASUA1K View Post
Todays 7pm from ORD-SFO is already 75. I would expect it to hit 100 by boarding.
Currently 89.

SMI/J is 85
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Old Feb 7, 17, 5:26 pm
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Best I've seen was ~150 people on the upgrade list. It was SFO->HNL on the Saturday morning of President's Day weekend this year. First class on the Hawaii-configured 777 was full but Economy was less than half full until over 100 non-revs were cleared from the standby list. Since they were all on the upgrade list as well, it was pretty massive.
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Old Feb 17, 17, 6:38 am
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137 on UA 408 this morning between SFO and IAD. Plane swapped for the new lay flat Hawaii config. I am 14 on the list as a 1k.

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