Automatic Upgrade Request Inhibitor

Old Sep 5, 18, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
I was traveling to a company meeting, and as luck would have it, a colleague was on my same flight. I as a 1K scored the upgrade, she had zero status and sat in the back. Somehow she fit that into her presentation and resented me ever since. Privately she thought I should have given her my seat. I honestly didn't know what to say to her, but I was annoyed that she started her presentation with singling me out about the trip.
I travel with coworkers on occasion, but I travel solo three times as often. Sometimes I'll get a well humored jab when I stand in BG1 and they're somewhere lower. I cheerfully reply that I'd be more than happy to trade my status if I could have all the days of their life that I've spent trapped inside of an airliner. Commercial air travel is a grind, I have no issues with accepting a few perks from the airlines for enduring the grind more often than my coworkers.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Nihon_Ni View Post
I travel with coworkers on occasion, but I travel solo three times as often. Sometimes I'll get a well humored jab when I stand in BG1 and they're somewhere lower. I cheerfully reply that I'd be more than happy to trade my status if I could have all the days of their life that I've spent trapped inside of an airliner. Commercial air travel is a grind, I have no issues with accepting a few perks from the airlines for enduring the grind more often than my coworkers.
Her words: "My husband is a 1K and always gives me his seat when we travel together". My response was that I do the same for my wife, but you aren't her, I simply work with you. Nevertheless, she made my life a living hell as she had favoritism with our boss and I finally gave in and left the company.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Scifience View Post
I'm struggling to think of a scenario where the best Y seat would be preferable to an F seat.
Exit row Y might be preferable to someone who has allergies or phobias regarding being seated next to animals (incl. pets, ESA and service critters), children, people who cannot speak English, or those with disabilities.

Then there are those survivalist types who figure the best odds of surviving an air crash are in the back (Ever hear of a plane backing into a mountain?)
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Old Sep 5, 18, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Nihon_Ni View Post
Sometimes I'll get a well humored jab when I stand in BG1 and they're somewhere lower.
Unless travelling with a gaggle of co-workers (like 3 or more), you can always invite them to stand and board with you in BG1. It's often won me brownie points.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 1:18 pm
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This year, there were some of my co-workers on a domestic flight where I got upgraded. I gave them some of my drink coupons since there's no way that I'm using the 15 we got this year (10 for me + 5 for my wife). Made them happy.

Later this year, I have an international trip where I'm already upgraded. I'm flying a few days before and returning a few days later than my colleagues. So, there will be no embarrassing moment at the gate.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Her words: "My husband is a 1K and always gives me his seat when we travel together". My response was that I do the same for my wife, but you aren't her, I simply work with you. Nevertheless, she made my life a living hell as she had favoritism with our boss and I finally gave in and left the company.
In a similar situation, I said something along the lines of "What were you doing sitting back there? Let me know and I can drop by sometime and show you how upgrades work." Thing is, I happened to know that that person, who just has an assistant book travel and pays no attention to FF programs, seating or any of that, was sitting in the last row in a $1000 ticket purchased at the last minute, whereas I had paid $400 booking earlier.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Kannai View Post
Alternatively, just check in a couple hours before your flight instead of 24ish hours in advance. You'll fall lower on the upgrade list. Look at the number on the list and the number of available seats. Only when there's a real chance of being upgraded at the gate—or if you get an email a day (if you're silver) or more (if you're higher) in advance that you got upgraded, or, you look at the the F cabin a couple days before the flight and it's still wide open and you might get upgraded more than 24 hrs in advance, would you need to call.
not rcommended on popular route with full flights as you risk not getting a seat assignment or getting bumped if overbooked.
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Old Sep 5, 18, 8:42 pm
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Originally Posted by DWAGENT View Post
Hi fellow flyers--

I have what may seem like an unusual question, but hoping someone can help me anyway. I have managed to achieve premier status with Mileage Plus, and I enjoy most of the benefits, but there is one benefit which I do NOT want to use, but I can't figure out how to get rid of it. When I book I flight, I like to choose my own seat specifically...but with premier status, it seems like I am always automatically placed on the upgrade waiting list. I don't want that--I want the seat that I picked.

I've never actively asked for an upgrade or to be placed on an upgrade waiting list--it (the app) just tells me that I'm eligible and/so I'm automatically on the wait list. What I have done about this so far is to contact the Reservations desk and ask that I be taken OFF the upgrade wait list...and then they flip an "upgrade inhibitor" flag on my reservation.. But they said this is per reservation only, and cannot be done "permanently".

They told me that if I don't want to be placed on the upgrade waiting list, don't request it on the app during the check-in process...but I have combed the screens of the app (and the website), and there is no opt-in or -out section of the check-in process.

Is there anyone with more experience with this that can tell me what to do about this? Either tell me where in the app / site that I can opt-out, or who can I call or talk to to opt-out without calling reservations every single time.

Thanks in advance for any help!
I got upgraded once, was traveling with my 8 year old daughter. Now if I was near the front of the plane I'd stick her in first- she's done it before and been awesome.

But this would have put me too far back, and I couldn't get anyone to swap. So I just declined the seat.

Now I did this at the desk so they didn't automatically flop me someplace else. Taken care of at the airport was easy.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
I was traveling to a company meeting, and as luck would have it, a colleague was on my same flight. I as a 1K scored the upgrade, she had zero status and sat in the back. Somehow she fit that into her presentation and resented me ever since. Privately she thought I should have given her my seat. I honestly didn't know what to say to her, but I was annoyed that she started her presentation with singling me out about the trip.
Good lord, people need to get over themselves. I travel with my boss on occasion and for awhile he was GS so he was often upgraded. In my view, he travels enough that he deserves any break he can get to make his life easier. A couple of times he's had extra RPU/GPUs and attempted to upgrade me (a lowly Gold). It worked once and I was very grateful. Frankly, if he attempted to give me his upgrade on a flight we were on together I would decline unless there was some special circumstance. I don't blame you for being annoyed at her actions.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 8:58 am
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Yikes. That sounds like a symptom of a toxic work environment. Where I work she would have been shown the door for childish actions like that. Or more probably, we would have weeded her out in the hiring process. Hope you're happier with your new gig.

Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Her words: "My husband is a 1K and always gives me his seat when we travel together". My response was that I do the same for my wife, but you aren't her, I simply work with you. Nevertheless, she made my life a living hell as she had favoritism with our boss and I finally gave in and left the company.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by DWAGENT View Post

As for making a reservation without an MP number...that's an interesting alternative, I hadn't considered that, thanks. I do like most of the benefits, like the bonus points, and the free checked bag, and priority boarding, etc...I just didn't want the "automatic" upgrade / seat change benefit.
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You could always add the MP # when you check in at the airport - then you'll get priority boarding and free bag if desired. You wouldn't be able to select an E+ seat in advance, however (assuming your status would entitle you to do so). The odds of being upgraded at that point are particularly low (most will have cleared by T-24) and in the rare cases where First remains wide open you could speak to the gate agent and ask not to be upgraded.

Originally Posted by rmadisonwi View Post
I'm trying to figure out what economy seat is so special that someone insists on *it* over any seat in F.
I think there are narrow cases - one might be on a mostly empty flight where F is full but a Y seat might get an entire row to oneself. I've occasionally looked a bit wistfully at my open bulkhead aisle seat (7C/D on a 320) with unlimited legroom and no one in 7B/E as I climb over a pax from my assigned F upgrade in back-row window. Of course, I knock back a glass or two of free, half-decent wine and get over it.
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Old Sep 6, 18, 3:03 pm
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I'm not sure, but perhaps you could remove your MP# after you make your reservation. I'm not sure if that is an option on the website. If you can't then it won't help.
If you can, you can add your MP# back after checkin. I think you only get added to the list at checkin. Or just wait til after your trip.
You can still get the free checked bag and premier access by showing your your MP card.

Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Her words: "My husband is a 1K and always gives me his seat when we travel together". My response was that I do the same for my wife, but you aren't her, I simply work with you. Nevertheless, she made my life a living hell as she had favoritism with our boss and I finally gave in and left the company.
WOW. I typically travel solo. When travelling with a coworker, I usually do my best to extend as many benefits as I can, premier checkin, security, boarding, e+ seat. The only time I've gotten a CPU happened to be with my boss, but I did get him a e+ seat. I felt slightly bad and gave him 2 drink vouchers. Something came up during the trip and he had to fly back early so no e+. I gave him 4 more drink vouchers.

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Old Sep 18, 18, 6:33 am
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I might have an exit row aisle seat, and the system later switches me to a E+ seat middle--that I do NOT want!
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Old Sep 18, 18, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by DWAGENT View Post
Hi fellow flyers--

I have what may seem like an unusual question, but hoping someone can help me anyway. I have managed to achieve premier status with Mileage Plus, and I enjoy most of the benefits, but there is one benefit which I do NOT want to use, but I can't figure out how to get rid of it. When I book I flight, I like to choose my own seat specifically...but with premier status, it seems like I am always automatically placed on the upgrade waiting list. I don't want that--I want the seat that I picked.

I've never actively asked for an upgrade or to be placed on an upgrade waiting list--it (the app) just tells me that I'm eligible and/so I'm automatically on the wait list. What I have done about this so far is to contact the Reservations desk and ask that I be taken OFF the upgrade wait list...and then they flip an "upgrade inhibitor" flag on my reservation.. But they said this is per reservation only, and cannot be done "permanently".

They told me that if I don't want to be placed on the upgrade waiting list, don't request it on the app during the check-in process...but I have combed the screens of the app (and the website), and there is no opt-in or -out section of the check-in process.

Is there anyone with more experience with this that can tell me what to do about this? Either tell me where in the app / site that I can opt-out, or who can I call or talk to to opt-out without calling reservations every single time.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Probably a moot point anyway. It sounds like you have reached Silver status. The chances of getting an upgrade are VERY slim. If lightning does strike, and you do get the upgrade... then asking the new resident of your E+ seat to trade for F will be almost universally accepted.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 7:13 am
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I can understand why someone would turn down upgrades. I was working a job in Dc and regularly got upgraded. I has to turn in boarding passes and every time they saw a first class seat I my expense report got bounced because "the don't pay for first class." I had to explain, yet again even though I noted it on the ER, it was a free upgrade and happened automatically, ofteh as soon as I booked the ticket. A real pain for a very short flight I took weekly.
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