Ideal MC>F Upgrade Process?

Old Dec 12, 16, 12:10 pm
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Ideal MC>F Upgrade Process?

Hi Everyone,

I'm VX Gold and traveling later this week. What's the ideal process to get the cheapest upgrade to F from MC?

Is my understanding correct it's better to process the comp MCS upgrade first @ T-24 and then immediately process a second paid upgrade from MCS>F versus going straight from MC>F?

Ideally I'd perform everything at T-24. Thanks!
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Old Dec 12, 16, 1:04 pm
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Gold upgrades can be purchased 12 hours in advance. You can try for the MCS upgrade 24 hours in advance and then have to wait to see if anything is available in F later.
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Old Dec 12, 16, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by sfozrhfco View Post
Gold upgrades can be purchased 12 hours in advance. You can try for the MCS upgrade 24 hours in advance and then have to wait to see if anything is available in F later.
That's not right. Upgrades to F can be purchased 24 hours in advance if you're Gold, as the OP is (12 hours in advance if you're Silver).

The ideal process, which works for me every time (but maybe only 75% of the time if I'm flying SFO-DCA) is to buy MC, checking the box at the time for a comp upgrade to MCS; check in at T-24, at which time the comp to MCS should have gone through (automatically); and then you will see the option to upgrade to first, which should reflect the price of an upgrade from MCS to F (not the higher price of MC-->F).

If you're seeing the higher upgrade price, and/or the option to pay for an upgrade from MC-->MCS, then call the Gold line and ask them to process your comp upgrade to MCS and then charge you for MCS-->F.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 7:04 am
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To add on to what shza said...From my experience if there are 3+ F seats you'll likely have no trouble upgrading from M -> MCS -> F at T-24. If there are only 1 or 2, you have to weigh the options...which if you have the VX credit card one option is to cancel your M ticket, buy and MCS and be ready to upgrade to F at the stroke of T-24.
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Old Dec 17, 16, 4:33 pm
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Thanks everyone. Was able to secure F @ T-24.

Had them do M>MCS and then paid upgrade to F. Now I just need my flight to no longer be delayed, ha!
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