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Virgin Atlantic: Any Luck With Bid for Upgrade PE to Upper?

Old Mar 29, 18, 9:47 am
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Virgin Atlantic: Any Luck With Bid for Upgrade PE to Upper?

Last week I had to book a fairly last minute flight JFK/LHR/JFK. Upper return would have been in excess of $7000 so I opterd for PE. I usually fly Business Class so am not too excited about this.

I was thinking about upgrading the LHR-JFK flight and took a look at the Bid for Upgrade option. Right now suggested bids are $800 Fair; $1000 Good; $1480 Excellent. Seems steep but it is Marathon weekend in London.

Has anyone tried and had luck bidding or am I better off trying to secure a paid upgrade at the airport?

I should mention that I took about a 10 year break from Virgin after a truly horrific flight in UC (food poisoning on the flight out; extensive delays on the return) so I have no status or miles. I like to think of this as my starting over flight with Virgin.
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Old Sep 16, 18, 1:55 pm
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I was offered to purchase an upgrade from Premium to Upper Class last night JFK-LHR when I checked my bag with the agent; the price was $1150. I didn't bite. As a DL Platinum member, I already had Clubhouse and Revivals access, so the cost of the upgrade for a flat-bed seat for the short leg wasn't worth it to me.

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Old Sep 16, 18, 3:37 pm
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If you don't win on the bid system that does not preclude you from a cash upgrade at the airport though there is no guarantee that they would be offering upgrades on the day.
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Old Sep 17, 18, 3:56 am
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Check in upgrades for JFK/LHR are usually in the region of £6-800 if available.

If it were me, i'd wait and then try and get a check in one.
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Old Sep 30, 18, 7:29 am
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Anyone have an idea of what LHR-LAX PE->UC day of departure upgrades fees are? Thanks in advance!
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Old Sep 30, 18, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ab_initio View Post
Anyone have an idea of what LHR-LAX PE->UC day of departure upgrades fees are? Thanks in advance!
800-1000 GBP

this route is often sold out in UC so donít count on it though
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Old Sep 30, 18, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by VX N281VA View Post


800-1000 GBP

this route is often sold out in UC so donít count on it though
Thanks! 4 seats left for sale and the flight leaves in 14 hrs so here's to a bit of hope =)
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Old Oct 1, 18, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ab_initio View Post
Thanks! 4 seats left for sale and the flight leaves in 14 hrs so here's to a bit of hope =)

Any luck?
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Old Oct 1, 18, 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by VX N281VA View Post
Any luck?
Yes, was quoted 1149 GBP then for some odd reason it went down to 849 GBP when she found out I was ticketed through Delta...can't figure that one out unless it's like a 300 GBP change fee or something. At 1149 I was noncommittal but at 849 it worked out great.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by ab_initio View Post
Yes, was quoted 1149 GBP then for some odd reason it went down to 849 GBP when she found out I was ticketed through Delta...can't figure that one out unless it's like a 300 GBP change fee or something. At 1149 I was noncommittal but at 849 it worked out great.
That's odd -- glad it worked out in your favor.
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Old Oct 10, 18, 7:08 pm
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If I booked SFO/LAX-LHR-JNB in PE could I get upgrade offer for both legs at check-in?
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Old Oct 16, 18, 4:16 am
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Originally Posted by escapefromphl View Post
If I booked SFO/LAX-LHR-JNB in PE could I get upgrade offer for both legs at check-in?
No, You can only upgrade for the segment you are flying. Anything more than that, likely requires proper re-ticketing. Upgrading these complex itineraries is usually not so simple, but ask at Check-in and they will give you the options.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 4:38 pm
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I booked PE and so if I either do a bid upgrade to Upper Class or buy the upgrade at check-in (SEA>LHR), what do they send to DL in terms of fare class? I am DL Diamond and already earning 30% MQD / 150% MQM so mostly just curious. I doubt it would be J and since I'm on K (PE) fare, it earns the same MQM as all non-J business fares. I don't need the extra 10% MQD but would be open to 200% MQM!
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Old Oct 22, 18, 4:08 am
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All the airport upgrades to Upper I have ever had, have been booked into Z. That's what the boarding pass showed, and that was what the miles/TP's earn was.
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Old Jan 29, 19, 12:13 am
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when does the bid tool generally open? my company travel portal booked me through VS instead of DL so I can't upgrade with miles and am left to the mercy of the bid program (not paying $3k for JFK-LHR). i'm currently 35 days from departure with only one seat in UC occupied. just curious when the bid option would start (it's not currently available)
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