New: Bid upgrades

Old Apr 26, 19, 2:24 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The World
Posts: 901
New: Bid upgrades

It looks like they've launched a new "bid upgrade" system (similar to Air Canada's):

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel...ptions/upgrade

To be honest, I found it all confusing trying to figure out exactly how this works. There seem to be multiple pages of FAQs and instructions with multiple tabs and pop-down trays. (Perhaps they should work on brevity...)

I don't have a Y class flight imminent, so I gave up on trying to figure it all out.

But... it looks like you can now enter an offer amount to bid for an upgrade to Premium or Business ... between 120 days and 5 days prior to travel ... and upgrades are selected at T-5 days. I think. If successful, your credit card is automatically charged at T-5. If not, you keep your original seat and cabin.

(If I'm right, I find it frustrating. As a Gold member, I get early access to purchase upgrades as one of my big perks. But now all of the 'bidders' - regardless of status - are in front of me in the line. Hmmph.)
FlyerJ is online now  
Old Apr 26, 19, 2:40 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs
Programs: No single airline or hotel chain is of much use to me anymore.
Posts: 2,106
Bidding on Air Canada has never made sense, the minimum bid was always substantially more than an upgrade at check-in would have been.
Heffeh41 likes this.
Error 601 is offline  
Old Apr 26, 19, 3:20 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 73
I can't get any of my flights to appear in the system, I keep getting the "No eligible flights exist." message.

I guess it hasn't fully been implemented yet, I don't see to see it in the app either.
zappy312 is offline  
Old Apr 26, 19, 5:13 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 90
Originally Posted by zappy312 View Post
I can't get any of my flights to appear in the system, I keep getting the "No eligible flights exist." message.

I guess it hasn't fully been implemented yet, I don't see to see it in the app either.
It is only supposed to be available on certain routes as a trial. It wasn't mentioned which routes though.
calgaryhhr is offline  
Old Apr 27, 19, 5:43 am
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Programs: statusless these days
Posts: 19,334
Getting a ridiculous $240 minimum bid HNL-YVR
YVR Cockroach is offline  
Old Apr 27, 19, 1:31 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs
Programs: No single airline or hotel chain is of much use to me anymore.
Posts: 2,106
So it's exactly like Air Canada's bidding.
Error 601 is offline  
Old Apr 27, 19, 1:55 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 73
Originally Posted by calgaryhhr View Post
It is only supposed to be available on certain routes as a trial. It wasn't mentioned which routes though.
Today my multi-city res shows up but like the other person, I'm only getting the opportunity to bid on HNL - YVR (and I'll pass at $240 for a 737-800 upgrade, no thanks).
zappy312 is offline  
Old Apr 27, 19, 4:48 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Calgary
Posts: 866
I expect WestJet is trialing the Plusgrade system, used by most airlines for upgrade bidding (including Air Canada).
aerobod is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 6:39 am
  #9  
5mm
Suspended
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 669
Originally Posted by zappy312 View Post
Today my multi-city res shows up but like the other person, I'm only getting the opportunity to bid on HNL - YVR (and I'll pass at $240 for a 737-800 upgrade, no thanks).
I would jump on the $240 upgrade. That is less than $50 / hour.
5mm is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 3:05 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 73
Originally Posted by aerobod View Post
I expect WestJet is trialing the Plusgrade system, used by most airlines for upgrade bidding (including Air Canada).
Yes, it's Plusgrade.
zappy312 is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 4:39 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs
Programs: No single airline or hotel chain is of much use to me anymore.
Posts: 2,106
Originally Posted by 5mm View Post
I would jump on the $240 upgrade. That is less than $50 / hour.
I don't think I have ever paid $240 for an upgrade to or from Hawaii on WestJet.
Error 601 is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 4:45 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: YVR
Programs: WS Plat., AS Gold, Winner "Misanthropes to Watch" (1984)
Posts: 676
Originally Posted by Error 601 View Post
I don't think I have ever paid $240 for an upgrade to or from Hawaii on WestJet.
Well....now's your chance...
5mm likes this.
Frequentlander is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 5:20 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Body in YYZ, heart in YYG
Programs: airlines and hotels and rental cars - oh my!
Posts: 2,148
On longer flights I tend to book into Plus right from the start ... if I want the seat, then I know I have it with no games.

But on shorter hauls where I've booked into standard Y I've noticed the bid amounts, plus what I paid for the Y seat to begin with, are often close to or even higher than what a Plus seat would have cost from the outset. Hmmmm.
Frequentlander likes this.
Symmetre is offline  
Old Apr 28, 19, 7:21 pm
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs
Programs: No single airline or hotel chain is of much use to me anymore.
Posts: 2,106
Originally Posted by Frequentlander View Post
Well....now's your chance...
I think I will continue upgrading at check-in if it's all the same to you.
Frequentlander likes this.
Error 601 is offline  
Old Apr 29, 19, 8:56 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: YYC, Canada
Programs: Former AC*E, WorldPerks, Air Miles
Posts: 1,446
Originally Posted by Error 601 View Post
I think I will continue upgrading at check-in if it's all the same to you.
I think you will find this harder, now. WestJet is trying to monetize the Plus section. I can see them making more revenue on this for the 787s for sure.
YXUFlyboy is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread