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Ever managed to get an upgrade on your flight?

Old 30th Mar 2015, 08:27
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Used to get frequent upgrades from business to first on Lufthansa flights MNL - FRA or vice versa. Never had to ask.
Best upgrade was Air France LAX - CDG, this during my smoking days. Arrived some 40 mins before departure, check in counter closed. Luckily one AF lady returned to pick up some forgotten items, agreed to check me in.
Seated in business, approached by young FA, "AF would like to invite you to our First Class, Sir."
Me: "May I smoke there?"
Him: "I'm afraid not".
Me: " In that case I'm very comfortable here, thank you all the same".
Five minutes later, same guy:
"Mr. Per, you will be able to smoke in First, you will be the only person there."
Me: "Thank you very much."
Thinking: "WTF??"
I wore a black Boss suit, shiny black Ballys and sported a pony tail, surely they must have mistaken me for someone else.
Anyways, two beautiful Polynesian ladies to cater for little old me, an exquisite meal, great Cognac, a flat bed made up for me while I put on my AF pyjama. Who's complaining?
Turned out later that during a promo meeting when AF tried to get our business flying Chinese clients around the world, they had unbeknownst to me given me their top frequent flier card.
Had I known I would have been flying AF all the time.
The card expired soon after.
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 09:53
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Only time I was upgraded was 'through misadventure', part way through a flight a few years ago returning to Oz from UK on Qantas. Whilst sitting in cattle class next to a mother and young child, the poor child became visibly quite unwell with what seemed to be an ear infection and, although I was willingly sitting alongside and offering what support I could, the cabin crew obviously decided to give them more room by moving me away to the Business cabin. When I got there, the cabin was in darkness and much slumbering was evident so I slid quietly into the upright seat and fumbled around for seat controls (couldn't find them), light (couldn't find it), headphones (couldn't find any), blanket (couldn't find one) so in the end gave up and sat there quietly and upright until breakfast a few hours later
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 09:56
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Many years ago in a previous job, used to get upgrades a lot. I was a BA Plantinum card holder and was often asked if I minded being upgraded from Business to First. The seats were a little nicer and there was a bit more leg room (I'm not a tall fella, so it made no real difference to me) but that was just about it. I could never see why the difference between Business and First was so huge for what you were actually getting!
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 11:22
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Thank you Heliport.
I'm not and have never tried to be "underhanded" about it. I ask nicely and if not possible then that's that "worth a try" is my usual reply and as I said, ALL the check-in staff are always very nice about it.
Some people eh?
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 12:53
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Had one memorable unasked for upgrade from Business to First on a BA 747 flight from LHR to Seattle.. Seat 1A.. Impeccable service and a great Saint-Julien with the meal. The hostie gave me another bottle of it as I left..
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 14:10
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First Upgrade

Mid '70's, on KL from DXB to AMS via CAI - self, wife, 7yr old plus 4yr old twins; for some reason held on a/c in CAI and during stop 'requested' to move to F Class, only problem just 4 seats, the Twins had to share!!! Never got the true reason for move but we weren't complaining.

Only other upgrade was on trip from LHR to KRT (Biz class)
supposedly with MS via CAI, for unfathomably obscure reason ended up with BA to JED ( no visa) and then SV to KRT and got upped to First for the SV leg (think that meant Perrier instead of Evian)

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Old 30th Mar 2015, 16:48
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First upgrade was 1978 (or thereabouts), TWA, St. Louis - Boston - Heathrow, upgrade to business on St. Loius - Boston leg. Not that different to cattle class but it is amazing how much (free) booze one can put back on a two hour flight.

Second was Heathrow - Madeira, 2005 or so. Whatever, we checked in and boarded in cattle. While we were taxiing out the purser (note; NOT normal cabin crew) came up to us and, having identified us, apologized profusely for the overbooking in first and that we had to be accommodated therein, rather than our booked class. This was news to us - apparently it was part of the package and had not been noticed. Anyway a bottle of two of the first-class red sufficed to keep us quiet (and we booked in the correct class on the way home. And every time after, cost me a fortune to keep up with the Joneses it did).
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 17:19
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Not another upgrade story , but one that made me smile. A good friend of mine was travelling on Business B.A. and at the last minute decided to take his wife along. Unfortunately ( and unusually) Business Class was fully occupied so she was booked back in Economy.
Once well on the way and having got her seat number, he asked the steward if he would be so kind as to drop a glass of champagne back to the lady in 51c (or whatever).
The steward looked slightly puzzled so my friend explained,

"It's my wife"

"Quite right Sir, the rot started when they were given the vote."
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 17:31
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Had an upgrade on Easyjet once, seating row on the over wing emergency exit, bliss.
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 17:54
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 19:00
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In the Air Algerie departure lounge in Paris heard "Flash and party of 3 please come to the desk" We were all upgraded without explanation. I considered complaining but decided not to.

After an excellent landing etc...
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 19:19
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Been rather lucky with Qatar.

Travelled with them maybe 8 times over the course of 3 years (4 return trips).
Got upgraded 3 times. So that's a rather nice ratio.

It's always the leg from Doha though, not the inbound one.
Always nice when they scan your boarding pass at the gate, and it makes an "error" sound. Know that a business class boarding pass is coming
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Old 30th Mar 2015, 23:58
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Coming back from Athens Olympics with Mrs Rac who had her own 5 month carryon. We had booked months before with Alitalia pre carryon as was cheap............hype on expensive fares were there.

Went via Rome and had a really great 4 hr stop over with a young lady who know a Dr and a really pleasant lunch away from airport. Return to London was via Rome and Milan and dreaded it as was long.......

At Athens we and others were told possibility of overbooking but they then decided they ok, asked possibility of direct as Mrs Rac was carrying, lady came out from behind desk to confirm. Came out with really sorry I have to bump you off flight with a big smile, then onto a direct Olympic flight leaving 4 hrs later. 500 in flight vouchers (more than original flight) plus afternoon in Business lounge and a very relaxing flight back arriving an hour before original. Unusually we had a pickup arranged who we had notified and turned up ontime and a nice journey back home.

Olympics were a dream where we saw all the big events, having took a punt and booked them all in lottery assuming we would get little, they all came in......it really was a perfect holiday, upgrade capped it all.
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 01:48
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BA shuttle to Paris for honeymoon. No upgradable seats, but we were given free champagne and Mrs Fox got to sit up front for the landing. Also given a couple of doggy bags of all the remaining champagne on leaving.
Ditto. Plus airline teddy bear.

Manchester to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific. I knew the wife of one of Cathays UK based directors, and she "organised" it. As it happened I knew both pilots....Captain ex Jag mate from Laarbruch and 1st Officer married to my neice (ex frightening man). So I got few of the 1st class comforts as I spent all the time up front with them.(pre 9/11)
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 05:33
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Flying overnight from Detroit to LHR on BA did not fancy the Cattle class seats so asked how much to upgrade to premium econnomy, $150 right sign me up here's my credit card. Paperwork done new boarding pass issued and just about to leave the desk when... Excuse me sir you have now been upgraded to Business class, lovely flat bed...

Flying from Muscat to LHR on Gulf Air, asked if I could upgrade using miles yes no problem, new business boarding pass issued and no points deducted...

Flying business class from LHR to Bahrain with BA dressed in suit and bow tie (nutty professor look) as I was going straight to a function upon arrival, upgraded to First very nice..

Many more over the years... just love BA J class.
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 06:21
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Only the once; with TAA (Yes - that long ago).

A late evening check in at MEL for ADL. A couple of us were members of an aviation sporting organisation which had negotiated a deal with the airlines for us to get sub load tickets (at lower cost of course). Usually it meant "down at the back somewhere" - if there was room; we had priority over the 'stand by' facility offered in that era for the poor people who had plenty of time to hang around waiting for an available "free" seat.

Apparently our tickets were in the same general classification which the airline issued to it's own staff to travel - perhaps for ferry purposes out to a job - who knows. Perhaps we were identified as such; perhaps we were such handsome distinguished types that the issuing staff thought us to be VIPs (wouldn't happen now) - but were given first class seats and all the trimmings which went with it. Nice - no complaints at all .

It never happened again - more often down the back of the A/C right alongside the engines in the good old 727s - DC9s. Not that I minded.

Oh yes - not sure that it was an upgrade, but I was once offered a change of seat allocation to one by the over wing doors on the basis that I would be willing (and presumably able) to assist there in the event of an emergency. No emergency presented, but I had plenty of leg room - always appreciated. Being a big ugly sod can pay occasional dividends.

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Old 31st Mar 2015, 08:02
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Only twice; First time with Ansett back in 1981. I was travelling Adelaide to Alice Springs to start work with a Seismic Survey crew at a wage I had only previously dreamed about. The income from this job paid for all my flying training.

The Check-in bloke was an old Schoolmate whom I hadn't seen in over 10 years and he asked me what I was up to. When I told him he took back my boarding pass and asked me to wait a bit.

Came back in about three minutes with an upgrade to First Class, and I had the entire row to myself! I put my hat on the seat next to me.

Second time was travelling Sydney to Kansai with JAL. Kicked 'upstairs' to First!
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 09:40
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I had used miles to upgrade on American: settled down in the Business Class seat on the LHR flight at LAX and had the first glass of champagne when they bounced me as First was full and there was some one (VIP?) to take the seat. So I was given $75 cash for a meal - this was over 20 years ago when they also served champagne on domestic flights - a First Class red-eye seat to JFK and First Class transatlantic to LHR, and all the FF miles for having travelled first. Got back 12 hours later, had a shower at JFK (I always carried spare sock, shirt and underwear in hand baggage) and they gave me a telephone to re-arrange the LHR pick up.

Been downgraded more often due to airline cock up.....
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 11:01
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Quite often, thanks to One World status, now lost with retirement.
Flying with my wife from LHR to Delhi in Premium Economy, hers bought with Miles, we were upgraded to Business at check in, and then to First at the gate.
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 11:46
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I must admit by way of running very late for my flight I managed to score what is perhaps the worst seat available on a packed B747 - the inner centre isle seat of the very last row. Whoo-hoo, for some reason I thought I was special .
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