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British Airways Seat Upgrades for crew

Old 8th Sep 2019, 18:47
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British Airways Seat Upgrades for crew

Hi,
I was just wondering I am flying with BA in November doing a longhaul flight and I booked my flights online as normal, I work for a partner airline and have spoke to a few people about cabin upgrades when flying. I was just wondering is it actually possible
for partner airline staff to be upgraded for free by crew on board and what the procedure is? Would it be a case of politley asking the SCM onboard at the door if its possible and showing airline ID or is this not actually a thing thats possible.I work for one of the partner airlines and
I know we can get standby tickets but our staff travel policy is a bit vague when it comes to BA so was wondering if any crew or anyone could help out with this as if possible would love to upgrade somehow.

thanks
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 20:20
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If you booked normal tickets then I doubt you would have a chance of an upgrade in all honesty, but then I don't fly BA that often. I was upgraded a few times on BA when I worked for another OneWorld carrier and traveled on duty tickets, although only within Europe, but my priority code specifically allowed upgrading on a space available basis.

I'd say you would probably have more chance of an upgrade if you were using your staff standbys, at the very least you would be getting the same flight for cheaper and with more flexibility if you used an ID ticket.
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 06:35
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Originally Posted by Kibathepilot View Post
I was just wondering is it actually possible
for partner airline staff to be upgraded for free by crew on board and what the procedure is? Would it be a case of politley asking the SCM onboard at the door if its possible and showing airline ID or is this not actually a thing thats possible.I work for one of the partner airlines and
I know we can get standby tickets but our staff travel policy is a bit vague when it comes to BA so was wondering if any crew or anyone could help out with this as if possible would love to upgrade somehow.

thanks
There's no "procedure" and if you are on a commercial ticket then TBH it's probably not even worth asking or hinting that you are airline staff: Any upgrades done onboard are subject to monitoring at head office and the SCCMs are aware that at some point they may be asked why an individual was moved....

TBH these days even BA's own staff using standby tickets on BA flights are unlikely to gain any, err, "advantage" ..(please don't shoot the messenger, please don't blame the frontline staff )

Obviously any staff ticket with a J class priority gives you a much better chance of getting something "nice".

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Old 9th Sep 2019, 08:30
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
There's no "procedure" and if you are on a commercial ticket then TBH it's probably not even worth asking or hinting that you are airline staff: Any upgrades done onboard are subject to monitoring at head office and the SCCMs are aware that at some point they may be asked why an individual was moved....

TBH these days even BA's own staff using standby tickets on BA flights are unlikely to gain any, err, "advantage" ..(please don't shoot the messenger, please don't blame the frontline staff )

Obviously any staff ticket with a J class priority gives you a much better chance of getting something "nice".

Ah perfect thanks for the help and yeah I completely undertstand and its no issue at all haha, Like I said was just wondering if it was even possible but if not thats fine so I understand its out of their control if its all monitored.
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 09:07
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Also these days any passenger hearing you ask for an upgrade on that basis will be straight on Twitter - oddly the paying SLF get pretty worked up about employees getting benefits denied to them.......

Not worth it the risk for the Cabin Crew or the airline - far better to choose a Silver card holder or someone old & decrepit or with mobility issues for the upgrade
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Old 9th Sep 2019, 09:12
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The staff travel system these days is extremely transparent, staff know exactly how many seats are available in each cabin, how many are booked and how many have checked in, prior to boarding. If there are upgrades available they will go to those with the cabin priority and seniority. The old days of hovering around the desk dropping hints are all but gone.

Unless you are dead heading crew of course, in which case its Capt's descretion.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 09:01
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
Also these days any passenger hearing you ask for an upgrade on that basis will be straight on Twitter - oddly the paying SLF get pretty worked up about employees getting benefits denied to them.......

Not worth it the risk for the Cabin Crew or the airline - far better to choose a Silver card holder or someone old & decrepit or with mobility issues for the upgrade
You'll get old one day.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 09:19
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I've had a upgrade once or twice ... nice to get but very rare these days unless you have a Gold Card or equivalent.................
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 17:33
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Tensions are high at BA and things like unpaid upgrades are very risky business for the foreseeable future.

Please don't put the cabin crew/pilots in an awkward position, they would love to help you out but right now we're not even able to look after our own sadly.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 19:08
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Any upgrades done onboard are subject to monitoring at head office and the SCCMs are aware that at some point they may be asked why an individual was moved....
I'm intrigued...how would head office know that someone sat in a different, vacant seat?
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 07:57
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I'm intrigued...how would head office know that someone sat in a different, vacant seat?
The move, with reason must be reported on the i pad of the SCCM. Only the Captain may authorise it.
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