If I recognize a flight attendant will he or she upgrade me?

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074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 262

If I recognize a flight attendant will he or she upgrade me? My aunt's friend is on my flight HKG - AKL next Saturday.

X

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 24 Jan 2012

Total posts 83

Sure. And they'll probably throw in a free leprechaun. But sometimes they run out of leprechauns and substitute unicorns instead.

What a stupid question. There is no way to tell how a single crew member on a single flight operated by an unspecified airline will behave. General airline policies do not permit a free upgrade from your Auntie's Friend.

Ask something worth asking and contribute valuable content to this site Alvin. 

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 262

Sure, X. I'm asking about experiences of that happening. If you really need to know, this airline is CX.

BNE0077

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 May 2013

Total posts 18

its a bird, no its a plane nooo its a ................................................................... pig?????????    one scenario where pigs might fly  :) make sure you have your FFN branded on that baby

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,293

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH no

You might get a nice drink prepared for you from the premium menu, or even some food from up front, or you might just get more playing cards or whatever, or even nothing, but unless the something magical happens (e.g. the Wizengamot revokes the Statute of Secrecy), you won't score an upgrade just based on that.

jliu

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 04 Nov 2013

Total posts 5

The answer is 2 letters: N-O. A flight attendant has recognized me 3-4 times, and I have never been given an upgrade...

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

Short answer is no, but your mileage may vary.

jaredw

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2014

Total posts 57

It is not unknown. I have lost my shadow due to flight crew upgrading a friend from Y to Y+ shortly after takeoff.  

jonom

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 May 2011

Total posts 26

Crew may be stood down from upgrading friends. It is stealing from the company and airlines have been cracking down on this practise.

SunniiGym

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 07 Mar 2013

Total posts 66

Alvin, please ask relevant questions. This is the Australian Business traveler, it has nothing to do with Hong Kong. In general.  I do not mean to be rude. 

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

Even if this was HK Business Traveller, or HK Leisure Traveller, or even the HK Nepotism Forum, this would be a stupid question. On so many levels. 

mr_pb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Oct 2013

Total posts 31

You'll find many airline policies these days have stringent rules about op-ups - I know that QF is 'down to the t' for this (pro tip: the only times you'll get an op-up is on the ground before the gates close!).

Actually, while I'm sure it's very much a revenue-driven policy, I do remember a CSM on an inbound QF8 mentioning something in particular. Many of the seats around me in J were unusually empty for this particular flight (Y was jam packed), so I specifically asked why the cabin was so relatively empty, and he cited that specifically inflight op-ups were also a big no no for 'safety' reasons, and that the crew in any circumstance arn't allowed to op-up.

(P.S. Alvin, I've seen a few of your questions on AFF - as you're HK based your questions really do belong on globally centric forums like FlyerTalk - I'm sure you'll get a better response there!)

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Alvin ,please the best way to any reward is to earn it !!! Stay loyal to a brand,use it often,and any company will reward you back ,5 times over the golden rule off buisiness is to build relationships. Not expect something for nothing

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 159

Try and date on of them.  Much better chance that way or so I hear! :-)

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 159

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