Upgrade probability SYD>NYC early December

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DVDA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Nov 2017

Total posts 7

Advice much appreciated.


Context: WP travelling 1 December, QF 11, SYD > JFK, PE full flexi, requested upgrade to J. Returning QF12, 8 December, same fare/request etc.

Early December is heavily booked and judging by T80, QF website and advice from call centre, the chances of upgrade are close to zero.

All thoughts welcome.

Alternatives, fly SYD/MEL/LAX/JFK or SYD/BNE/LAX/JFK. Problem here is that the flights are longer and connect with either AA or UA for LAX to JFK, also fewer points/SC's.

It's a work trip to NY and return flight upgrade is priority as I immediately travel to Gold Coast upon arriving back in Sydney for another work event.

Poll: Chances of upgrade

sid

Member since 07 Jan 2011

Total posts 127

DVDA, please don't use profanity on the site. I've edited your poll to remove it.

DVDA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Nov 2017

Total posts 7

What status are you if any ? To state the obvious if you're your travelling solo higher status will see at the front or near to of the queue n a good chance !

Thanks for the reply and to those who voted. I'm QF Platinum and travelling solo, looks like there are about 3 seats left on the way over and about the same on the return.

freshthoughts

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Aug 2016

Total posts 112

What status are you if any ? To state the obvious if you're your travelling solo higher status will see at the front or near to of the queue n a good chance !

Thanks for the reply and to those who voted. I'm QF Platinum and travelling solo, looks like there are about 3 seats left on the way over and about the same on the return.

I wouldn't give much wait to how many seats are left until closer to departure given that people will move into F from J and free up seats there.

Madhatter49

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 11 Dec 2016

Total posts 65

It's a work trip to NY and return flight upgrade is priority as I immediately travel to Gold Coast upon arriving back in Sydney for another work event.

If you're transiting from one work event to another and your employer requires you to be functional for the event. Then they should be outright paying for the business class ticket to start with.


It's the only definite way to get what's required. Upgrades are just a matter of luck. Try to get the flight on one of the quieter days of the week is the only other option you have available if they won't pay for it.

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OzMattyD

Member since 25 Jul 2011

Total posts 8

The upgrade is more likely between LAX and JFK (and return). Between SYD and LAX (and return) the business cabin runs pretty full, and you are behind Chairmans and Platinum One (and anyone travellingwath them) in priority for upgrade.

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