Best East Coast departure point for Business Class upgrade to/from the US

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rogerau

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Apr 2018

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I'm traveling from Perth to Las Vegas next month, will by flying in and out on a Friday, will have a PE booking (am a Gold FF). Does anyone know which city would be the best chance of a points upgrade to Business? I could leave via SYD, MEL, the most convenient would be the 787 flight from MEL (as the same plane departs from PER), and return via either SYD, MEL or BNE, I'd be happy to give up a bit of convenience on the ground for a better chance of an upgrade in the air.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

Generally flying out of MEL would give a better chance than out of SYD, but it does depend when you want to travel and how popular that flight happens to be. Flying out Friday is a popular time to fly.


The 787 flight from MEL to LAX would allow for perhaps nearly a full day of work on Friday before leaving for those based in MEL so I would suspect that would be a popular flight making the chances lower than most/all other days of the week.

If you have some specific dates in mind someone that sees your post might be able to lookup flight loads on the different routes.

To get a better idea of your chances it would be best to check the loads again less than a week before you fly.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

BNE is on the 747 still so the best upgrade chance might be from there, but again it does depend on how popular the particular flight happens to be.

patrickk

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Member since 19 Apr 2012

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I would try Brisbane as the plane is bigger and will be soon downsized to a 787. Pick the days that a single 787 will replace the 744. That 744 is more likely to have lower loads but it is a matter of luck as well.

rogerau

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Member since 03 Apr 2018

Total posts 14

I tried coming back via BNE in Feb, the plane was packed, no chance of an upgrade. Have booked on the 787 to/from MEL will see how I go.

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