Emirates Paid Upgrades

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Member since 23 Aug 2011

Total posts 43

Has anyone ever purchased a oneway upgrade on departure with EK. it would be from Y to J?

Looking at the AM flight Mel/Dxb.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Oct 2013

Total posts 81

as far as i know they dont do it - if you ask at checkin they quote the fare diff between current booking and upgrade - and it isnt worth it as full fare


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Total posts 766

They offer them on some routes. It's a paid upgrade offered per sector and has some limitations. I often get offered them on CHC-SYD flights.

The rate is reasonable I think it was around $400 per person (for the CHC-SYD) however the limo service, lounge access and extra points aren't included in the deal. You're only likely to get them on flights with light loads and I've generally received them around 50-60 hours prior to departure.

Waz wandering

Member since 27 Jan 2018

Total posts 5

We were recently heading off BNE/DXB and received the upgrade offer via email 3-days out. We didn’t take it but then asked for the price at check-in which of course was considerably more and just now t worth it. With EK you can also enquire once onboard and the CSM will advise the cost which would probably make the price quoted at checkin look cheap. My t is wait for the email and grab it. But as another contributor noted, no lounge access, chauffeur, or additional points.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Sep 2017

Total posts 4

Last month, I flew EK from SYD to DXB on Qantas points. On checking in, I asked about paying for an upgrade. I was told to ask when onboard. I did so, and was told the upgrade would cost US$2,200. I was happy to stay in Economy.


Member since 18 Sep 2015

Total posts 2

I recommend you sign up for their Skywards mileage program-even if you don't plan on using it later- so you can also received the upgrade offer around 3 days out by email...As far as I can tell, they offer first to their mileage members FIRST, then go a second round offering any leftovers to the rest of the passengers.One one occasion, I hesitated on first offer, and 2 days later I received a second, cheaper offer for the same upgrade...that only happened once in 12 years!! Also, ( as I always ask just to compare) the on board upgrade is the straight y to j fare difference, so that is never a "deal".


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Nov 2018

Total posts 10

I always get an email on the EK 6am flight to upgrade to J. First time was S1100 next time it went up to $1500 that was just to Dubai on the way to Europe. Now always fly SQ in J.

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