Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 10 Apr 2017
Total posts 7
I am considering attempting the United Star Alliance Gold status challenge with United matching to either United Premier Gold and Platinum. Looks a great Status Match to pull off.
Virgin Australia Platinum
Member since 09 Sep 2014
Total posts 60
There are significantly high numbers of 1Ks (myself included) on these particular routes. However, purchasing a Y or B fare tremendously increases your chances of getting upgraded, if not well ahead of departure. There are no complimentary upgrades on these routes, regardless of fare unfortunately. Your quoted section is therefore not related to Australian routes as it refers to flights that are eligible for complimentary upgrades. If there is upgrade inventory available for those complimentary region flights, then you'd instantly get upgraded. Otherwise, you would wait until the upgrade window opens for your status level all the way until departure at times.
You need PZ space to upgrade at booking no matter what fare class you book. You could book the cheapest fare and still upgrade if there is PZ space. If upgrade space is not available when requesting a MileagePlus Upgrade Award, Regional Premier Upgrade or Global Premier Upgrade, travelers may be placed on a waitlist. Travelers placed on a waitlist are prioritized according to the Premier status of the traveler....
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
I got upgraded SYD to LAX at the gate during my trial period matching from VA Platinum and three out of the four domestic flights within the US. I can't remember the fare class but wasn't full Y. May be harder to lock in before hand as per above, but you can still choose the economy plus seats if you match as a Premier Platinum. I would preference the upgrade on the return overnight leg as even in business it was hard to sleep on the way over.
Thanks @wanderlust for such a detailed and insightful reply. Has helped me significantly!
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