Member since 22 Jan 2019
Total posts 8
Is there a list of some sort of the airlines that will sell (not the bidding lottery or using points) upgrades at check in? A search of threads here returned a discussion about Qantas not doing that. A family member has successfully done this with Etihad twice in the last three weeks. So I'm wondering who does and doesn't.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 19 Mar 2015
Total posts 12
Thai airways do
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 03 Jun 2014
Total posts 13
Fiji Airways do as well
Member since 07 Aug 2013
Total posts 76
Air New Zealand - they have a map of set cost to upgrade using a radius distnace from Auckland. From memory it was $1k to Perth to upgrade to business, $500 for premium. Same for any other destination within that radius i.e approx 7hr flight time. East cost Australia to upgrade was $500 and so on.
Member since 21 Apr 2016
JAL publish a price list for upgrading to premium economy at check-in.
Member since 28 Oct 2018
Total posts 3
Virgin Australia do both lottery and purchase upgrades at check-in self serve kiosks
Member since 08 Jul 2014
Total posts 32
US-based airlines will generally offer paid upgrades, especially for domestic flights.
Member since 05 Dec 2018
Total posts 92
Last year when I was at checking in for Qantas QF95 Mel-Lax flight a passenger asked for payed upgrades to business. They were on offer and it something reasonable like $900 per person.
I was surprised as I didn't know this was a thing.
Member since 14 Oct 2016
Total posts 129
Out of interest does anyone know if the purchased upgrades come with a higher points/status earn ? I'm guessing this is airline dependant but that would factor highly in my decision to upgrade alongside my personal comfort:flight time metric.
Originally Posted by Theresnormissin
Thanks for the replies.
Avianca - AviancaPlus
Member since 27 Oct 2015
Total posts 1
I have twice purchased an upgrade from a cheap economy fare to business on KLM by being first in line at the check in counter (KUL-AMS each way) when 2 seats were available. It was a bargain - cost something like $300AUD pp.
My parents-in-law are travelling economy with Qatar in a few months. I'd love to know if they offer it?
Member since 31 Jul 2017
Virgin when travelling internationally - at checkin
Member since 04 Dec 2013
Total posts 65
Originally Posted by Warragul
Member since 18 Oct 2019
BA definitely do paid upgrades. Have done it numerous times throughout Europe and trans-Atlantic flights. Long haul promotional upgrade is what they call it and have gone from economy to business for £500. Got full business class status points etc as well
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