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 67
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 31
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 128
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
Total posts 2
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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