Purchasing Upgrades at Check In

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Wingflex

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Feb 2015

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BA Club Europe while checking in online (if R class available) and yes they will credit you with Business class points/status

Waz wandering

Member since 27 Jan 2018

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I've had the option at checkin last year with Emirates (BNE-DXB) at some eye watering amount. Did it successfully with BA (Tokyo-London) a few years back and also Jetstar (Gold Coast-Tokyo). As another contributor has also mentioned, Fiji Airways which didn't cost an arm and a leg (Sydney-Nadi).

ptambrosetti

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 21 May 2018

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Originally Posted by DrSK

US-based airlines will generally offer paid upgrades, especially for domestic flights.

United do on international as well. If they have open seats, they will be for sale ($2000-$4000)

Spy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Aug 2016

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Turkish Airlines do at check-in. Recently US$950 upgrade from Economy to Business for Singapore-Istanbul.

Emirates offer A$1,000 for Singapore-Melbourne but only from cabin crew.

cebeckey

Member since 09 Aug 2019

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Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic both do at check-in if available.



Kentown45

Member since 25 Feb 2017

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I would appreciate their names, required Frquent Flyer Status, prices and system implementation plus links to this statement please.

Originally Posted by DrSK

US-based airlines will generally offer paid upgrades, especially for domestic flights.



kj1911

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Oct 2016

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Air Mauritius, last time I went from Perth to Mauritius (MRU) - A$600 at the checkin desk.

unicom

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jan 2020

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Malaysian Airlines , in addition to their auction, also offer last minute upgrades. I use this when travelling KL to Australia or return. It is quite reasonably priced..about US$340..good when the Aussie dollar is higher, too !

DavidChan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Aug 2016

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I bought one on Asiana Airlines at Gimpo airport a few months ago and it was really cheap. Only about $100 to upgrade from Economy to Business. It was a short 2 hour flight but even so.

InFirstOnPoints

Member since 12 Aug 2016

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Recent expereinces on LH, AC, UA

Lufthansa flight last year paid upgrades offered on the screen at the gate, maybe 300 Euros for transatlantic from Munich.

I find AirCanada offers them at checkin quite often as well perhaps 250 CAD for a very private seat on their 787.

UA offered me one last month on a US transcon flight for perhaps 200 USD - and of course I took that one as well.

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

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Originally Posted by Seuna

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?

Qatar certainly offer it at Hamad International Airport - Doha. I don't know if they offer it at outstations.

Franki

Member since 07 Jan 2020

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Originally Posted by Ross

Originally Posted by Seuna

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?

Qatar certainly offer it at Hamad International Airport - Doha. I don't know if they offer it at outstations.

I purchased an upgrade from economy to business on Qatar at check in at Melbourne, in 2018. Total cost of upgrade Melb to CDG was $1800. A lot more than other airlines but worth it to me. Was unsuccessful on the return leg from CDG but only due to a full flight.


Last editedby Franki at Jan 18, 2020, 09:30 AM.

BruceBrad

Member since 27 Jul 2017

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Asiana sell upgrades via a pre-departure email. Fixed price, appears to awarded in order of payment time. As per the comment above, probably also available at check-in. Quite reasonable price: about $550 for Seoul - Sydney business class. Does not include status, points or lounge access.

Pit

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jul 2017

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KLM at online checkin at 50% of normal price if available - both business and extra legroom seats

AKD

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 Nov 2017

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Singapore Airlines does it - I've taken up an offer for upgrade to Premium Economy ex SYD and was also offered an upgrade to Business ex WLG.


Apart from the others already listed above, I've also seen it offered on Hong Kong Airlines.

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