Your question is fair and logical and I am afraid the answer is ‘no’ as our policy does not allow it. In truth, although it is nice to be upgraded (and, by the way, this has happened also on another airline that I don’t have a card for, as they wanted to make room for standby passengers) I do not demand an upgrade. I pay for economy – fair is fair. My point is that by denying me the segment and through this possibly my first level FF status next year, AF has damaged our relationship over something which, I repeat, would have cost them nothing. As an individual I work on the ‘every little helps’ principle and I find it hard to understand why they don’t do the same. However, I am sure they will survive without me.