expensive shorthaul, cheap longhaul upgrades

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    A poster recently was offered an upgrade from Paris to London from Economy to Club (CE) for over euros 530. Considering the length of the flight and the possibility of purchasing a ticket 1/10th of the upgrade cost – whats the most expensive upgrade that you can recall being offered on a shorthaul flight?

    At the same time, perhaps this question can be combined with the cheapest upgrade from economy to business for long haul that a poster has manager to enjoy (please exclude free upgrades)?


    Last year I upgraded from a restricted Economy fare to Business Class between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur with KLM for only 215 Euros. Could not believe my luck!


    £790 from BCN to LHR, of course I didn’t accept the offer :p

    Price quoted at the airport and the CE cabin was empty (not a single passenger).



    Did get an F ticket on EK for only £200 more than J, with 4 segments.

    That was on a special promo and it was tremendous value.


    I paid $200 for an upgrade from WT+ to CW for Rio-LHR at check in about five years ago, but not sure how “official” that was!


    Some of us don’t try to find the local cartels when abroad… 😉


    My mum picked up an upgrade to CE from ATH – LHR last week when she checked in on ba.com. 105 euros.


    In 2003 I paid $100 directly to the CSD to upgrade from Y to J on an Aeroflot flight from LHR to SVO. Those were the days!


    790 Euro for an upgrade from Euro Traveller to Club Europe. On A ZRH-LHR flight in Jul 2011. I’m not mad to have taken that. CE cabin that evening was half empty.


    Booked Malaysian Airlines economy and at LHR check in was offered upgrade to business for only £250.


    Not quite an upgrade story.

    On a recent trip from the US west coast back to London, I wanted to change from an evening flight to an afternoon flight on BA CW. I was on a semi-flex return and was expecting a £250 change fee. I called my travel agent to get the flights changed and was told the fare differential would be £2900! I passed.

    Determined to get home, I went to the airport where I pleaded with check-in to get me home. They put me on stand-by and I was on the earlier flight at no cost. I think I need to talk to my travel agent.


    I had an EDI-ATH flight with BA (Y) which I wanted to change it to an earlier day (today). The price difference including the penalty was £230, I asked about the Business class fare and they told me total cost £260. I booked it 😉

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