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    JChang689
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    I know some airlines offer a flat rate for those who wish to pay for an upgrade at the airport. (I.e Emirates: HK-Dubai. I’ve tried and it was great) Does anybody know if Cathay offers the same?

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    Ahmad
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    How much did you pay for the upgrade?

    #576326

    TiredOldHack
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    BA’s standard rate from Latin America (Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires) to London seems to be 500 bucks a head. Bargain.

    #576327

    newbieflyer
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    Cathay do it. Got the option from DXB to HKG.
    As a side note, China Southern let you do it onboard.

    #576328

    Ahmad
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    Long ago I did an upgrade from Business to First with Emirates at SIN when checking in for DXB. They called it an on board upgrade and charged me twice as much as a discounted First. I have never asked for one at the airport since. Always try and book a discounted First fare when I can get one, otherwise I just fly Business. Looks like I should start asking again.

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    MarcusUK
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    Interestingly amongst others who will allow at the airport, a growing number allow bid prior to the flight, if you are a “select” frequent flyer, you will be invited to bid.

    Both Etihad and KLM allow you to Bid an amount , with a min and maximum. However, KLM do not allow you to earn the miles for it, whereas Etihad do.

    Etihad let you know 24 hrs before . I bid for a £580 upgrade from Business to First on an ultra long haul AUH-SYD and got it.
    Excellent value.

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    passionateflyer
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    Virgin also have a bidding scheme, although sadly I didn’t win in it. Generally I like to psych myself up in advance for the cabin I’m going to be flying in so the appeal of last minute upgrades is somewhat diminished.

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