Paying for an upgrade at the airportBack to Forum
Anonymous12 Feb 2014
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?12 Feb 2014
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.12 Feb 2014
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.12 Feb 2014
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.12 Feb 2014