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I love a paid upgrade to first class ...

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by ken2v, Jan 29, 2014.

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  1. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    … that costs less than what I'd have paid for baggage if I'd remained in steerage!!
     
  2. booker

    booker High-Roller

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    You've piqued my interest. More details, please. How can I join the hoi polloi?
     
  3. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    No secret, book. If you don't have status with an airline and can't just get one, upgrades often appear at the 24-hour mark and just prior to boarding. I just went to get my boarding pass, saw one seat was available up front, knew I was checking two at 60 bucks … grabbed it. I fly this route several times a year and it's about a 1-in-5 or 1-in-6 shot, I figure. Only a 90 minute flight on a CRJ, but still a no-brainer. It's about the only time I fly this particular airline so I have no status with 'em at all. (We are most successful -- at about 40 percent -- on our Hawaii jaunts on Alaska Air out of San Jose, and that's the type of flight where FC really pays off.) It is route and carrier dependent; try being untermenschen on a popular Big Carrier route through or to a major hub.

    Psst, "hoi polloi" R us, the little common folks.
     
  4. codingkw

    codingkw Low-Roller

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    I use my points on Airtran to upgrade to business class...everytime...love it.
     
    Time to get married and have fun
  5. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

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    AirTran upgrades really are great. Even if you pay with cash instead of points, getting past security in the separate line, boarding first, and getting plied with alcohol makes it totally worthwhile. Always a great play.
     
  6. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    Nice score!

    I have learned to play the frequent flyer game over the years and can usually finagle the upgrade with miles or paying the fee. I lost my elite status on United because I didn't fly much last year but I will re-gain this year.

    Even though the airlines, much like the casinos, have tightened up on their loyalty programs there is still value to be had there.

    For my flight our Friday I paid for the FC ticket because it was only about $200 more than the steerage ticket (before factoring in the extra legroom seats).
     
  7. booker

    booker High-Roller

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    Senility has taken residence. I'm more than embarrassed because, and this is humbling, I made the same mistake about a year ago in a note to a friend. Sheesh! I can't even blame strong drink. Wait! I've got it! Yesterday I was diagnosed with viral pneumonia and … no. That's not a-gonna fly, either.

    BTW, I snapped this in the parking garage in my doctor's office. To be fair, English is not his native language.
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  8. heatherlovesvegas

    heatherlovesvegas VIP Whale

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    I didn't know you could do that! Good tip. I'm going on a cross country flight later this year (I don't fly much), and I'd loveee to have first class. I'd certainly pay $60 lol. Keep my eye out!
     
  9. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    Last year, a Chinese guy turned a refundable first class ticket into over 300 meals before claiming a full refund.

    Here's how it worked. The man flashed his ticket (which was legit) to lounge staff before his trip, hung out and ate a meal just like any first class traveler would, and instead of getting on the flight would change his flight's departure to another day. The next day he would show up with his newly issued ticket for the revised date, stroll into the lounge, eat hang out, and change his ticket date again. He did this over and over again. According to the newspaper, staff members discovered that the itinerary for the one ticket had been postponed over 300 times in a year.
     
  10. jerseyguy

    jerseyguy VIP Whale

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    This is shaping up to be the YEAR OF KEN!

    Hope some of this good fortune rubs off on the rest of us. You gotta love that Chinaman ,thats classic stuff.
     
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