AC upgrades bronze medallist to Executive First on flight home

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  1. ACMM
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    Nice touch by the airline I think! The least they could do since it was the 767 :p ;)

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    That is awesome! I hope others aren't overlooked and that nonmedalists get recognized also!
     
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    I guess it all depends on if they are recognized... Mark is quite well known. I do agree with you however, do what they can to recognize them! :)
     
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    Loads on that route have been pretty low up-front so am glad they did this :)
     
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    I look forward to the thread being started by a status passenger who complains that his upgrade from LHR didn't clear but a bunch of 20-somethings seemed to be getting op-ups. ;)
     
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    Well I flew from LHR landing today and had my upgrade so cannot complain :) If my upgrade from LHR on 24th does not clear can I complain then? :D
     
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    That FT! :p

    though I could prob go on and note I got op-upped on AC on Sat and I have zip status with them! :eek: and not even a shiny metal to display.

    but back to the topic, it was a great gesture by AC and I am glad Marc de Jonge got the upgrade! It was a hard fought race (very close between 3rd and 4th). also a nice background story of someone who missed qualifying in 2008 but persevered in 2012!
     
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    But But But - you were on a Beechcraft! :p Where did they OpUp you to? :D
     
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    I thnk all that is left is the pilot's lap! :eek: oops, who said that! :p
     
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    Seriously - nice you got the OpUp - in all my years as an SE and E (6 months) I have never had an OpUp but I did have a great gate agent who kept returning all the upgrade certs she acquired on flights to me - does that count :D
     
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    That's an nice gesture on AC's part and it doesn't hurt the free PR they can whore out of the gesture.
     
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    Was nice to have the tweet go out ... :)

     
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    It was a nice gesture and if AC as an olympic sponsor can wring out an ounce of good PR for the gesture MHO says good for them.
     
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  14. AC LHR concierges are the best. They do follow the rules pretty tightly but they also are pretty flexible in the right situation when common sense is sometimes better than the rules.
     
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    Great gesture. Tricky to repeat with the whole women's soceer team, I imagine. :D
     
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    Apparently the Japanese Olympic team gets flown home on one of their airlines, but the protocol has been a little different: upon entering the cabin the men turn left, the women right...i.e. men get business, women get coach!
     
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    Nonmedalists gets flown in cattle class along with other non status passengers :p

    Bronze/Prestige - exec first
    Silver/Elite - washroom compartment
    Gold/Super Elite - cockpit or the wing
     
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    Surely you jest? Op-ups are not all that rare, especially if you are an SE ...
     
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    I read about this one -- this was the Japanese football (soccer) teams. The Japanese football federation flew the men in business class as it considered them professional, whereas the amateur women's team got to travel in in economy. But the women's silver medal got them an upgrade on the way back.
     
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    Nope - never received an opUp ... could be because I have always tried to upgrade on flights I really wanted, but it has never happened to me.
     
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    Wow. I get an op-up probably at least 40% of the time on my YYZ-EWR-YYZ milk run. And even on YYZ-NRT-YYZ it happens from time to time, though I manage to use eUpgrades (or certs before) most of the time so there are not many op-up opportunities.
     
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    Up until a few years ago for long-hauls I could book J-class so it was never an issue. Since then I have pretty much got the upgrades on all international legs except on occasion to FRA and once from HKG and of course to SYD (ouch!) ... all in all cannot complain but it would be nice ... someday :) Maybe I need to smile more :)

    Could be related to the routing also I guess - maybe some routes are better than others :)

     
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    I have never asked for an upgrade on the EWR route ... but the EWR GAs know me by sight now when they hand out op-ups.

    The specific routes will definitely have an impact on op-up probability.
     
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