BA Online Upgrade offers

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  1. rhoady

    rhoady Silver Member

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    I had a paid economy reservation for 3 people for LHR-VCE for next August. This was an add on to an F award reservation from JFK-LHR since there were no award seats LHR-VCE.

    When I booked, economy was £200 and Club Europe was £700 so I booked economy. When checking the reservation yesterday, there was an upgrade offer of £69 each. I jumped at it.

    Do these offers happen frequently?
     
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    Yes, pretty frequently. For shorthaul, there needs to be I class availability, but they are not always offered.
     
  3. rhoady

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    There was no CE award availabilty. Would there have been upgrade availability w/ miles if there was no award availability? manage my reservation told me I had to call in to try to upgrade with miles but the wait was 20+ minutes so I did the cash. With the new structure, how many miles would it have taken to upgrade if it was available.

    All in all I am happy. My EWR flight was cancelled 7 months out and they opened up space from JFK for me on a day they rarely offer F awards. So instead of lousy EWR I get the CCR. A lot better since I paid $800+ x 3 for the award.
     
  4. Globaliser
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    There often is. The online offers usually require I class availability, which can exist even if there is no U class (award) availability.

    But as The Saint says, I class availability is not a sufficient condition; sometimes the cheap upgrade offer fares exist and sometimes they don't.

    On other routes, I have seen these cheap cash upgrades book into U class. In those cases, I suspect that there would have been award availability. But it's always wise to check the award availability separately. When I didn't know that they sometimes book into U, I've ended up paying cash when I might have been able to use miles instead.
    If you could upgrade from economy to business with miles, I think that it would have been 7,500 miles per person plus the additional taxes, fees and charges - mainly extra fuel surcharge and extra UK Air Passenger Duty. (On the cheap offer that you have taken up, those items are already included in the fixed price you pay - one of the reasons why it can be such a good deal.) You could not avoid the APD on the LHR-VCE ticket because it's a separate ticket; the exemption for connections only exists for single (or conjunction) tickets.

    However, you can only upgrade from economy with miles if your original cash booking was made in Y, B or H booking classes. These are the three most expensive booking classes. I suspect that if you paid only £200 per person for the economy ticket, this would not have been booked into an upgradeable booking class. A quick and dirty search on a random future date suggests that a ~£216 one-way economy ticket bought today would be booked into M class, and the cheapest upgradeable ticket for that date would be ~£318.

    So you've done well to pick up this upgrade at the special offer price.
     
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    If you already have lounge access, which you do (and CCR access if you're on BA), I really don't see the value in paying 70 euro for an upgrade to CE for such a short flight. The difference in service between CE and ET is miniscule in my eyes and I've been on both many times. The only advantage that I see is that you get London Pride in CE :)
     
  6. rhoady

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    There is significant value since I am traveling with the in-laws.
     
  7. effseeoh

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    You're all travelling in F, or just you?
     
  8. rhoady

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    I do not have the guts to be up front with out them. It will be their 1st international flight so I am going all out for them.
     
  9. effseeoh

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    Ok. Have fun!
     
  10. FlyIce

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    I was offered with same upgrade recently as well, oddly with two different fares: 69 € on the iPhone or on the website and 59€ in an "exclusive" personalized email.

    To understand fully the value of such offers, do you earn Avios and point of Club Europe after the upgrade ?
     
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    Yes, you should get TPs and Avios of the upgraded cabin.
     
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    Thanks, I asked because it's not clarly stated in the offer.
     

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