Bid for Business Class Seats

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  1. Newscience

    Newscience Gold Member

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    While visiting the LOT lounge in WAW recently, I came across an advertisement for a program with LOT that allows those seated in coach class to bid for business class seats. See:

    http://www.lot.com/us/en/lot-upgrade

    Other airlines have similar programs, including Austrian Airlines and Iberia, and a here's a link to an article describing those programs:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/03/travel/place-your-bid-for-business-class/

    Has anyone in the Milepoint community bid on seat upgrades? Have you been successful at doing this? Would you care to share any strategies for doing this?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. danielwood

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    Interesting.................
     
  3. blackjack-21

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    I think Air Lingus also has some sort of bidding scheme for vacant business class seats on their flights across the pond.
     
  4. lapointdm

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    Auctioning tickets. Sounds like fun. I could see it getting into potential bidding wars that might even make it work out well for the company.
     
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    I agree, this is an interesting way to perhaps score a comfortable seat for long-haul travel, and would be interested in learning about first-hand experiences with "bidding for business class" seats.

    And thanks for the tip on Air Lingus, blackjack-21! Which means that at least 4 European-based airlines are doing this!

    And perhaps a potential "bidding war" for such seats would still cost considerably less than full-fare seats, and be a "win-win" for both the airline and the customer?
     
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    This is an interesting way and I wish they had this the last time I took LO on their rusty 767s. ;)
     
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    Air NZ has this also, albeit using their Airpoints programme rather than cash. TOBB has a thread tracking successful and unsuccessful bids.
     
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    Thanks, kiwi! I've got to check that out! ;) It seems that Milepoint is behind TOBB in this...
     
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    Sorry I should have been clearer, the NZ forum on TOBB has a thread tracking bids. I do not know if the forums for the other airlines that have this option also have a tracking thread.

    As Air NZ has relatively few routes with business class the tracking thread isn't too long or cumbersome.
     
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