Bidding on upgrades using SWUs?

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  1. Seat6A

    Seat6A Silver Member

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    Has anyone been able to successfully bid on an upgrade to First on a 777 after using a SWU for the upgrade to a Business Class seat?
     
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    By what do you mean "bid on an upgrade?" Like at a kiosk?
     
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    As far as I am aware, you can apply a SWU for an upgrade on any fare code/any plane in AA fleet, but double upgrade is not permitted (E to Biz to 1st). Not to say that some have scored double upgrades, but it is due to kind agent, not using 2 SWU's.
    Or were you asking, if you get a domestic comp upgrade, can you apply SWU & get another upgrade? If that's your querry, then official position is NO, can't do that, but if 1st is wide open, never hurts to ask.
     
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    Returning from Shanghai to Chicago I was able to pay $1,000 per person for the wife and I to upgrade to first. I tried a second time and had no luck. They explained to me that on occasion they will do this, but it depends on how many seats are filled.

    I have never had luck doing this from an American airport.
     
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    I was referring to exactly what marcwint55 mentioned. They have a program on selected flights where you can bid to upgrade to the next higher class of service.
     
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  6. Seat6A

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    Ice, this is exactly what i was referring to.
    Marcwint55, how did it happen? Did you see it when you checked in online, did you ask for it at the airport? I'm curious.
     
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    jbcarioca Gold Member

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    I am interested to hear that such upgrades on upgrades have happened. Impersonally have never had one nor had I previously ever heard of one. OTOH, I have always been successful in getting both SWU and Mileage upgrades to the next higher class of service, so I cannot even conceive of complaining. Still, I'd like to do such a thing...
     
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    I too have been very successful so far in having SWUs come through.
     
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    brodyf Gold Member

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    I've missed only one out of 22 TATL SWU upgrades in the last 4 years
     
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