Upgrade on US Air metal - ExecPlat passenger

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  1. GCarvalho

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    Anyone has had the experience of being upgraded on a domestic USAir flight after the merger? What's the process? As an ExecPlat, do I get any priority as on AA?
     
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    By the way, the ticket was purchased and issued by USAir.
     
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    As long as you're on US flight numbers, the upgrade process is pretty easy. You can't get an upgrade until your check-in window opens, but then, you can grab a seat if it's still available. I've had pretty good luck with this, scoring upgrades on over half my US flights. If there's nothing available then, you can hop on the standby list once you get to the airport, so you should go to the ticket counter to do it (not happening automatically, need to add you manually).

    For codeshares, upgrades are a mess. Can't really upgrade ahead of time, need to do it at the airport.

    Does that answer your question?
     
  4. VNAFlyer

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    FYI - When you do receive the upgrade, you'll see the F seats available on the seat map for selection, listed as a cost of $0.

    With US I've gotten into the habit of checking in right at T-24. I believe waitlist priority within tiers is based on check-in time...?
     
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    Technically, check-in time isn't supposed to matter. However, once the T-24 window opens, it's first come, first served. So, hitting the T-24 mark is once again important.
     
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    I've only flown USAir domestically as part of OW international itineraries and upgrades were at the gate or in the AAdmirals club after check in. I've generally had to check in with an agent (Visas, system glitches, whatever - OLCI no workie) and they mentioned adding me to the list each time.
     
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    I'm 3/4 so far on US metal - as AA PLT! All 4 segments were booked as AA codeshare, and in 3 cleared cases I was able to select a seat in F for $0. Sweet!
     
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  8. GCarvalho

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    Quick update on the topic. Got 3/4 upgrades. Funny thing is, you can get the upgrade for $0, but some coach seats cost $25. Makes no sense whatsoever. Go figure.
     
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    I am 4 out of 7. Did not get upgraded on either segment yesterday OAK-PHX or PHX-LAX, though I was #1 on the upgrade list for both as AA PLT. I have been upgraded on two mainline and two US Express/Mesa flights in the past (prior to the Mesa flights becoming Eagle). The process is easy enough but the US website and app are both fairly miserable. Also we had an hour ground delay after landing at LAX waiting for a gate at T6 to come available, which one of the FAs said had become pretty common since moving to T6. :eek:
     
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    US has really tried to monetize those "not much better" coach seats. I don't have a big issue with it, especially because of how high my upgrade percentage has historically been. But, I guess I might start to care more if I have to start sitting in the back more often.
     
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    I really don't understand their pricing structure... I am admittedly spoiled by free access to MCE on AA but $26 for everything forward of the wings when all you're getting is a hair closer to the exit and a slightly quieter ride vis-a-vis aft of the engines...? Especially for all those middle seats... I don't get it. Last time I saw prices for MCE on AA there was a price break between the middle and the aisle/window.
     
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