Upgrade or no?

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  1. YULtide

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    I'm flying to LHR on Thursday and am waitlisted for an upgrade. I wait listed last Thursday within 3 minutes of the departure time, so as soon as I could get on the list.

    Looking at the J availability, there's just 1 seat available for purchase, but looking at the seat map all the seats seem to be taken.

    So, question time: where is the 1 seat that seems to be for sale? And will this one be made available for some lucky person (maybe me?) to upgrade?
     
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    Possibly blocked on the seat map for a special needs passenger? Or AC is willing to oversell the top cabin, though that seems less likely.

    Assuming the former and that it does not sell then I expect it will become available to an upgrade at some point.
     
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    I wondered about the last one being blocked for a crew rest seat, but they'd be willing to sell it for $7,000 and have the crew rest somewhere else.
     
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    Airlines rarely sell out a crew rest seat on account of union contracts and/or regulatory requirements. What's the aircraft type? Does it have overhead crew bunks?
     
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    777. It seems moot now. J shows sold out. Popular flight! Only 1 Y seat left.

    So, no upgrade unless there's a noshow.
     
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    YULtide, I promise you that I won't be on that plane, so there's your seat.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks! Biting my nails in the YVR international lounge.
     
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    Well, YULtide, right now only you know whether you made that upgrade seat or not. In best Schrödingerian fashion I wish that you shall have received your upgrade (even though it's in your past, knowledge of the outcome is still in my future).
     
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    Thanks. No joy I'm afraid. Still not a bad flight. The LHR arrivals lounge compensates.
     
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    One of the the things you have to watch for on a 777 flight is to see which version is scheduled that day. With the new seat plan there are two less J seats than the old version. I was recently able to get on a "sold out" HKG/YYZ flight because the equipment was changed to the old config at flight time. That created two more seats and I was able to call in and get one of them. I was on a paid "D" ticket and availability was zero.......until I called and told the concierge about the equipment change right at departure time from YYZ.
     
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    Londoncalling -- excellent play on your part. By now, you must have fine-tuned the process of motivating the concierges to act upon your good behalf.
     
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    Same old story. Yesterday there were 8 seats available on YVR-SYD, two hours ago there were 3, now 2. Flight boards in 90 minutes. Looks like no upgrade tonight.
     
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    Got the upgrade this time. One last seat left. It had a non-functional tray table, but I managed around that and had a decent night's sleep.
     
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    So very glad for you, YULtide. Doing the YVR>SYD turn in the back cabin would have been so very nasty, nigh on unthinkable.

    I suppose that the rear-cabin nastiness is deliberately-calibrated, as part of revenue management. Gahh....
     
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    The YVR-SYD flights are now using the reconfigured 777s with a Premium Economy cabin and smaller J. That's part of why the upgrade was so tense. When I booked the flight the outgoing leg was still on the old configuration, so no Premium Economy, tho' it was offered for the return, and I took it. Nicer than the back, but not J.
     

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