Upgraded as Gold - From HUB?!?!?!

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  1. vickers

    vickers Gold Member

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    My last trip granted me Gold status, and my trip tomorrow will be my first since achieving this level. Knowing how upgrades work and that there are 2 levels above me, my expectations for an upgrade were low.....

    From HSV - CLT - Regional Jet, so no upgrades offered. But I was able to book an exit row for no cost, so that's cool.

    From CLT - PHL - I am not sure how the stars aligned, but I received a complimentary upgrade....... I am in shock, especially since Charlotte "was" a US Air hub. I think Philly is a hub too.....

    So, here is my question.... Was this a fluke, and how did I score an upgrade out of CLT???
    Really want to keep my expectations in check, but I cant believe it.


    Great news! Your upgrade is confirmed.

    CHARLOTTE to PHILADELPHIA

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Flight: 559

    Depart: 4:00 PM

    Arrive: 5:36 PM

    Seat: 3H

    Passengers: Vickers
     
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  2. flyforawg

    flyforawg Silver Member

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    Tuesday afternoon will have a low density of business travelers. Switch that to Sunday/Monday or Thursday/Friday and you'd have a harder time.

    Did you really get a complimentary or was your account debited a 500 mile instrument?
     
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  3. vickers

    vickers Gold Member

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    Complimentary. Less than 500 miles.

    [​IMG] 3909 Depart: Huntsville (HSV)
    Arrive: Charlotte (CLT) Not Offered N/A

    [​IMG] 559 Depart: Charlotte (CLT)
    Arrive: Philadelphia (PHL) Complimentary Confirmed
     
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    flyforawg Silver Member

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    Thanks for the reminder. Forgot about the short comps after the merge.
     
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    Gtitan Gold Member

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    CLT flights can be pretty good for upgrades for GLDs provided not West of the Rockies and/or to the other East Coast hubs.
     
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    satman40 Gold Member

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    Lifetime GOLD for many years, and did just fine on the upgrades..nothing wrong With GOLD..
     
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    vickers Gold Member

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    On the same leg back, from PHL to CLT, I was 42 of 59 on the upgrade list. lol. This was a Thursday evening. What a difference.
     
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    Welcome to the prime consultant travel hours!
     
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    vickers Gold Member

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    lol. the upgrade gods giveth, and the upgrade gods taketh away...... hard to keep your expectations in check when you get an upgrade right out of the gate.

    Oh, btw........ The leg I was upgrade on was the lie-flat configuration. Where you turn left to get into first class.....It was like I had my own pod....... Best hour and a half flight ever......

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    satman40 Gold Member

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    Nothing wrong with Gold...you can even jump an earlier flight...
     
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    flyforawg Silver Member

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    So true. I used to be a lot more creative with my routings and timing at gold level for personal travel.

    If it's any consolation vickers, even EXP is rough on a leg like you flew. #4 on a list with 3 open first nets the same result as 42. :p
     
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