how do you get "bumped up" to first class.

Old Oct 9th, 2000, 11:53 AM
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I was bumped from coach to business class on a flight from Tel Aviv to London. The airline made a mistake by putting asthmatic me in smoking. They had to bump my 8 yr old daughter with me because she would be too frightened to fly with strangers in another cabin area. That was almost 7-8 years ago. I think BA doesn't have smoking seats on international flights anymore so I am safe now.

Maybe it's my twisted sense of humor but I think it would be funny for Lauren to get her upgrade just so she could return and rub it in.
Old Oct 10th, 2000, 09:43 AM
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Mon-You are twisted! If you continue on reading through Lauren's posts you will find that the nicey nice attiutude she had was an act. Her real colors showed up a few posts down where she turned down right nasty. I think she was a "troll" all along. The original poster was answered in more ways than one---time to put this thread to bed. May it rest in peace.
Old Oct 16th, 2000, 07:49 AM
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I don't know about being 'bumped' into first class but I once saw a guy get 'bumped' into the Cockpit !!! Flying Business class from Manchester to Dublin a problem developed with the 'plane & the flight was eventually cancelled. After much reorganisation we were put on seperate, later flights. On my flight someone, as we say in the UK, "dropped a bollock" & when everyone had boarded & sat down there was one "extra" guy still standing with no seat for him. After a brief panic he was put onto the Flight Deck to sit behind the Pilots ! I don't know if this broke any rules of aviation or not but he spent the entire flight there....
For those wondering it was Aer Lingus
( Irish - say no more....... ).
Old Oct 16th, 2000, 09:04 AM
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I'm Baaaaack.
For the last post, I think there were quite some violations broken by Air Cunne-lingus. There's a reason why the cockpit door remains shut during a flight and a peep hole between the door. Not only were safety for the guy in the cockpit but for the passengers. What if the guy went nuts and grabed the wheel or something?
I'd sue. just kidding.
Old Oct 16th, 2000, 02:52 PM
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You know ME, I have just about had it with your vile, disgusting sense of humor!!! You are not even close to being funny! You are a pathetic individual obviously in need of some serious psychological help and/or medication! Do us all a favor and leave!
Old Oct 17th, 2000, 05:28 AM
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Hi Doc,
I'm sorry to hear that you are sick and tired of my remarks and humor. Am I not entitled to voice my opinion on this board just like everyone else? Just like you? What if I thought that some posters (like the guy who said that Lauren is a prostitute for asking to be bumped) were vile and disgusting. Should they leave too? What if I thought your post was 'out of line' ? How come you don't leave? I'm going to write what I want however I want and if you don't like it then you can kiss my "bumped to first class a**.
Old Oct 17th, 2000, 09:52 AM
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Have to agree with Doc ME. I have read some of your posts on other threads and you absolutely have no idea what you are talking about most of the time. From your stupid comments, I doubt if you have ever traveled anywhere but to the kitchen or bathroom-maybe you fly first class on your broom stick!! HA!HA!HA!
Old Oct 17th, 2000, 10:18 AM
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My broom stick has plenty of leg room and reclines.
Old Nov 17th, 2000, 04:06 PM
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I'm 6'5", with long legs and painfull knee problems and could really use the extra legroom. However, in 30 years of not too frequent (2-4 R/T'S per year) flying, I've never had the luck to be upgraded. In recent years, I've also fould it near impossible to book exit row or bulkhead seats. On a recent trip to Rome on Continental on a discount ticket, I had to stand in the aisle for 2/3 of the trip because it was too painfull in my middle seat. Luckily, on the return, even though I was told when checking in a full 3 hours before the departure time that no exit, bulkhead, or aisle seats were available, the plane took off with lots of empty aisle seats and an entire bulkhead row empty so I was able to change. I'd be glad to pay a few hundred dollars more for a few more inches of legroom but can't afford the several thousand dollar diffence for business or first class. My point is this: Why can't airlines offer reasonably sized no-frills seating at a reasonable premium?
Old Dec 22nd, 2000, 07:16 AM
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Everything else aside, I personally find that being tall (over 6ft)and checking in well in advance for legroom helps. All of my upgrades have occurred on Icelandair & SAS. Best of all, this has happened on flights that I paid less than $300 r/t for.

I do wonder if the fact that I am tall blonde quiet/reserved (scandinavian traits) works with these airlines? (No other airlines have offered to upgrade me.)
Old Feb 23rd, 2001, 10:03 PM
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Disney is a big customer for United and sometimes they upgrade us employees just because of our loyal backing. Last month I landed a 1st class sleeper between Paris and LAX without even asking.
Old Sep 1st, 2001, 06:13 PM
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Lauren- Darling, you have done nothing more than post a simple and provocative question. You go, girl. I cannot believe the arrogance of some people on this site, for crying out loud! I, too, intend to request an upgrade when I fly to France later this year. No harm, no foul.

And Ryan, with the $2,000 you pay for your first class tickets, you should have gotten a better education.It's spelled FARE. People in glass houses... Ciao!
Old Sep 3rd, 2001, 06:09 PM
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I have never asked or expected to be upgraded to first-class. However, my husband and I were upgraded because of a seat assignment mix-up by the airline. We were told we could not sit together in coach class. We were given the choice of sitting separately or waiting to see what was available. I indicated that as long as we boarded I would wait. We were pleasantly surprised at being seated in the first-class area. If it never happens again I must say I enjoyed the experience. By the way, seating location is no indicator of the decency of the person. The true measure is how people treat one another.
Old Sep 7th, 2001, 07:42 PM
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Wow, all this fluffle over a little question, whether innocent in intent or not! However, it's entertaining to check out the responses. As far as my experience goes, I remember that my older sister once got upgraded on a flight from Toronto to Edmonton back in the early eighties because she had her arm in a sling (she was told), but since I have a bad back and my boyfriend has a bad knee, we pay to upgrade to first class on longer flights, just for the increased comfort level. On shorter flights, we find we can manage in aisle seats across from each other. The really great part about having first class seats booked in advance? Sailing past the long checkin line-ups to the "first class" line with our (chronically overpacked) luggage in tow!
Old Sep 10th, 2001, 04:38 PM
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I really can't see why some of you are making such a BFD over this question. I didn't see where *anyone* felt entitled to an upgrade. It's not at all like going to a Chevy dealer and expecting a Cadillac- it's more like dealing down from the sticker price. I wish some of you saps that don't seem to mind paying full price would visit my auto dealership! Have I got a deal for you!
Old Sep 11th, 2001, 06:20 PM
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I have been bumped up to business class 6 times while flying British Airways for a variety of reasons. Primarily, because I have an awesome travel agent that has a friendly relationship with his British Airways representative -- it even got me into the lounge a few times. But, I will tell you that my travel agent told me not to wear jeans on the flights. Believe me, each time it was a surprise. The other times -- also booked my hotels through British Airways Vacation Desk. First time, got to the hotel, reservation was lost by the hotel and the hotel was fully booked. Between British Airways and the hotel they found me another hotel to stay at (and this was in Geneva). Next night, I returned to the hotel that lost my reservation and was put in a suite for the duration of my stay. On the return flight, British Airways flew me back in business class and apologized for the faux pas. Last trip, had an accident in Amsterdam and was on crutches. Because I needed leg room (keeping my leg in the aisle didn't work), I was again bumped up. Oh, during that incident, British Airways even drove me and my friends on a motor cart to the gate. I should mention that my friends got bumped up also.

I've also been bumped up on United flights to SFO and Seattle (and those were red eye flights).

It really doesn't hurt to ask. You might not have "earned the right" to be bumped up, but as a passenger you begin to be loyal to that airline.

Oh, many years ago, I was flying Delta to Orlando and a flight attendant bumped me up in the middle of a flight. That was when you could smoke on the flight and I was sitting at the rear of the plane. I had a funky cigarette lighter the flight attendant liked, and I had a bunch of them. Turns out there were a 3 flight attendants that smoked. Gave them all the lighters and voila I was sitting in first class. Coincidentally, on my return flight, the same flight attendant was on that flight and immediately directed me to a first class seat.

It never hurts to ask. Needless to say, I am loyal to British Airways.

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