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flyer Sep 2nd, 2006 09:39 AM

Lufthansa/Austrian Air Upgrades for Fee at Gate
 
I realize I asked about this as part of a post on First Class Upgrades but thought I'd give it its own post.

What are the chances of upgrading--for a fee--on either Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines at the gate or at check-in. How does one go about this? What can I expect it to cost. Thanks.

clevelandbrown Sep 2nd, 2006 04:13 PM

I think you are more likely to get answers by looking at the Lufthansa forum on Flyertalk. They would almost certainly have a greater concentration of people with Lufthansa experience there.

Underhill Sep 2nd, 2006 05:04 PM

Not all planes on international routes still have first-class sections--just FYI.

flyer Sep 3rd, 2006 06:34 PM

Make that business/first...

Melnq8 Sep 4th, 2006 06:09 AM

A few years ago I lived in Kuwait and frequently flew to Frankfurt on Lufthansa - at check in they routinely offered upgrades from Economy to Business Class for about US $150 and upgrades to First class for quite a bit more (can't remember the cost for First, as I only upgraded to Business). This was a busy route and I suspect they routinely overbooked Economy, then tried to sell the extra Business seats at the last minute. Whatever the reason, it was a good deal and I took advantage of it at every opportunity.

Once I tried to upgrade at check in on Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Chicago and even though they had plenty of Business Class seats, they looked at me like I was nuts.

Sooooo, I guess sometimes you can and sometimes you can't, but it never hurts to ask.

flyer Sep 4th, 2006 07:54 AM

Thanks everyone. As you suggested, I tried posting on FlyerTalk. I was told no way on Lufthansa but that I might have a shot on Austrian Airlines. That said, I know of two people who were upgraded for free on Lufthansa: 1)A neighbor of mine asked for an upgrade for her small dog when she checked in. They gave it to her. She and the pup flew business clas to Munich. 2) Another couple I know were upgraded because it was her birthday. Who know!!! Right place. Right time. Right agent...

Melnq8 Sep 4th, 2006 05:25 PM

Forgot to mention that Lufthansa once upgraded me from Business to First (no charge) from Frankfurt to Chicago, so yes, anything is possible.


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