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MissGreen Jun 11th, 2011 03:56 AM

What airlines offer discounted upgrades at the counter?
I've seen a few people mention getting a discounted upgrade at the airport on departure and just wondered what airlines do this? I'm from Australia and I haven't heard many airlines who fly from here discounting their airfares. I did an upgrade at the airport with Qantas and not only did I have to pay the full price difference, I had to pay a fee to change my ticket.


qwovadis Jun 11th, 2011 05:12 AM

Almost all the US carriers and economic sell unused premium seating to econo
Passengers at substantial discounts just ask on check in if anything is available one of my Favs $25 to upgrade first class big front seats

When I flew them last awesome values there.

J62 Jun 11th, 2011 07:18 AM

The upgrade you may have seen is likely to premium economy, not to business class or first class.

Spirit Airlines mentioned above is a very small airline with limited US destinations.

Different airlines have different descriptions for premium economy, but generally speaking it means 10-15 cm extra leg room. Usually the same coach seat. Same coach meal.

What kind of upgrade are you looking to get?

yestravel Jun 11th, 2011 08:30 AM

UA will offer them. U have to ask. Used to be u could get them pretty often, but doesnt seem like they offer them as often now.

suze Jun 11th, 2011 08:30 AM

They were doing that on US Air my recent trip Seattle to Mexico thru Phoenix. I didn't really pay attention to the details.

abram Jun 11th, 2011 09:13 AM

Air Tran does it routinely--there's usually a sign at the ticket counter. It cost us $49 recently, and included checking two bags for free, which was helpful, as we were on a week long ski trip, with a suitcase each and a shared ski tube.

rkkwan Jun 11th, 2011 09:19 AM

MissGreen - Are you talking about domestic flights in Australia, Canada or the US? Or are you talking about international longhauls?

NoFlyZone Jun 12th, 2011 07:00 AM

Delta offers paid upgrades to first class on some domestic flights, depending on loads. But those upgrades only fill empty seats after any complimentary upgrades are given out.

AnselmAdorne Jun 12th, 2011 10:23 AM

Air Canada offers last-minute upgrades to business class (J) on domestic, transborder (flights to the US), and international. If available, the offer displays when you check-in online or at the airport. Prices vary according to your existing fare class; they do not restrict it to full economy fares.

MissGreen Jun 13th, 2011 12:24 AM

RKK...just wondering about any airline, no route specifically.

ekscrunchy Jun 15th, 2011 03:56 AM

Do you have to be holding a certain letter-class of ticket to purchase a last-minute upgrade for an international flight? I am particularly interested in flights between the US and Europe, and the US and Asia.

NoFlyZone Jun 15th, 2011 04:35 AM

Depends on the airline, eks... Delta requires K or higher for domestic cash purchased upgrades but does not sell cash purchased upgrades for most international.

yestravel Jun 15th, 2011 04:52 AM

Not for United. I think the price may vary depending upon the letter class.

rkkwan Jun 15th, 2011 08:27 AM

Not aware of any airlines offering it on US-Asia longhauls.

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