Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Travel Topics > Air Travel
Reload this Page >

What airlines offer discounted upgrades at the counter?

What airlines offer discounted upgrades at the counter?

Jun 11th, 2011, 03:56 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,902
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.

Thanks.
MissGreen is offline  
Jun 11th, 2011, 05:12 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
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

Spirit.com one of my Favs $25 to upgrade first class big front seats

When I flew them last awesome values there.
qwovadis is offline  
Jun 11th, 2011, 07:18 AM
  #3  
J62
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 10,393
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?
J62 is online now  
Jun 11th, 2011, 08:30 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,256
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.
yestravel is offline  
Jun 11th, 2011, 08:30 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 92,969
They were doing that on US Air my recent trip Seattle to Mexico thru Phoenix. I didn't really pay attention to the details.
suze is online now  
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:13 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 8,218
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.
abram is offline  
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:19 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,074
MissGreen - Are you talking about domestic flights in Australia, Canada or the US? Or are you talking about international longhauls?
rkkwan is offline  
Jun 12th, 2011, 07:00 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,032
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.
NoFlyZone is offline  
Jun 12th, 2011, 10:23 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,499
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.
AnselmAdorne is offline  
Jun 13th, 2011, 12:24 AM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,902
RKK...just wondering about any airline, no route specifically.
MissGreen is offline  
Jun 15th, 2011, 03:56 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 22,057
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.
ekscrunchy is offline  
Jun 15th, 2011, 04:35 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,032
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.
NoFlyZone is offline  
Jun 15th, 2011, 04:52 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,256
Not for United. I think the price may vary depending upon the letter class.
yestravel is offline  
Jun 15th, 2011, 08:27 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,074
Not aware of any airlines offering it on US-Asia longhauls.
rkkwan is offline  
Jun 15th, 2011, 09:16 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,420
Andy3,
Please take your advertising campaign elsewhere. TROLL ALERT!
CarolA is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
BespokeMitch
Air Travel
26
May 1st, 2013 12:52 PM
jacketwatch
Air Travel
6
Jun 12th, 2012 07:34 PM
rahulm
Air Travel
4
Jul 11th, 2010 01:16 PM
cv2004
Air Travel
14
Aug 14th, 2007 05:02 AM
wehearttravel
Air Travel
6
Feb 23rd, 2007 05:50 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:57 PM.