British Airways: Any hope of an upgrade?

Old May 4th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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British Airways: Any hope of an upgrade?

I'm taking my first trip on British Airways to London in a few weeks. Do I have any chance up upgrading my coach ticket to something a little more attractive without coughing up thousands of dollars? Any hints?
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Old May 4th, 2007, 06:59 PM
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You might call BA reservations and ask the cost of upgrading to World Traveller Plus. It's an upgraded coach seat with quite a bit more legroom.
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Old May 4th, 2007, 07:22 PM
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One can often buy up to WT+ for $300 one way at the ticket counter.

On most routes booking into WT+ is 60% or more over basic economy. From the east coast I don't personally think it's worth it, but opinions vary.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 03:14 AM
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It depends on the class of your ticket. You can call BA and ask them. We were unable to upgrade because our class, purchased as a cruise package, was NOT upgradable. You can go to FlyerTalk web site and get more info.
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If you are not a 'Premier' flyer, it's very difficult to get an upgrade without forking over cash.

If they are overbooked in coach, they will seek out the Premier flyers and upgrade them first.

Fortunately, I am with AA. A few years ago I was upgraded from CDG to DFG to their newly redesigned first class. Very nice. I was recently upgraded to Business from LHR to LAX. As I've said, they look for Premier first. For me it helps that I've logged over 1 million miles with them.
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And, as the summer tourist season approaches, those upgradeable seats will have been booked well in advance. For someone flying the first time on a particular airline, I'd say the chance is practically nil. But, good luck.
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Unless you can get all the way up to business class, I don't see the "Plus" seats as significantly enough different to warrant the extra money.
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