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Do airlines give complimentary upgrades on Europe flights, like they do on domestic ones?

Do airlines give complimentary upgrades on Europe flights, like they do on domestic ones?

Jan 9th, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Do airlines give complimentary upgrades on Europe flights, like they do on domestic ones?

I am a Northwest Platinum (highest level) member, and get upgraded about 2/3 of the time when flying in the States. I am flying to Europe soon on a paid coach ticket.

Do the airlines upgrade, availability permitting, like they do on domestic flights?
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Jan 9th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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Hi HonestAbe, well I am NOT a NW Platinum member but I have been upgraded to BC from Amsterdam to Venice when flying NW's partner KLM. Probably because I paid premium price for my ticket due to the length of time I was going to be in Italy. That has happened without paying any additonal fee or using any FF miles.

Do you have FF miles? It sounds like you do. If you have paid the appropriate price for your coach ticket on NW you can use your FF miles to upgrade to BC..assuming you have enough FF miles. Best wishes.
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Jan 9th, 2007, 04:42 PM
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VERY rarely. First and Business are usually full - either with busines travelers whose companies pay full freight or frequent fliers using miles for upgrades. (I haven;t seen an empty seat in first or business in several years - and it often takes forever to get an upgrade even with miles.)
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Jan 9th, 2007, 04:45 PM
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Yes, I have lots of FF miles. However, if there was a decent chance of getting upgrade, I would just buy my ticket. The tickets are running $500 (not chump change but I could manage it) while the same seat requires 75,000 miles... my rule of thumb is that unless the exchange is greater than 100 miles for every dollar saved, it is sometimes better to buy the ticket.

HOWEVER, most airlines don't upgrade anyone flying on a free ticket, so I'd be assured to stay in coach on a FF ticket.

The purchase + FF upgrade idea is worth checking into.
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Jan 9th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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American Air gives their EXP's a limited number of e-vips which are used to request upgrades on international flights.

You should probably go to flyertalk.com -- click on forums, airline programs, then click on northwest. It's a forum where all the benefits of northwest elites are discussed.
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