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  • bumpmad 5 posts

    A very welcome but strange surprise today.

    Around 6 months ago I booked two separate itineraries one for myself and my son, and one for my wife and daughter.
    I had to split the itineraries as I was using a Barclays voucher on one and an amex on the other.

    The itineraries were asymmetric so that we fly economy out and business back, all paid for via avios: LHR-CVG.
    Today my wife went to check us in to find that we had been upgraded to World traveller plus, i printed the boarding pass just to check i wasn’t dreaming.

    I’ve never had this before, I’ve had upgrades upon check-in and at the gate… but never before arriving at the airport. And i think its really strange they upgraded all 4 of us when they were two separate bookings. I was wondering if it was because we booked business for the return leg, i still find it hard to believe there was no one with status in economy they couldn’t have upgraded instead.

    Anyone else received an upgrade at check-in online?

    SamG 1,679 posts

    Not uncommon with BA at this time of year. Their aircraft have quite large business cabins but this time of year not so much business demand so they will oversell economy and then roll WT+ forward to CW and plenty of upgrades from WT into WT+. If they know in advance they do it then

    Years ago I was on a “hi-J” 747 to JFK and the crew told me they’d upgraded the entire of WT+ (including a very happy me!) into CW in advance

    SamG 1,679 posts

    They also do not do it in order of status, they have some kind of algorithm that picks people, from what I’ve read they try to pick people that may have a propensity to buy up next time and they avoid always upgrading people who fly frequently so they do not stop buying something that they think they could get for free instead

    aq.1988 481 posts

    How did you use the Barclaycard voucher to book Economy out, and Business back?

    As far am I’m aware, you can only use it on flights departing from the UK.

    duggie1982 263 posts

    How did you use the Barclaycard voucher to book Economy out, and Business back?

    As far am I’m aware, you can only use it on flights departing from the UK.

    Also interested in this answer 🙂

    NorthernLass 8,065 posts

    I’m guessing that as long as the flight originates in the UK, it might be that it doesn’t matter which leg you upgrade? The previous issues have been that people haven’t been able to upgrade 2 passengers on an inbound leg on a single journey. Though it still a little confusing as OP implies that there were 2 people on the Barclays booking, which would mean it could only be a one-way journey?

    aq.1988 481 posts

    How did you use the Barclaycard voucher to book Economy out, and Business back?

    As far am I’m aware, you can only use it on flights departing from the UK.

    Also interested in this answer 🙂

    Now I’m curious what happens if you try a dummy booking with a Barclaycard voucher starting outside the UK, never tried it with my vouchers. Wonder if the BA IT is sophisticated enough to detect that its outside the UK, and stops you from using the voucher. I won’t get my next voucher until October so I can’t test it myself.

    If anyone has a BC voucher, do you mind doing a dummy booking to satisfy my curiosity please! 🙂

    aq.1988 481 posts

    I’m guessing that as long as the flight originates in the UK, it might be that it doesn’t matter which leg you upgrade? The previous issues have been that people haven’t been able to upgrade 2 passengers on an inbound leg on a single journey. Though it still a little confusing as OP implies that there were 2 people on the Barclays booking, which would mean it could only be a one-way journey?

    Yes, perhaps you’re right but I always thought you had to use it on the outbound only (if using for 2 people). For 1 person, you could upgrade both legs, or outbound only. If there’s a way to use it on the inbound only (whether for one person or 2), it would make it much more useful to me.

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