Some airlines are aggressive at hawking upgrades, others do so in a more subtle way.
I flew British Airways in economy class from Los Angeles to London last week. Just for kicks, I asked a gate agent if any upgrades were available for purchase. She responded in the affirmative.
From economy class, an upgrade to both World Traveler Plus (premium economy) and Club World (business class) were available.
- World Traveler Plus – $295
- Club World – $1395
Flying in premium economy or regular economy makes no difference for me in terms of being able to sleep. But even if it did, flying in economy class was my punishment for leaving my passport at home. There was no way I was going to treat myself to an upgrade on this particular flight.
The $1395 for business is rather steep, but not horrible if you scored a very cheap economy class ticket.
I do not fly British Airways on a regular basis, so I do not know whether this pricing is standard or variable based upon flight date and loads.
In any case, a woman standing nearby overheard me, came up to the desk, and immediacy upgraded to premium economy. It seems BA should do a better job of broadcasting the availability of upgrades for purchase…
The point of this past was just to provide a data point for those who might be wondering if you can upgrade on BA. It always pays to ask at the check-in counter and again at the gate.
Considering the miles and fuel surcharge required to redeem miles on British Airways, $1395 for business class it not too terrible.