Upgrading (as a pax) on Delta

mushroom

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Hello all:

Heading out of ATL to DXB in a couple of days. I'm working for an airline in the Middle East and naturally they're too cheap to buy us business class tickets. I'd really love to get out of coach for that long flight if I could. I'll be traveling in my uniform and will have my company ID on me. Other than the standard "ask the gate agent or cabin crew nicely" method, anyone have any advice on getting a seat in business if one is available? Thanks for any help.
 

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Use miles or pay the upgrade fee.

We have been making it a policy to not give those seats away. We have realized that doing so costs us money as people learn to expect it and do not pay for it.
 

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upgrades are not given less than 24 hours prior to departure. Yes, they can be purchased within 24 hours.
 

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Delta won't sell upgrades on unused seats at the gate? Why would that be?

They will domestically, but we realized that everyone realized that it was cheaper to wait until the last minute to get a First Class seat. No one was buying them at the time of purchase. We have stopped giving discounted upgrades.

It is good from the crew perspective because you will get first as a non-rev, and if you are working the flight you will get a good meal.
 

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Hello all:

Heading out of ATL to DXB in a couple of days. I'm working for an airline in the Middle East and naturally they're too cheap to buy us business class tickets. I'd really love to get out of coach for that long flight if I could. I'll be traveling in my uniform and will have my company ID on me. Other than the standard "ask the gate agent or cabin crew nicely" method, anyone have any advice on getting a seat in business if one is available? Thanks for any help.
Don't bother. Travel in your "civvies" and get your one free cocktail at least!
 

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Being homebased, my airline buys us tickets to get to work. I have quite a few miles on Delta and am rarely upgraded. So, Good Luck!
 

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They will upgrade the solders before they look at "regular Joes" on the ATL-DXB flight. There is nothing wrong with that, but I'm just telling you how it is.
 

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Hello all:

Heading out of ATL to DXB in a couple of days. I'm working for an airline in the Middle East and naturally they're too cheap to buy us business class tickets. I'd really love to get out of coach for that long flight if I could. I'll be traveling in my uniform and will have my company ID on me. Other than the standard "ask the gate agent or cabin crew nicely" method, anyone have any advice on getting a seat in business if one is available? Thanks for any help.
You are just a normal paying passenger that happens to fly for a living. Why do you feel entitled to a free upgrade? Pay the difference if you want to upgrade. I'm sure it's a lot of money.
 

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The days of the complimentary upgrade from the FA's for pilots deadheading/commercialing to work on Delta international flights are long gone. I deadhead internationally on a monthly basis, quite a bit on Delta, have tried many times wearing the uniform, bringing gifts, etc. They just won't do it anymore. Now I have had good luck on United, and any international airline, British Airways, Virgin, Gulf Air, Air India, etc. They still take care of crewmembers who must deadhead internationally for a living. Also do your self a favor and bring snacks/food,drinks, and your own headsets because the service in economy has gotten pretty bad these days...
 
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You are just a normal paying passenger that happens to fly for a living. Why do you feel entitled to a free upgrade? Pay the difference if you want to upgrade. I'm sure it's a lot of money.
Its called PROFESSIONAL COURTESY. Talk to the Captain!
 

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. Also do your self a favor and bring snacks/food,drinks, and your own headsets because the service in economy has gotten pretty bad these days...
Actually I think that the level of service has just gotten in line with the price of ticket being purchased.

Don't forget, you can still get the level of service everyone desires....you just have to pay for it. I know, with the entitlement attitude that many have, it doesn't fall in line with their way of thinking
 

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Thanks for the replies. United has upgraded me often. Too bad I'm not flying them this time. I've never had luck with the various international airlines. And I don't feel entitled to an upgrade. That's why I suggested the "asking nicely" approach as opposed to the "demanding" approach.
 
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