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Old 07-19-2003, 11:20 PM   #1
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Upgrade for Gold in INTL

Hi -- new member. Nice to have a place for questions & general info about CO and Elite.

Flying to Hong Kong via Newark. Coach, S Class.

Is there any type of comp or fee-based upgrade
path for an S-class seat?

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Old 07-20-2003, 10:24 PM   #2
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Hi Continental does not offer Elite upgrades on International flights with a Business First cabin, If they are oversold in the coach cabin they will upgrade elites with high fares first.
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:27 PM   #3
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Also there is no upgrade fee, it would be the fare difference of your coach tkt.
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Old 07-21-2003, 07:44 AM   #4
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Thanks

I appreciate the info.
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Old 07-21-2003, 11:57 AM   #5
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Continental does not offer Elite upgrades on International flights with a Business First cabin
Whoops . . . error.

Living in Guam all my flights, including to Hong Kong, are International and I have been hitting 100% on upgrades for a number of years. Next flight, after I return from Eastern Europe, is Newark to Tokyo on CO9 August 11 Business First "R" class and Tokyo to Guam on CO7 August 12 International Business "Z" class.
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Old 07-29-2003, 03:33 AM   #6
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Error?

I know for a fact that there are no elite upgrades from EWR CLE or IAH on Business first Cabins (Europe, South America, HKG, NRT or TLV , not to say they do not give them at all as in an oversell situations or other circumstances but it is not given as complimentary upgrades as a rule. my friend is a Concierge who works strictly with the Business first product for Continental.
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:26 AM   #7
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Hi from Krakow,

I get 100% BF upgrades with miles on that 777 between NRT & EWR, all confirmed well before flight time, including my upcoming return trip.
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I've gotten 50% success in doing miles upgrades to BF on IAH-NRT flights. BF cabin between IAH and NRT seems to be routinely sold to capacity and there are often no seats in the proper pool for upgrades.

I did thankfully get a battlefield promotion on my most recent NRT->IAH flight, which was a nice surprise.
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Old 07-30-2003, 08:13 PM   #9
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Ok you are talking about using miles, I was talking about COMLIMENTARY upgrades to BF.
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Sorry trying to spell COMPLIMENTARY
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Old 07-30-2003, 08:16 PM   #11
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Do any other airlines offer CONCIERGE service like CO on their BF cabins? I only fly with CO.
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:16 PM   #12
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Quoting the fine print at the bottom of the latest Continental brochure "Continental flights with a BusinessFirst cabin are not eligible for an Elite Upgrade."

Spend the miles if you have them . . . BusinessFirst is lovely.
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Old 08-31-2003, 09:44 PM   #13
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If it were only miles...

With CO Intl [Asia] upgrades, the killer is the $400 up-front deposit each way, with no guarantees. For the non-business traveler, even Gold, I don't find this reasonable.

Have I missed the boat on something? --L
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Old 08-31-2003, 10:08 PM   #14
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Depends on the ticket you buy.

Y, H or K fare no cost, just the miles.

B or V fare $300 each way plus miles.

Q or T fare $400 each way plus miles.

The cheapest way to go is K fare, followed by H fare.

Less expensive than buying a cheaper fare and paying the "non refundable service fee."
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Old 08-31-2003, 10:11 PM   #15
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OK, Live & Learn

Thanks for the info. Next time I shop more carefully.
This time, decided to take row 44 to be able to move around as much as possible. Live & learn. --L
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Old 08-31-2003, 10:42 PM   #16
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I always book H or K fare and have been hitting 100% on trans-Pacific mileage upgrades for years.

You might want to call your elite priority line and ask them how much it would be to change your ticket to K fare. There's generally not too much difference. It's Y fare that's the killer.
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Old 09-01-2003, 08:32 AM   #17
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Fine idea...

Will do that when I return home. [I only paid $558 RT]. --L
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Old 09-01-2003, 05:17 PM   #18
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Wow, $558 is a really good deal; 16,110 miles for 3-1/2 cents a mile. But 16 hours in coach . . . hope you have short legs.

Q fare shows as $657.16 and would cost $400.00 extra each way for the "non refundable service fee" to try to upgrade (total cost $1,457.16!) and no guarantee you'll get it.

K Fare, which costs nothing to upgrade, is $924.16. It would have cost you almost $370 more for an upgradable ticket.

I would have scraped around and found myself another $370. somewhere (1) had about a week's bout with DVT (emergency room and all that) and besides (2) decided to pamper myself in my old age anyway.)

Enjoy Hong Kong.
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Old 09-01-2003, 09:00 PM   #19
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Next time...

Much thanks for the research...
I think I will still call CO for the potential upgrade to the fares that will allow upgrade. Regardless, will still do the compression socks...

Today, I have to say they were GREAT about getting a companion upgraded on an IAH-CLE flight, prime time, Labor Day USA, in spite of a broken seat on a usually unavailable upgrade route... and who knows -- possibly others waiting in premium coach space.

But, as is always the case, I still have lots to learn... again, thanks for the heads up. Happy travels. --Linda
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Old 09-25-2003, 09:01 PM   #20
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Still No BizClass upgrade.... aargh!

Today's the 25th & flight to HKG is 10/22... called Elite line over the weekend. No changes. ITN shows some Zseats available both ways...
What -- if anything -- to do other than wait [im]patiently? TIA... --Linda
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