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How do I know whether an airline seat upgrade at gate was free?

It'd be fairly unlikely that they don't quote the price to you. Here's your ticket (whispers to themselves, that's $10,000). If no monetary value was quoted to you, it was free. If not, you've got ...
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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

There are many different "fare classes" of economy fare. Some cost more, and all you are paying for is "this is a class you might be able to upgrade from." The cost of the ticket plus the cost of the ...
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How do I know whether an airline seat upgrade at gate was free?

If you didn't sign for any payment, it was a free upgrade, period. Anything else would be impossible to prove for them - how could they ever prove that you agreed to pay X for it, or that you even ...
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Can I ask for free upgrade at checkin or at gate?

20-30 years ago this used to work. Source: I did it myself, and approximately a quarter to a third of the time it worked. You could turn up at check-in, smartly dressed (apparently that mattered then) ...
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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

If it is a private (or “hidden”) fare then the price your travel agent pays for your seat is a commercially private matter between your agent and his liaison at the airline. (It is probably not the ...
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Can I ask for free upgrade at checkin or at gate?

Is that possible to ask for a free upgrade at the check-in desk? Sure. You can always ask (and successful) No. Upgrades are one of the major perks that airlines use to entice frequent flyers and ...
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How do I know whether an airline seat upgrade at gate was free?

I’ve flown a million miles in 10 years across 13 airlines. I’ve been upgraded hundreds of times at the gate and it’s free. You walk up, ask to be put on the upgrade list, they put you on it, and that’...
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

The answer appears to be yes as long as you do so before boarding the train (otherwise you'll be travelling with an invalid ticket). The National Rail website about Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak ticket ...
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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

It's rather common for unpublished fares to subject to special rules including a "no upgrades" policy. These are discount fares offered through travel agents and consolidators, generally for the ...
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Bidding for upgrades?

Bidding for upgrades is fairly common these days and many airlines do it, primarily in Europe. Typically there is a minimum bid that's fairly substantial. Whether this is worth trying or not depends ...
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Websites to calculate probability of upgrade for flight

Highly unlikely. Most airlines have very strict and complicated rules about upgrades with insanely detailed pecking orders. A few years ago someone leaked an internal list from United that had over 30 ...
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Can you move to a seat that is unsold?

TL;DR: Yes, but… Moving to a different service class (from economy to premium economy, business or first for instance) is just a no-no if you weren’t invited to do it. Note that in some cases there ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

United allows cabin crew to sell "upgrades" to Economy Plus (not technically an upgrade, since Economy Plus is still the economy class, just with more legroom) from their handheld devices. ...
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Can I ask for free upgrade at checkin or at gate?

Hilmar's answer is true generally. However, speaking from my own experience, there is one type of upgrade that some airlines are more willing to give. If you're able-bodied and willing to operate the ...
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Can I ask for free upgrade at checkin or at gate?

In the three years before the pandemic I flew intercontinental quite regularly, racking up some frequent flyer points. I'm not the kind of person to ask for upgrades (especially since I'm generally ...
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How to upgrade my Icelandair ticket?

Contact Icelandair You can always contact Icelandair to have your ticket(s) upgraded to Saga Premium. Bid for an upgrade You can also bid for an upgrade to Saga Premium with Icelandair's Class Up. ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

The other day Lufthansa was selling Premium Economy upgrades after the door was closed. The price was ridiculous, though, and no one went for it.
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

According to https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/railuk-fares-ticketing-guide-section-4-excesses-upgrades-supplements.70374/#post-1185795 yes you can, and there is no penalty for doing so on-board. ...
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Checking in very early, how does that help in free or heavily-discounted upgrades?

I had checked out of my hotel that morning and imposed on a friend for that evening until around 22:00. So probably arrived at the check-in counter around 22:30. I had nowhere else to go and would ...
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Airline won't let me pay to upgrade due to purchasing original economy ticket via low-fares site - what's the logic in this?

BA (also One World) is consistently inconsistent about upgrading tickets booked through travel agents. Upgrading with Avios, 30% of the time, I get told I can't as it was 'booked through an agent and ...
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

Contrary to what others have said, there is no administration fee to pay to obtain an excess for a flexible but time-restricted ticket. That would only apply if you held an Advance ticket (i.e. fixed ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

Edelweiss allows you to upgrade from Economy to Business after boarding the plane. At least for short-haul flights, subject to seat availability. Payment can be done through credit card or debit card. ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

Air France/KLM allows upgrades on board by speaking to a flight attendant: UPGRADE LAST MINUTE ON BOARD You can even upgrade your cabin after boarding, subject to availability. Eligible airlines: ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

Scoot (Singapore Airlines' low-cost subsidiary) used to offer paid in-flight upgrades, but this was suspended in June 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.
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How do I know whether an airline seat upgrade at gate was free?

Airlines don't usually give someone a seat and send them a bill later. As you were not asked for payment, the upgrade was complementary. They do offer paid upgrades but in that case, they specify the ...
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Checking in very early, how does that help in free or heavily-discounted upgrades?

In the situation referred to, that would have been (e) but note that to be downgraded, the writer would have been travelling on a premium ticket of some form, and airlines are much more accommodating ...
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Etihad Airways: business class upgrade ignored; no refund yet

Airlines can be notoriously slow to provide refunds, as you have now realized. A month is frustrating, though not all that unusual, but you should at least be entitled to an explanation of when refund ...
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Can I ask for free upgrade at checkin or at gate?

I once asked for the emergency seat and they gave it to me. Better still, I didn't have anyone next to me. Flying Air New Zealand back to the UK so pretty high-stakes... Just before we took off, one ...
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Can you move to a seat that is unsold?

It may or may not work, YMMV. Sometimes they keep these seats reserved for crew rest, sometimes they explicitly want folks to sit in specific places for weight distribution. It's also something ...
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