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post #1 of 5 Old 08-14-2005, 1:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tuesday, DWC and I are heading to Vegas to celebrate his graduation from college. We have coach tickets on American Airlines, and I was wondering about trying to get 1st class. When I flew with US Scareways to NYC, I flew on a buddy fair and was able to upgrade for $15 a leg by just asking. Is this a standard thing or was it because I was on a buddy pass? I usually travel Southwest and their Ninja-boarding, so dont have the opportunity to mess with first class.
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Honestly, I don't think you have much of a chance to upgrade. Without miles to burn or FF Status you would need to pay, and it will be a heck of allot more then $15 I believe. The only chance you have would be get there early and play the Grad angle at check in and hope the agent gives you an Op-up if they have availability. Good Luck
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it aint happenin UNLESS you take some sort of red eye flight on an off day. you guys need to kiss some serious ass when you get there and tell them this is the last time you are going to see your sweethearts in vegas because they are moving to iraq to help orphans

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it aint happenin UNLESS you take some sort of red eye flight on an off day. you guys need to kiss some serious ass when you get there and tell them this is the last time you are going to see your sweethearts in vegas because they are moving to iraq to help orphans
I see you get as many unexpected upgrades as I do... Actually AA has been very good to me but only after I reached Ex Plat, gold or plat didn't seem to even raise an eyebrow at checkin.
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Re: Need advice from seasoned travelers...

I used to love getting upgraded alot when I was in the Corps. I would show up to check in and they see the haricut, maybe wearing a USMC shirt or something else gets their attention and they ask if I am in the Marine's. Conversations would start and quite often that ticket ended up coming out with a first class seat number on it. Was refreshing to see some people would do little things like that cause they appreciated military people. But I haven't been on a plane since I got out almost 4 years ago since we have driven to everywhere we have travelled since then so I couldn't tell you if you could use the Grad angle or not.. Good luck.

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