Here’s a thread on FlyerTalk that will be of interest to many people: Confirmed – online upgrade offered to non-elite before Elite upgrades processed.
These kinds of discussions pop up all the time and most of them aren’t worth following. This one, though, includes a screenshot from AA.com and detailed “inside” info regarding the processing of the upgrade list.
Before sharing it, I decided to head over the the Traveling Better forum to see if JonNYC had commented on it, this is some of what he wrote, “This one will, indeed, be interesting. Since previous FT reports were [completely disproved, in this thread] ..but this guy has access to jetnet and is quite clearly [much better informed]- will be curious to see if any clarity or clarification can be brought to the subject.”
American has always sold Load Factor Based Upgrades (LFBU) to non-elite passengers at the airport check-in kiosk, but only a few hours before a fight and after the elite upgrade list cleared. If this is true, then something has changed. It’s certainly something to follow…
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