Your experience in finding out successful Upgrademe Bid

By dennismel | Mar 13, 2018, 03:32 PM
Hi All,
I've submitted 4 x upgrade me bids for MEL - HKG (2 of us , each way) . In your experience, how long prior to the flight were you notified of your success? I understand virgin say between 5 days and up to 2 hours prior to though I'm curious. Thanks in advance.
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By StuParr | Mar 13, 2018, 04:04 PM
when i used it, it was 48 hours prior.
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By dennismel | Mar 13, 2018, 04:20 PM
when i used it, it was 48 hours prior.

Thanks Stu.
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By CityRail | Mar 14, 2018, 06:48 AM
Hi All,
I've submitted 4 x upgrade me bids for MEL - HKG (2 of us , each way) . In your experience, how long prior to the flight were you notified of your success? I understand virgin say between 5 days and up to 2 hours prior to though I'm curious. Thanks in advance.

Hi Dennis,

May I ask what fare that you booked so you were able to receive the Premium bid? Was it Elevate or Freedom?
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By dennismel | Mar 14, 2018, 09:09 AM
Hey CityRail!
Elevate fares though I'm Platinum (if that helps in your answer at all)
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By Saffy22 | Mar 14, 2018, 03:30 PM
I've only used it domestically, always 48- 24 hrs before. Usually I see the money gone from my CC before I get the Success email. I have about a 90% success rate getting the upgrades. Always bid very close to the minimum. I am Gold so I figure they're better off giving me the seat, than someone who wouldn't get lounge access anyway.
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By CityRail | Mar 14, 2018, 03:34 PM
Hey CityRail!
Elevate fares though I'm Platinum (if that helps in your answer at all)

Thank you Dennis! This helps (It seems that I might be able to get some upgrades to business for my next trip to Hong Kong then)

May I ask how much is the minimum bid for the upgrade?
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By dennismel | Mar 14, 2018, 04:07 PM
Hey CityRail!
Elevate fares though I'm Platinum (if that helps in your answer at all)

Thank you Dennis! This helps (It seems that I might be able to get some upgrades to business for my next trip to Hong Kong then)

May I ask how much is the minimum bid for the upgrade?

Hey CityRail
$520 per person - each way. That is the minimum . I went a little higher than that as I got the fares at a really good price. This is the first time I've used the feature as I burnt a large amount of points for another trip. Good luck. I'll let you know how it goes!

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By CityRail | Mar 14, 2018, 08:52 PM
Hey CityRail!
Elevate fares though I'm Platinum (if that helps in your answer at all)

Thank you Dennis! This helps (It seems that I might be able to get some upgrades to business for my next trip to Hong Kong then)

May I ask how much is the minimum bid for the upgrade?

Hey CityRail
$520 per person - each way. That is the minimum . I went a little higher than that as I got the fares at a really good price. This is the first time I've used the feature as I burnt a large amount of points for another trip. Good luck. I'll let you know how it goes!


Thank you Dennis.

Elevate fares are doing about $900 return.
If you add the minimum bid to business and is successful, the ticket is only about $2000 all up, which is around the same as Premium Economy on SQ/CX.

I think it is a very good deal!
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By StuParr | Mar 14, 2018, 10:26 PM
when i used it, it was 48 hours prior.

Thanks Stu.

My pleasure, good luck and enjoy the trip
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By deegee93 | Mar 15, 2018, 08:48 AM
I’ve only done it successfully on domestic routes but about 48 hours from an elevate ticket as VA gold
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By Journeyman | Mar 19, 2018, 11:20 PM
Not worth it unless your flight is over 3 hours.
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By bl5965 | Mar 26, 2018, 11:57 AM
I was notified 3 days prior, as a Platinum member on a Getaway fare, $10 above the minimum bid.
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By dennismel | Apr 03, 2018, 01:41 PM
Hey CityRail!
Elevate fares though I'm Platinum (if that helps in your answer at all)

Thank you Dennis! This helps (It seems that I might be able to get some upgrades to business for my next trip to Hong Kong then)

May I ask how much is the minimum bid for the upgrade?

Hey CityRail
$520 per person - each way. That is the minimum . I went a little higher than that as I got the fares at a really good price. This is the first time I've used the feature as I burnt a large amount of points for another trip. Good luck. I'll let you know how it goes!


Thank you Dennis.

Elevate fares are doing about $900 return.
If you add the minimum bid to business and is successful, the ticket is only about $2000 all up, which is around the same as Premium Economy on SQ/CX.

I think it is a very good deal!


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