Ever wonder what an upgrade to Business Class might be worth? I’m not really willing to pay to upgrade but you can try to figure it out and place a bid, possibly scoring a bargain priced upgrade.
Earlier in the day I received an e-mail from Austrian Airlines related to social media which also celebrated reaching 200,000 Facebook fans. Congrats on the achievement I guess…
I scrolled a bit further down the e-mail and came across a pretty interesting way to possibly upgrade to Business Class.
Austrian has a program in place called Smart Upgrade, Your best way to Austrian Business Class at a bargain price.
Here is how it works:
With Smart Upgrade, you decide on how much you’d be willing to pay for the upgrade by placing a bid. 72 hours before your scheduled departure, you will be notified whether or not your bid was accepted.
According to Austrian: Smart Upgrade is available on Austrian long-range flights as well as on flights from and to Amman, Astana, Baghdad, Baku, Erbil, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Tripoli and Yerevan. In order to qualify for making a Smart Upgrade offer, your Economy Class ticket must be issued no later than 72 hours before departure.
While Kim, Lucas and I have flown Austrian, it was part of an award ticket booked through United. I had never heard of Smart Upgrade until earlier in the day. I was curious to find out when this offer first became available so I did a Google search.
This led me to an article from April 30, 2013 from the MailOnline- Now anyone can get from cattle class to business class: Airlines launch blind auctions for spare seats.
According to the article, Austrian Airlines followed Air New Zealand, El Al, Etihad and Virgin Atlantic in becoming the latest carrier last week to start auctioning upper-class seats to economy passengers.
So who’s interested in bidding their way into a Business Class seat? If you’ve tried out this feature on any of the airlines, I’d love to hear about your bid and if it got accepted.
Find out more about Austrian’s Smart Upgrade option HERE.