The other week, we wrote (access here) about Aegean’s Upgrade Challenge that is really a paid upgrade program managed by company called Plusgrade and what challenges one has when trying to get these flights credited.
SAS used to use Optiontown to handle their paid upgrades but switched to Plusgrade couple of years ago (their process is much better)
These Plusgrade options used to book into revenue fare classes on many if not most airlines. They have wised up and the upgrades usually no longer affect the underlying fare class that is used to award miles, however.
I did have a pleasant surprise with SAS earlier this month when crediting the flight to Aegean’s Miles+Bonus.
My Upgrade Offer:
If I try to upgrade, I always choose the lowest amount that you can bid.
The acceptance came through more than a day before of the scheduled flight.
I was surprised that the flight credited as an A booking class (SAS Plus) with double elite qualifying and award miles.
SAS Plus within Europe is not worth paying for because even the middle seat is not guaranteed free. You do get some snacks and used to get whatever you wanted from the paid bistro menu complimentary (not sure if this is still the case – slept through this flight).
Decided to test how SAS handles these Plusgrades and paid 48 euros to get this one flight upgraded.
SAS does have a lounge in Paris and upgrading could make sense for those that otherwise would need to pay to check a bag and don’t have Star Alliance Gold status for lounge access (remember that SAS won’t provide one at most outstations).