The arcane world of business class upgrade pricing is a mystery to me. Sometimes you can get a better upgrade price than you might have initially been expecting.
Recently I wrote how Finnair offered me an upgrade for €172 for a flight from London Heathrow to Helsinki. Since the aircraft was going to be an Airbus A321 with just the middle seat kept free, general consensus was not to bother.
A Better Upgrade Offer
My return flight from Helsinki to London is on the Airbus A330. This is an internationally configured aircraft, with lie flat seats in the business class cabin. Naturally, I would prefer to fly in those.
Since I know it’s good practice to regularly check for offers, I went in to my Finnair booking the other day. Lo and behold, I had the original offer for the London to Helsinki flight, but also one for the return!
For the 3 hour flight, the upgrade came out at €124, which is almost €50 less than flying the other direction. It is also in a far better seat, so overall there is far more value in doing this.
Naturally I took the offer, which actually comes out slightly cheaper as I’ll be refunded the pre-order meal I reserved for my economy class flight. It has been about 15 years since I took Finnair’s European business class, so it’s high time I did it again.
Getting a better upgrade price on a better aircraft is a total win as far as I am concerned. I had no idea whether it would happen or not, but I figured since there are more business class seats to fill on the larger plane, that perhaps I would get lucky, and I did.
Unfortunately, Finnair’s paid upgrades go into a non-revenue earning fare bucket, in this case U. This means I will only be awarded frequent flyer miles for the original cabin I paid for. That is a bit of a shame, as other airlines like British Airways will give you the full business class credit when you pay with cash. Even so, it’s not that big a deal as I’m not chasing status.
Have you ever upgraded with Finnair before? How much did it cost you? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Valentin Hintikka via Wikimedia Commons.
Finnair seat via Pinterest.