Have any of you got experiences to share with regard to the Brussels Airlines Plusgrade system (or any other airlines' Plusgrade system)? Here's my specific question: Any suggestions for how much I should bid for a Business Class upgrade on a 8-10 hour legs between Brussels and an African airport?
FYI - if you're not familiar with Plusgrade, here's what Brussels Airlines says:
LET'S GET YOU UPGRADED!
Plusgrade allows you to make an offer to fly in a higher cabin class and enjoy all its comfort and services!
From time to time, we have seats that become available at the last minute in our b.flex economy+ and b.business cabin, and rather than flying them empty, we're happy to put you in that seat!
I'm a big fan of markets and specific user fees, so I love the idea. I just don't have any idea how high (or how low) to bid.... Any insights (or war stories - successful or unsuccessful) are welcome.....
I have not tried this bidding process on any airline..in fact, this is the first I'm hearing of it.
I can share that I flew round trip Brussels Airlines from Brussels to Douala, 7 HRs each way. I was in business class and it was excellent. So, if the bidding is reasonable, I would recommend it.
painedplatinum so far, it looks like the bid prices are in the high-to-ridiculous-if-not-obscene range, but I'm going to keep an eye on it.
I find it extraordinary that bidding basically starts at 600 Euros - yikes!!!
It really makes me appreciate my free United global upgrade coupons. And, while I wish I could use them on other airlines, I never seem to have any leftover at the end of the calendar year....
I am guessing that if you bid the minimum, you'd be in. Just a question of how reasonable the minimum is.
I was recently invited to bid on a domestic first class seat, between $135 and $450 each way. This was just a few days before the flight. I ignored it. When I went to check in at the 24 hour mark, I was offered the upgrade for the minimum bid. I took it, and they even refunded me the difference for what I had originally paid for the economy plus product (this was on AA). It ended up being a good deal. So it's got me wondering if they would rather take some money from their sometimes customers rather than provide a last minute free upgrade to their more frequent flyers... they must estimate that they have nothing to lose.