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Has anyone upgraded the international portion of their flight to economy plus? If so, from where were you coming and what did it cost?<p>Thanks,<br>Steve
 

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Corp Travel should be able to answer that for you. The last customer I had upgrade to EP was last winter. At that time it was $300 from Dulles(DC) to Copenhagen. <br>If you are leavingfrom Seattle...you will be going through Chicago and probably to Stockholm or Copenhagen. I have no idea what the charges are now for that flight.<br>When you are travelling may affect things too. Winter rates are lower than summer rates. <br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>universityvolvoOSD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Corp Travel should be able to answer that for you. The last customer I had upgrade to EP was last winter. At that time it was $300 from Dulles(DC) to Copenhagen. <br>If you are leavingfrom Seattle...you will be going through Chicago and probably to Stockholm or Copenhagen. I have no idea what the charges are now for that flight.<br>When you are travelling may affect things too. Winter rates are lower than summer rates. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, Corporate Travel is the place to ask about upgrading the tickets.<p>Bob, Seattle is an SAS hub so they should be flying direct from Seattle to Copenhagen on SAS.<p>William
 

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The rub with asking them is that I haven't bought the car yet. I'm still evaluating the options. I'm 6'3 with bad knees and international flights are rough without a little extra space. Ordinarily I use miles, etc. Alas, I'm an AA guy. Heck, I'm not sure that they even allow United people to use their miles.<p>In any case, yes; I would be surprised if they didn't route me SEA-CPH-GOT.<p>To answer the other question we would be hoping to go middle to end of September (essentially right after the 28 day period would allow).<p>Any other info people have would be great.<p>Cheers,<br>Steve
 

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Corp. Travel told us that we could not upgrade the Volvo tickets. Not with miles, not with $$$. Maybe it is different in summer (we traveled in early June), and there's probably always a way, but we didn't persue it further. Our experience wasn't bad, but I'm not 6'3" either!
 

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OK here is what happened to me. I am 6'9" tall so Economy seats were really out of the question (but would have delt with them anyways since I am cheap <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> ). I got the exit rows for our first trip over (Oct 03). The second time we did it (July 05) we tried to get the exit row but since it was the middle of summer the plane was pretty full already. When we got to Chicago, we went to the SAS counter and asked if there were any exit economy row seats available since I am 6'9" tall. We were very nice about it and was told that there were none available. Than the guy behind the counter went in back for a second and brought up a manager and asked if this was ok? And what he did was upgraded us for free to Economy plus which was very nice. Now, coming back was a different story. We arrived in Copenhagen and I went up to the counter and asked once again if there were any exit row seats available. And once again there were none. So this time I asked if I could get a free upgrade to Economy Plus and with alittle bit of an attitude, he said yes but next time just buy the Economy plus seats. I said this is what my company provide me and I will ask for the upgrade next time. And I got upgraded again for free. <p>Now, I am not saying that this will work 100 percent BUT it did work this time. While on the plane I walked back to my other seat that was orginally assigned to me and it was full. So maybe the plane was oversold and the upgrade was no big deal at the time. If you want a guaranteed seat, buy one but if you want to take the chance, give this a try. I am guessing that you could buy the upgrade at the airport as well. <p>Good luck,<p>Tom
 

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I asked Marge (Corp Travel) back in June, how much to upgrade and she said $600 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> So I passed. At 6'3" it may be worth it to you though. Accomodations are a little tight in economy.
 

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Jack...<p>In your case...there may not have been any upgraded seats available...in other words ..they were sold out. This is one of thebig reasons I tell people thatIF you want to do an OSD in summer....get started early, so you can avoid these types of issues.<p><br>So...scs32....you can try Tom's method, which does work in many cases. My experience has been that you will have better success with a gate/ticket counter upgrade if you are travelling mid-week vs a friday/sat/sun.<p>I am 6'2" and all legs, with some lower back issues when I sit too long, so I know what you mean about the legroom. Here's are some suggestions:<br>* try to get an aisle seat so you can strecth at least one leg.<br>*get up and walk every 75-90 minutes<br>* I have actaully gone to the rear of the plane (on the Airbus 330) where the flight attendants hang out <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ...and stretched out my hamstrings and lower back. <br>* if all that doesn't work...just have a few <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> and sleep! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Just kidding! I know your flight from Seattle is twice as long as mine from the east coast.<p>Most importantly....don't wait around if you want to travel in sept. If you can put it off till mid oct though...your chances for an upgrade may improve.
 

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When we went in Oct '04, I believe it was $1200/ea for Business Class.<p>It was great, but spoiled us forever. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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So now I just have to decide<p>a) $1600<p>or<p>b) 10 mg of Ambien and an a hard blow to the head<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The Ambien should do the trick...don't hurt yourself! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Flight upgrade question (scs32)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scs32</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Has anyone upgraded the international portion of their flight to economy plus? If so, from where were you coming and what did it cost?<p>Thanks,<br>Steve</TD></TR></TABLE><p>International flight was out of SEATEC and it was 300.00 each way. Well worth it.
 

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Yup, you can usually pay $200-$300 for the upgrade to Economy Extra (as SAS calls it). You get a footrest, more leg room and more shoulder room as well. Plus you get to board the flight with folks flying business. It is definitely worth it. I fly SAS a lot, in fact I just flew home to Norway, and I paid extra for the upgrade. Do it!!<br>If you are planning on using United miles to upgrade, I have some bad news. You can't do it. Believe you me, I have tried!<p>SAS long haul fleet is very impressive (from SEA it is always an Airbus A340-300). Everyone gets their own TV where you'll have many movie choices, or you can play some games (I like the trivia one), or just watch the two different camera angles - down or staight forward ( a lot of fun when landing).<br>Be cautious about waiting with an upgrade to you get to Seatac. The SEA-CPH flight is usually always full.<br>I hope you enjoy the OSD. It should take 6 weeks to get your car back to Seattle once it leaves Europe ( I recommend dropping off at Bremerhoffen, Germany or at the factory). It was a great experience. Check out either KillerB's or my pictures from our trips (about the same time last fall)<br>Just walking around Bremerhoffen is pretty cool. There were 50,000+ cars there coming or going from around the World.<br>
 

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The corp travel person quoted me $400 per person per direction. At $200 it's a no brainer. At $400 I actually start to think about it.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scs32</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The corp travel person quoted me $400 per person per direction. At $200 it's a no brainer. At $400 I actually start to think about it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Probably an increase. It's worth it. It would be worth it if it was 500 each way. Believe me and flybynight....and get the upgrade. It's like a 9 hour flight and you want to be as comfortable as possible. My friend skipped out on the upgrade when he went with me on the OSD trip. He sat for 9 hour in the rear of the plane in the middle row seating.....right next to the crying baby. I was up front sipping alcohol enjoying the flight... man did that keep flowing the entire flight. Even got some shut eye. Also, there is power outlets in the flex and business class sections.<p>I would request the front row of the flex section... and the seats next to the window from Travel Corp. You have even more leg room and you won't have any neighbors. I had the window seat right behind that row and it looked pretty comfortable.<p><br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I fly SAS a lot, in fact I just flew home to Norway, and I paid extra for the upgrade. Do it!!<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hey flybynight<p>Do you think it's cheaper for him to go thru SAS than thru Travel Corp? You could upgrade your tickets as soon as Travel Corp cut them...right?<p>Sorry, figured you were the one for this since you spoke of flying with them often.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Hey flybynight<p>Do you think it's cheaper for him to go thru SAS than thru Travel Corp? You could upgrade your tickets as soon as Travel Corp cut them...right?<p>Sorry, figured you were the one for this since you spoke of flying with them often.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>When I booked my flight in May, SAS was running a special of $200 for the upgrade. I would start by checking SAS' website. Doesn't corporate travel charge for every little thing they do?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>When I booked my flight in May, SAS was running a special of $200 for the upgrade. I would start by checking SAS' website. Doesn't corporate travel charge for every little thing they do?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes..30 dollars here... 30 dollars there. Corp racks in money at an unreasonable cost... well maybe not at an unreasonable price since the 2 tickets are free, but you know what I mean. That's kind of why I was thinking outside the box. <p>I would go that route if he got the order in early enough. I bet you it would be cheaper than the 400.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Probably an increase. It's worth it. It would be worth it if it was 500 each way. Believe me and flybynight....and get the upgrade. It's like a 9 hour flight and you want to be as comfortable as possible. My friend skipped out on the upgrade when he went with me on the OSD trip. He sat for 9 hour in the rear of the plane in the middle row seating.....right next to the crying baby. I was up front sipping alcohol enjoying the flight... man did that keep flowing the entire flight. Even got some shut eye. Also, there is power outlets in the flex and business class sections.<p>I would request the front row of the flex section... and the seats next to the window from Travel Corp. You have even more leg room and you won't have any neighbors. I had the window seat right behind that row and it looked pretty comfortable.<p><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm 6'4" and 250lbs had no issues in Coach, we sat in row31 EF in the center with passengers on either side. Inflight entertainment was great and kept me occupied, also slept for half the flight so I didn't need a power outlet at my seat and didn't bring a laptop either that I would have to keep track of. On the return trip we got lucky and received row23 AB an exit row with about 7' of leg room. Down side was it is at the bank of lavatories so when we reached altitude I had my toes stepped on, then before and after each drink and meal service again there were 5-7 passengers crowded in front of us waiting to use the can. Also so close to the Lavatories you get a little more smell, not nice during meals <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>You got lucky in Flex plus while your friend got stuck with a crying child, that is not always the case either, I've seen business passengers suffer with unruly teens and upgraded families with small childeren in Business and First class. Parents who travel with small children up to 6yrs should consider a light sedative from their Pediatrician administered a few hours before takeoff, it will make the flight so much less stressful for the parents and other passengers, the child will wake up about the time the flight begins its descent so they can walk off well rested. You don't get a histerical child during turbulence or one that runs up and down the isles all throught the flight, wish more adults would be more considerate of others?
 
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