Using the Upgrade List to Determine If You’ll Make Your Flight?

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We learned a new “trick” Thursday night for figuring out your chances of getting on a flight. We had a flight from DC to Philadelphia, connecting to San Francisco. Philadelphia was experiencing crazy ground delays, so although our first flight was delayed more than an hour, there was a *chance* we would make it.

In-flight, Jeanne was checking FlightStats and the US Airways website constantly to figure out whether our connection would be delayed, as well as looking for other options that could get us out to the west coast that night. The connecting flight did show a slight delay and we were landing in Philadelphia earlier than expected. Fingers crossed!

The second we landed we were on our phones checking to see if our second flight had left yet. Then I happened to look at the upgrade list for our flight.

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The three upgrades that cleared were our seats.

Clearly US Airways didn’t think we were making that flight.

And last month we first discovered United had deleted our reservation minutes before boarding when my name disappeared off the upgrade list. So in addition to all the usual tools I use to figure these things out, I’ll be keeping an eye on the upgrade queue as well!


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