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Flying international today with Lufthansa. I am a United Gold (hence star alliance gold). Lufthansa told me they can't upgrade me even though the seats may be empty. Ridiculous!

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Not even United would do that for you why would Lufthansa

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United does not offer free upgrades on international routes outside of the Caribbean. Highly doubt you got any previously. You need to use Global Premier Upgrades for that and lowly golds don't get them. Really should know how things works before complaining.

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Free upgrades is not part of Star Alliance privileges

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Lol "upgraded on United" later revealed to be to E+. Way to share only parts of the story that make your point OP. Know the policy

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OP is dumb

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UA and *A don't do upgrades on international flights. KPMG1 is right. The only way is with GPUs. And an "upgrade" to Eco plus isn't an upgrade, since they're same cabin, technically. Though that may be changing soon #racetothebottom

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Airlines are fucking evil

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Happened to me when I flew Alitalia. You have absolutely no privileges with star alliance for upgrades and such...only if you fly United.

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If you're flying Lufthansa why would they upgrade you?

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If the flight is oversold, they upgrade members based on the star alliance status. But since this one is not, they won't..

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OP you crack me up. "Oh there are empty seats, let me have them please". If they don't sell them they don't care, they want to protect their product and won't through around free upgrades for the hell of it

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Most international airlines don't upgrade for free unless the flight is over capacity. Even then, they will start by upgrading their own members first. They will, however, let you access their lounge and priority lines.

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@A1- economy plus is also an upgrade as per Lufthansa. Not as fancy though. The whole point here was - never book flight on a partner airline going forward. Peace out guys.

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@A1- United does that all the time.

Star alliance gold privileges should technically apply to all partner airlines. At least that's what is advertised. I don't see why would you leave a seat empty when you can assign that to one of your partner airlines members.

@KMPG1- don't be an ass. I have received economy plus upgrade with united on an international route with just silver. I was just questioning airlines strategy of not assigning empty seats. Why don't you shed some light on the logic behind that? And in case you are global services, I am sure you were not born with that status. Or were you?

I got upgraded both times I went to Amsterdam this year on United and was only Silver at the time...

You can use GPUs for Lufthansa

The only time you get upgraded to business or first (not counting economy plus as an upgrade, because it isn't on United) on international is if the flight's beyond capacity or you use a GPU, and that's only on United or Lufthansa.

lol economy +

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