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Was upgraded to delta one on an international flight this weekend even though the web site you can’t get status upgrades on international. What happened and how can I make it happen again?

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They sold all economy seats but not 1st, so they upgraded you so they could sell one more. They generally give the upgrade to random people, not based on status, in my experience

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New business/status traveller so I hope this isn’t a dumb question

It’s called an operational upgrade. You can try and put yourself on flights that look full or use expert flyer but really just a crap shoot

Ahhhh ok. Not as exciting as I was hoping but that makes a lot of sense Thanks guys.

Operational upgrades happen to me 75% of my ATL-LHR flights as a delta diamond. I’ve never had one coming back from LHR.

pretty sure those upgrades are based on ticket price first. so if you bought a full Y fare and they are almost booked on economy but have lots of space in business, they might bump you to business to sell the economy seat if they won’t sell the business one anyway

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