Paid Upgrade is a way for customers to be upgraded to a better class for an attractive price. It is also a great way for companies to fill up unused higher classes that would otherwise be 'polluted' (Airline lingo for upgrading overbooked passengers for free so that they at least have a seat on the plane).
Air France reports results almost three times as good as forecast for its first roll out of the option. Starting this September it will be available as self service on www.airfrance.us. Air France targets long haul flights.
Alaska Airlines will be offering First Class Upgrade starting on December 1st. The option will be available 24h before departure and prices will be based on the flight mileage:
|One-Way Distance in Miles||Price|
|0 - 1,000||$50|
|1,001 - 2,000||$100|
|2,001 - 3,000||$150|
|3,001 and above||$250|