If you’re a corporate traveler and your company happens to book you into one of the semi-flexible Club World rates, you may be eligible for a first class upgrade when booking your ticket by January 29th for travel through March 22, 2013. Roundtrip flights booked in C, D, or R class are eligible and you must be a UK or Ireland resident to qualify (though one reader reports success after temporarily changing his address to his company’s London address). If you book the even more expensive fully-flexible J, you are eligible for the upgrade when booking all the way through March 22, 2013 for travel until April 14, 2013. Both offers are subject to availability. The upgrade offer is not eligible for bookings on BA’s website, all reservations must be made via a travel agent or by calling BA directly. Click here for full details

Terms and conditions – First class facilities listed may not be available on all our aircraft. This promotion is only open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a person resident in the United Kingdom and/or Ireland aged 18 years or over who books and travels on a Qualifying Flight. BA reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Eligible Participants. A Qualifying Flight: (i) is a published fully or semi flexible return fare in Club World on a BA mainline service departing from the UK; and (ii) must comprise of one sector in A class and another sector in either C, D (semi-flexible) or J (fully flexible) class (or on selected semi-flexible R class routes), and only on certain fare basis codes (see full terms and conditions on ba.com). The promotion does not apply to R class booking on certain routes. See full terms and conditions. Travel in C, D and eligible R classes must be booked between 7 January 2013 – 29 January 2013 and outbound travel must take place between 7 January 2013 – 22 March 2013. Travel in J class must be booked between 7 January 2013 – 22 March 2013 and outbound travel must take place between 7 January 2013 – 22 March 2013. For all fare classes, inbound travel must take place by 14 April 2013. Flights on BA’s franchisees or Oneworld alliance members are excluded with the exception of certain American Airlines and Qantas operated flights. Eligible Participants must request the upgrade at the time of booking. The upgrade is subject to redemption capacity in the First cabin on your chosen flight. All Qualifying Flights must be purchased and ticketed in UK&I and started and finished in the UK. This offer cannot be used for bookings on ba.com; bookings with this offer must be made with a travel agent or by contacting BA on 0844 493 0787.

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Truthiness January 27, 2013 - 1:11 pm

My old employer had this agreement set up with BA. Flights booked in biz (fully refundable) from JFK to LHR would be automatically upgraded to first. Those were the days. . .

Patrick W. January 27, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Tuthiness – I’m not sure that was a special agreement … We used to get the same deal: Book full fare business class SFO => LHR and we got complimentary upgrades to first on one segment. I was lucky enough to take advantage several times, and my understanding from our travel agent was that it was something BA offered, but perhaps only via travel agents.


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