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Agreed. Paying for a Y ticket is much more likely to net you an upgrade. Your payment method means nothing. There is nothing in the PNR(Passenger Name Record) to denote you paid with a special card. That's not to say it's not possible, it's just not done. Working the airline loyalty game to get an upgrade on any sort of predictable basis is a whole side career in and of itself. However, it's not completely magic and random as the occasional traveler occasionally is led to believe. The class of fare paid is a big part, but your status, whether it be with that airline or the alliance they belong to, plays an equally large role. Those advice articles you read about dressing well and smiling at the gate agent are only going to help you if the flight is crazy overbooked in coach, crazy underbooked in business/first, and not a lot of elites are flying in coach. Yes, sometimes one gets lucky, but it's truly the exception.
All that being said, JFK to HKG for $2,800 is a cheap Y fare.
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