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I'm not totally sure about how seating upgrades work when you buy a ticket with a non-airline-branded travel card (Like a Platinum, CSP, or Arrival+). I'm not talking about making a purchase with a Hawaiian Airlines or AAdvantage card, or transferring MR or UR points into a program, or even making a purchase directly through a FF program.
I'm talking about going through a service like Travelocity or going onto an airline's website and buying a coach ticket with a Platinum, CSP, or Arrival+ on a standalone basis - not part of a loyalty program.
I know those cards won't get free checked bags, but would any of those cards likely earn an automatic upgrade to business class or some sort of 'enhanced coach' class? My understanding is that the Platinum would, but I don't know about the others.
I understand the fee may depend on supply and demand for each flight, but do any cards regularly earn free upgrades?
If there is an automatic upgrade, would you just get it by asking at the counter by the gate right before the flight? Would you get an email from Amex/Chase/Barclaycard saying "hey, we were able to get you a nicer seat"? Or, when you checked in at the airport kiosk before security, would it just offer you the upgrade then?
Or does the process vary widely by airline/card?
Or does it usually only work by buying a business class ticket and then getting a rebate through the credit card for the difference between business and coach?
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