I am flying from ATL(Atlanta USA) to DXB(Dubai UAE) on August 30th - I have been checking on daily on the flights and each day there are around 5 seats open in 1st class up until take off when people get upgraded. As of now there are 30 open 1st class seats for my flight in August. I called Delta and asked them how much it would cost to upgrade on the day of, the lady told me it depends on the check in agent and how many seats are available..
So here's my question. The cost on purchasing the 1st class ticket now compared to my economy ticket is around $7250 more than what I already have purchased. So on the day of I know the prices will be much cheaper.. Assuming there are still the 3-8 open first class seats when I check in 3 hours before flight, does anyone have an idea of what the check in agent pricing will be? $500?, $1000? $2000? - Do they negotiate? I figure Delta would rather have $500 than give an upgrade to someone for free??
Thanks so much for your help everyone!!