Fly discount first-class by knowing how to search and ask for “Y-UP” and “Q-UP” fares. [FareCompare]

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  1. tqbf says:

    Y-fares aren’t a secret; it’s just airline-speak for “full-fare coach”, defined as “the maximum you could possibly pay for a plane ticket, drunk and at gunpoint”. Last I checked, on several of the majors, a Y-fare was confirmably upgradeable at any frequent flyer level; they’re basically expense account code for “Business Class”. I’m not sure this is much of a “deal”, but if you were ready to fork over the cash for an actual full-fare first class ticket, maybe it is for you.