OK, we all would like upgrades, but they are difficult to get. I have often had SFU on a ticket, but it has never come to anything. So, a question, I know there are certain things you can do to increase the chances, such as not ordering a special meal, traveling singly or as a couple etc. Are there any other things that can help that anyone knows of? We are traveling with virgin who are not very generous at giving out upgrades, and I know it is not worth asking (and I am not complaining, traveling there economyu and back PE, so we pay fr what we want, but you never know). Does checking in online make any difference, esp if upgrades are given out at the gate, or if it is an operational one decided in advance will online check in invalidate that?