AUSTRIAN has announced today that they are expanding their successful “Smart Upgrade” program to now include intra-European flights.

Until now, Smart Upgrade allowed passengers who had purchased Economy Class tickets for long haul flights to submit an auction-style bid in an effort to move to a Business Class seat.   After submitting bids online, passengers find out if they were successful 72 hours ahead of their scheduled departure.

Since the program began last year Austrian has received 23,000 bids so on the heels of this popularity so they’ve decided to expand the program to cover flights within Europe.