Best Ways to Get an Upgrade To First Class
It’s still possible to get free or cheap flight upgrades to business or first class. We’ve got to admit that flying first class can make the hassles of air travel so much less. Who wouldn’t appreciate a glass of cabernet while waiting for everyone else to board? In this review, we’ll give you tips or secrets and Best Ways to Get an Upgrade To First Class!
One passenger recounts that an airline had emailed him a couple of times on the day of departure offering a cheap (not free) upgrade. He said “I’ve twice missed this because I didn’t check my emails close enough to departure. One of these times I had even called the airline to ask if they had any deals and they said none. So keep checking your emails even up to a couple of hours before you fly.”
2. Let Flight Attendants know if it’s a Special Occasion
If it’s your birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon, let the flight attendants know, and if you don’t get an upgrade, you just might get a free drink.
3. Get Mad (if Necessary) or Sad
Senior Marketing Manager Douglas Cook left it to his mom to get mad. Mom know best. Mother’s complaining and being mad at mistreatment and anything unfair can lead to something else. It’s either for good or not. But in Douglas’ case, they ended up on a Singapore Airlines flight in first class, which as you might imagine was lovely, as it left earlier and made good time.
If you get desperate, resort to emotional blackmail. Tika Larasati, Influencer Marketing Manager, advises: “Tears of a drama queen can work, either out of sympathy or to get you away from the other passengers. I guess when your hamster dies, it won’t work.”
4. Travel Solo
There is a greater chance that just one or two seats will be available in first class. If you frequently travel with co-workers, your odds of getting singled out are slim. Instead, fly by yourself to improve your chances.
If the flight has fewer passengers, chances are no one will be moved up. Airlines are more likely to upgrade people to make room on flights they oversell.
6. Ask For It
Sometimes if you want something, all you have to do is ask. When you check in, say to the agent: “If you are upgrading passengers on this flight, I would like to be considered.” Be sure to smile. Many of the people gate agents deal with complain; you’ll stand out if you’re friendly and polite. As a former flight attendant advised: “Be nice to everybody from the moment you walk on airport property. You’re talking to people who are decision makers.”
And of course the most obvious way…
Even if you don’t travel often, it doesn’t hurt to become a member of an airline frequent-flyer club. You’ll often receive upgrade opportunities, and if agents are looking to move someone, they could look to their list of members first.
Pro Tip: You can also try looking to book your flights with cheaper business and first class offering using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.