For many travellers, paying up to $5000 or more for a business class ticket in order to better enjoy the flight simply isn’t an option. However, what very few people realize is that many air carriers will sometimes upgrade passengers from economy class for free – if they meet certain criteria.
Tips to upgrade on flight for free
In this article, I will pass on some of the things that the check in staff look for and require so that you can take advantage of the opportunities to get your upgrade for free. These five top tips are the ones mentioned by the check in staff of some of the best-known airlines, and are considered by many regular travellers to be the best chance you have of getting upgraded for free.
Tip Number 1: Look the part.
Make sure that you are presentable when you travel. There is very little or no chance of getting a free upgrade if you are wearing shorts and a scruffy t-shirt, so at the very least, check in wearing a shirt and pants. There is no need to go overboard and wear a suit – unless you really want to. The key is to look good, but not overdoing it.
Tip Number 2: Turn up early.
The check-in staff already know how many passengers are scheduled to fly before check time, so if there are seats to spare in business class, they will already know it.
Tip Number 3: Be Polite.
What if you were the ticket agent. Would you reward a person who gives you attitude and starts complaining, or someone who is friendly and polite. There may be 250 people in the line behind you, so make them remember you. Flirt, smile, use their name, be nice, and you may well get a pleasant surprise.
Tip Number 4: Be a Frequent Flier.
If you belong to an airline’s frequent flier program, you have a much better chance to be at the front of the line for an upgrade as the airline will want to repay you for your loyalty. Even if you do not fly regularly, go to the airline’s website and join their program online. It will only take a minute or two and is will really increase your upgrade chances.
Tip Number 5: Ask.
As they say that if you don’t ask for something, you won’t get it, so make sure you ask – but do it at the appropriate time. If the check in staff look stressed, and no amount of charm has elicited a smile, don’t bother to ask them, wait until you get to the gate. If the gate attendants have responded well, when they ask you if you want a particular seat number, be cheeky and say “Business Class” to them. You might just get lucky!