5 Ways to Get First Class Upgrade

5 Ways to Get First Class Upgrade

First Class UpgradeIf you rarely fly,still standing in a Que watching first class boarding hoping for a first class upgrade.

You may mistakenly believe that first class seats, also commonly known as business class seats, are only for the well too do.

They can be pricey, so only the rich must be able to afford them. Not so true. You may know that many of the people sitting in first class did not pay full price for their ticket. Some are relaxing in first class with a free upgrades from coach.  How does this happen?  How can you get an upgrade to first class?

Pay for a First Class Upgrade

When it comes to paying for an upgrade, you have a couple of options.  Most airlines allow passengers to upgrade their tickets to first class via a website.

If you constantly watch your flight details and know that first class is quickly filling, you may want to upgrade your seats in advance.  You could usually do this on airlines reservation porthole or over-the-phone with customer service.

Upgrade at the airport ticket counter.  When checking in, ask if there are first class upgrades available for sale.  If there are, purchase an upgrade.  They are usually cheaper at the airport and at the last minute.

When it comes to paying for your first class upgrade, you have two options.  You can pay the traditional way with a credit or debit card.

If you are an avid flyer and have accumulated frequent flyer miles, use these to pay for the difference.  While it seems like a hassle, you save more money than just using your miles to buy a first class seat.

Elite Status

Most airlines offer to gain two sets of points – award miles and status miles. Status miles are collected only to attain elite status for airline loyalty.

(and to get all the perks that come with it).

U.S. based airlines you need or a minimum of 25,000 points or 30 segments to qualify for the lowest tier of airline elite status. 25,000 points is roughly a round-trip from London to Sydney in a discount economy fare and 30 segments means 15 round-trip domestic economy flights.

Asking for a First Class Upgrade

Plane BoardingWould feel silly asking for a first class upgrade not if you get it, just ask.

Depends on how you ask, who, and when.  If you ask the airline representatives at the check-in counter, you will likely have to pay for your first class ticket.

These individuals specialize in making and changing reservations.  If you want a free upgrade to first class, wait until you are inside airport security.

This group of airline workers takes your tickets.  Before the flight boards, just ask if there are any additional first class seats available.  If there are, you may get a free first class upgrade.

Being Nice

When it comes to asking for a first class upgrade, whether you pay for it or want it free, be polite.Best behavior asking intelligently can be your best friend.  Even if first class seats are available, flight attendants are under no obligation to provide upgrades, especially free upgrades.

You must be polite.  Right now, most airlines have low approval ratings.  Customers are upset with the long lines, airport security, rules and restrictions, and high airfare.

Taking out their anger and frustration out on flight attendants and ticker counter staff.  Being polite not only puts a smile on their face, but it may get you an upgrade.

Volunteer look out for changes in seating

Could be hit or miss, You may find times when flight attendants must scatter the weight on a plane to balance it.

This is a safety issue. Small flights with first class, this could result in passengers from cattle class being put in first class for free.

Maybe situations, flight attendants ask for volunteers or seek out passengers flying alone.

If this happens on your flight, be one of the first to volunteer.  Since you are doing the flight attendants a favor by volunteering to relocate, you get a free first class upgrade.

The Bump or Getting Bummed

Some instances, getting bumped from a flight is an air travelers worst nightmare.  Not everyone is travelling to relax or see friends and family.  Many travelers are on a strict deadline and business.

Individuals flying to attend an important business meeting, see a sick relative, or attend a special event.

If you are travelling just because, offer to be the person bumped from an overbooked flight.  With that said, state you want something in return.

That is a first class upgrade Free .

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