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10 ways to get bumped up to business

If you want to know how to get upgraded to first class – heck even business class – then take a look on how to make it happen:

1. Travel at quiet times

You’ve got a better chance of upgrading to business class by ‘booking a flight on bank holidays and at other times of the year when business users are less likely to fly, as the seats tend not to be taken up.

2. Spend lots of money

Sometimes you have to invest to get a return.

3. Be loyal to your airline

Another flight upgrade secret: simply join the airline’s loyalty program. Even if it’s at the lowest level, you’ll get rewarded first. Make sure you get a card for each partnership accordingly.

4. Be early for your flight

Your flight may only have one or two upgrade places available, so maximise your chances of bagging them by rocking up at check-in ten hours before the scheduled departure. If it backfires, you’ll have to kill a murderous amount of time in Starbucks,

5. Be late for your flight

Be late without reserving your seat: if you’re lucky and if the flight is overbooked, you might just be able to bag a premium class ticket.

6. Check your emails

Joe also recounts that Air France emailed him a couple of times on the day of departure offering a cheap (not free) upgrade. “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 no! So keep checking your emails even up to a couple of hours before you fly.”

7. Get mad

Losing your rag, depending on the situation can result in an up=garde especially if the airline isn in the wrong and they have overbooked your flight, this could backfire so be mindful

8. Be nice

Kindness pays, so pay it forward with interest and you could be in first class in the blink of a smile.

9. Dress up

And no, we don’t mean turning up at Stansted as the Blues Brothers. Leave the tracksuit at home and dress as if you’ve just been browsing the FT in the exec lounge – either full-on formal or business casual (pink herringbone shirt, beige chinos, tan brogues) does the job.

10. Try your luck

Don’t be afraid to ask for an upgrade, of course they could always say no but what have you got to lose? Dress well, be nice and smile sweetly and a please might just do it you never know.

Until da next Tyme

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