In an ideal world, I’m sure most people would prefer to fly first class and stay in über luxurious 5* hotels when they go on holiday, but in reality, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to travelling the world, and if you’ve paid for an economy class flight tickets and a standard hotel room, that’s exactly what you are going to get… or is it?
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Well, flight and hotel upgrades happen all the time, and while a certain amount of luck will help you get bumped up to business class or upgraded to superior accommodations, there are a few insider tips that you can learn to give yourself a better chance when checking in.
If you are heading away for some winter sun this year, give these Top Tips on getting an upgrade a go!
Dress to Impress
First impressions are everything, and if you want to be considered for a flight upgrade, you need to dress for success. Smart casual is key, so leave the track suit and trainers at home, and opt for some smart but comfortable trousers, a shirt, and a jumper or jacket when heading to the check in desk. If you’re booked on a long-haul flight, you can always change into something more comfortable on board, and if you are lucky enough to get into first class, most airlines provide free PJs!
During a recent survey, airport check in staff said that they were more likely to offer an upgrade to people who smile. Presenting a professional demeanour can do wonders too, so stay cool, calm and collected, keep if friendly (without being OTT!), and you may just get that golden ticket.
Join Frequent Flyers Clubs
Every airline has one and they want you to be a member, so sign up for their Frequent Flyer Clubs and collect membership points. Unless you travel regularly, you will probably never accumulate enough points for an upgrade, but flying club members are more likely to be offered an upgrade than non-members.
Point Out Special Occasions
If you are travelling on Honeymoon or to celebrate a special occasion such as a milestone Birthday or Anniversary, let the airline know. They may not act on it, but if you are lucky, you could get a glass of bubbly, or even an upgrade, it has happened before!
Not always practical, I know, but studies show that Solo Travellers are more likely to get an upgrade than those travelling with other people. If the airline has plenty of empty seats up front, they will also offer an upgrade to couples, but if you’re travelling in a group, the chances of you been moved up front are slim. So ditch your friends and travel alone… 😉
Never Ask for an Upgrade!
No matter how desperate you are to travel in Business or First, the golden rule is DO NO ASK FOR AN UPGRADE! It doesn’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried, and failed miserably several times! Smile, be polite, and cross your fingers and toes that the check in assistant is in a good mood!
Of course, the only way to guarantee you’ll travel in first class is by purchasing a first class ticket, but give the above a go! You might just find yourself turning left when you get on the plane… and wouldn’t that be a wonderful start to your holiday!