We don’t really like spending money unnecessarily on things unless it’s given to us for free. There is a sort of satisfaction in getting something freely because we get them only when we are worth it. And yes that can surely happen with everyone. You can get a free first-class upgrade from Economy to Business if you plan smart. We tell you everything that you must try to avail that (free) upgrade because we believe that you should experience it at least once so you know what to splurge on when you feel rich sometime in the future. So here are a few hacks to get upgraded freely to a first class. Scroll down and read on.
- Ask politely and directly.
You must have heard honesty is the best policy. Instead of getting mad or sad and throwing tantrums, and beating around the bush trying the airline staff to understand by luck, that you want an upgrade, just ask for it. Tell them that if they’re looking to upgrade someone, they should consider you. This way you might get upgraded freely to a first class.
- Demand one if you’ve been inconvenienced.
Please ask for an upgrade if you’ve been caused any kind of inconvenience. The airline should, most definitely, compensate if they know they’re in the wrong. All you have to do is ask. This way you have got major chances to get upgraded to a first class only if you remember the first point too.
- Be kind and offer your seat in an overbooked flight.
If you don’t mind giving up your seat when your flight is overbooked and killing a few hours lounging around at the airport, chances are that the airline is going to bump you up to first class on the later flight. Try and see. Being kind never hurt anyone! Perhaps this might get you upgraded to a first class too. So give it a try.
- Arrive really early or very late.
This is actually a polite trick to help you out to get upgraded to a first class. If you’re early try chatting up with the gate agents; building a rapport will help them remember you in case there are empty seats at the front of the plane. And if you’re late, and if it’s a perpetually overbooked flight, the agents are going to just put you there lest you miss your flight.
- Be loyal to the airline.
If you book your tickets directly through their website, eliminating all middlemen, and if you do it repeatedly, sticking to them like glue, you are bound to get noticed and valued. You’ll see how easy snagging upgrades will become. This way also you can get upgraded to a first class without any inconvenience and that is luck in itself.
- Dress well.
If you dress like a pauper, don’t ever dream of a first-class experience. Let alone actually getting an upgrade. So dress like you own the airline and who knows you might be given a chance to own a business class seat for a while, if not the entire aircraft. You know, first impressions always count. This might be a pure luck or might be based on your dressing and acting skills which will be an advantage so pray well to get upgraded to first class. This is again a little trick that you ought to play if you are desperate to get upgraded to a first class but hey, don’t reveal this to everyone till it goes to the ears of the people in the airlines.
- Use travel rewards cards.
Travel rewards credit cards are one of the things to totally own, where for a small annual fee, you get frequent flier miles (that you can redeem for a ticket) for every buck you spend, hotels you stay at, and airline tickets you book. And many offer enough bonus miles to get a free ticket as soon as you sign up. Isn’t this the best way to get upgraded to a first class?
So these were my little tricks to get upgraded to a first class without any much difficulty. Try it out the next time you book cheap flights and make sure to let us know about your experience in the comment section below and do not forget to like and share this article.