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For many travellers, spending $5000 or more for a business class ticket in order to better enjoy the flight is not affordable.  But, what not many people realize is that many air carriers will sometimes upgrade passengers from economy class for free – if they meet certain guidelines.

In this article, I will pass on some of the things that the gate attendants look for and require so that you can take advantage of the opportunities to get placed in first class at no cost to you.  These five top tips come direct from the check in staff of some of the best-known airlines, and are considered by many regular travellers to be the holy grail of getting something for nothing.

Tip Number 1:

Look the part.

Make sure that you are dressed smartly 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 overdo it and wear a suit – unless you really want to.  The key is to look good, but not like you’re trying too hard.

Tip Number 2:

Turn up early.

The check-in staff know exactly how many passengers are scheduled to fly before check time, so if there are seats to spare in business class, they will know right away.

Tip Number 3:

Be Polite.

Suppose you were the one checking people in for the flight.  Would you reward a person who gives  a hard time, or someone who is friendly and polite.  There may be 250 people in the line behind you, make yourself stand out in a good way.  Flirt, smile, use their name, be nice, and you may well win the upgrade contest.

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 doesn’t take very long and is well worth the effort.

Tip Number 5:


As they say nothing ventured, nothing gained, so make sure you ask – but do it at the appropriate time.  If the check in staff look stressed, and they haven’t responded to your nice guy approach, 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 have any specific seat request, be cheeky and say “Business Class” to them.  It might just work!



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