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For many travellers, spending $5000 or more for a business class ticket in order to fly in greater comfort is not affordable.  But, what not many people realize is that most airlines 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 loopholes and get placed in first class at no cost to you.  These five top tips come direct from the ticket agents of some of the best-known airlines, and are considered by many regular travellers to be the best chance you have 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 go overboard and wear a suit – unless you really want to.  The key is to look smart, but not overdoing it.

Tip Number 2:

Check in early.

The check-in staff already know how many passengers are scheduled to fly before check time, so if there are extra seats 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  causes you grief, 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 get a pleasant surprise.

Tip Number 4:

Be a Frequent Flier.

If you join an airline’s frequent flier program, you are far more likely to be rewarded with an upgrade because the airline will want to reward you for your loyalty.  Even if you do not fly regularly, go to the airline’s website and join their program online.  It will only take a minute or two and is will really increase your upgrade chances.

Tip Number 5:


As they say that if you don’t ask for something, you won’t get it, so make sure you ask – but do it at the appropriate time.  If the check in staff look stressed, and no amount of charm has elicited a smile, don’t ask them for an upgrade, 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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