Doesn’t it seem like airlines keep on decreasing the amount of legroom on flights seemingly by the hour? Aren’t you getting tired of being crammed into an overbooked flight, with someone eating a greasy cheeseburger on your left and someone who smells like they haven’t showered in a month on your right? If so, then you need an upgrade to first class!
But first class is so expensive, you say. That’s true. However, if you know a few tricks of the trade, you might find that you’re able to scoop up a first-class seat on your next flight… For FREE!
If that sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. Plenty of people have cracked the code to getting first-class upgrades at seemingly the drop of a hat. What are their secrets? We’re going to tell you in the next 12 tips for getting a first-class upgrade! Let’s go…
1. Non-Peak Times
If your schedule is flexible enough to permit traveling turning non-peak times and on slower days, this will mean more open seats and more potential for getting a first-class upgrade.
2. Use Your Connections
Know someone who works with an airline? Maybe a family member, or maybe a friend? If so, then milk that connection for all it’s worth. Employees of airlines get incredible perks that they can often share with their friends and family.
3. Book Directly With the Airline
Rather than using a website like Orbitz to hunt for deals, book your flight directly through an airline’s website. Their systems will know that you did, and when it comes time to inquire about that upgrade, you’ll be treated as if you’re loyal to that specific airline.
4. Following Up
If you take the above advice, then be sure to keep an eye on your email. If your flight is overbooked, then the airline will be emailing you to see if you’re okay being bumped to a later flight while receiving a first-class upgrade…