How To Get Upgraded On A Flight
So you love to fly, and have been trying to figure how to get upgraded on a flight without having to pay the extra bucks. You are used to hearing that you have to accumulate a certain amount of frequent flyer miles, or have a special membership of some sort in order to get upgraded on a flight. All thought there is some truth to this; there are other ways to get upgraded on a flight. Here are some suggestions on how this can possibly be done. Even thought nothing is one hundred percent guaranteed, it is definitely worth a shot.
1. Use your connections. Utilize any family or friend employee discounts. If you know someone that works at an airline, or are always getting discounts, just ask. You may not get exactly what you want at first; but be persistent. Being persistent can really pay off.
2. Always Volunteer. If a flight is overbooked and the airline is looking for volunteers to get "bumped" to another flight, volunteer. In one way or another you will be well compensated. One of those ways could possibly be an upgrade on another flight.
3. Fly with a friend who is a member of a frequent flyers program. Their benefits may enable you to be eligible for a valid upgrade certificate.
4. Always complain. If you ever have a problem while booking a flight, have a bad customer service experience, you were misinformed, or even had a delayed flight, always complain and submit a comment form. Airlines are in the business of keeping customers satisfied, and more than likely, they will try to clean up any bad reports on their end to keep a good reputation.
5. Look like upgrade material. Dress to look like you belong in First class. You don't want your looks to keep you from getting an upgrade because a passenger had a causal look over your jeans and t-shirt, and was chosen to get an upgrade over you.
6. Always ask. If you see an empty upgraded seat available on your flight ask a flight attendant to be upgraded. If you encounter a problem with your seat, and you are extremely uncomfortable, or if you're having a problem with a fellow passenger, talk to a flight attendant about your situation. They just might have the authority or power to make it happen.
Nineteen percent of passengers that rarely fly get upgrades, so getting upgraded on a flight without paying the extra bucks is not impossible. You just have to take full advantage of every situation, and remember to always ask. No, not every time may these suggestions work, but you never know until you try. If there is availability for an upgrade, you want to make sure that you don't pass up that opportunity.