All of us dream of magically being swept into first class seats on a plane for free because of some kind of mix-up, a check-in mistake or simple kindness from the airline.
Unfortunately, this dream rarely, if ever, becomes a reality.
But one travel expert and elite flyer has shared some tricks of the trade which he says are the only way to guarantee you have the best chance of getting that much-coveted upgrade.
We all think that unless we’re seriously rich, we’re never going to make it onto a first-class seat on a flight.
But according to Gilbert Ott, who was speaking to The Metro, that doesn’t have to be the case.
He says buying tickets for oversold flights is really the only way you stand a good chance of getting an upgrade.
He told The Metro: “One thing that’s consistent with oversold flights is that someone will need to be bumped, and when someone is bumped, they are owed compensation, an upgrade or both.
“That compensation can make a paid trip into a free flight, or provide a future free flight, and assuming there’s room up front on the next flight, it’s not at all uncommon to get the upgrade as a ‘thanks for being flexible’.
“Sometimes you can get lucky during peak business travel – Mondays and Thursdays when elite flyers are flying and airlines are happily booting a one-off paying customer to accommodate one of their 100k miles-a-year flyers.”
And as far for the traditional methods of getting an upgrade – like pretending you’ve been delayed or saying you’re on your honeymoon – Ott says don’t even bother.
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