Want to Fly First Class? 10 Ways You Can Upgrade Your Seat
No man has ever said I really love flying economy in the middle seat. The best upgrade list worth getting on is at the airport. Lying first class is a luxury but often super expensive and not worth the money. There are some loopholes you can use to your advantage. Here are 10 tips to secure a first-class airline ticket upgrade.
1. Be loyal to one airline - most people sign up for frequent flyer programs, but the logic behind this doesn't pay off as big as it could. If you sign up for every frequent flyer or loyalty program you might save many across-the-board you would think, but that's not really the case. Instead of being a frequent flyer member who accepts a handful of miles on an individual airline, focus all your efforts on being loyal to one airline. The tickets may cost a bit more but the long-term benefits of stockpiling miles for one company can upgrade your travel to first class.
2. Arrive late/early - arriving 30 to 60 minutes prior to your flight sporting is recommended seeing as it takes time to check baggage and go through security and make your way to the gate. However if you got time to spare on a given day arriving even earlier allows you to chat with the gate agent or customer service representative. During this time you can Chat casually and inquire about the status of upgrade opportunities. You also help yourself out because if you arrived late in the flight is overbooked you'll be bumped to a later flight.
3. Travel during slow times - flying during certain weeks and times of the year is popular and expensive. If you have any flexibility in regards to your travel dates try to book them during the middle of the week and fly at dawn or dusk or take the redeye. Because these are unpopular days and times, the chances of empty seats in first class is greater than usual. Low travel periods include the period between Thanksgiving and the week of Christmas because fewer people choose to travel between the two major holidays. The period in January after New Year's week is also low and late August because summer is coming to a close the school is starting back.
4. Complain about something - no one likes a guy is always complaining about something but if you're warranted taking the time to write the airline might payoff. Sometimes they go out of their way to please the customer ensure you will continue to come back to use our service. Complaining to the airline about any shortcomings is a first step to first class accommodations.
5. Book through the airline website - sites like Orbitz, Expedia and Hotwire are great for comparing prices but not so great for actually booking your flight. Use the search engine tools to make sure you go to the airlines website to actually make your reservation. The airline system will recognize you as having had booked on their site when it's time to check in and you'll be treated as a loyal customer.
6. Check emails after booking - don't ignore the follow-up emails after you booked your flight and consider them unimportant. The airline will know ahead of time whether the flight is overbooked and offer you more aggressive discounts for those wishing to upgrade to first class. Of course the airline is unable to email customers who used a third-party travel-booking site so you'll be one of a small minority of people receiving these emails for your specific flight. Regardless of who sits where, the airline has to take off a set schedule so the closer and overbooked flight gets to departure time, the more dressing discounts are applied first class upgrades.
7. Use a travel rewards card - we all use credit card so why not make one of the benefits of using them a travel rewards credit card. Rewards are great way to stockpile frequent flyer miles without necessarily having to travel.
8. Phone a friend - friends and family benefits sure do have their perks and deep discounts could be one of them. Employees of airlines receive great perks, including the ability to fly standby for free throughout the year and access to the airlines passenger systems. If you don't know someone who works for an airline, it's time to make a friend. They can also help you get one of those coveted first class seats also.
9. Fly solo - it's a no-brainer that flying by yourself makes you more nimble in terms of where the airline is able to move you on the aircraft. Trying to accommodate a family of four isn't going to happen but if you're traveling alone is worth asking about an upgrade for any lingering seats that might still be available in first class.
10. Fly on your birthday - don't underestimate the power of a friendly conversation with the gate agent, flight attendant, or pilot. Whether you're sitting next to them at the gate or at a standstill as soon as you enter the plane during the boarding process, this is the perfect time to mention any sort of special occasion, like your birthday, anniversary, or graduation celebration.