We all wish we could fly first class all the time. We all stare, green with envy, as first class passengers waltz in front of us and nestle down into their plush seats before sipping champagne on tap in front of a plasma screen. How we wish we could be like those executive travellers who don’t need to fight their neighbour for legroom or force down some congealed plane slop come mealtimes. Other than forking out for a first-class seat, there is no magic formula for being able to travel first class all the time. However, there are tricks and tips that you can learn that will help you get that coveted free upgrade. The Secrets of a First Class Traveller e-book is here to help with that.
Being treated to an upgrade on your flight is usually the result of having the perfect combination of skill, loyalty, and luck. With that in mind, a free upgrade is very rarely actually free. It is instead a reward for having spent a lot of time and money on the airline over the years. Nevertheless, nothing beats the feeling of getting to the front of the check in queue only to be told you’re being bumped up a class or two. In fact, it might be the single greatest feeling you could ever have in an airport.
Before we start dissecting what it means to be loyal and skillful, let’s take a look at what first class is and how it has been designed. Airlines cater to all kinds of travellers, from the lowest budget backpackers to executive business travelers who fly all over the world on a regular basis. The airline knows that the latter kind of traveller is willing to pay more to be able to sleep comfortably on the plane and to have somewhere luxurious to sit while they wait for their flight. With this in mind they created the ultra luxurious first class cabin. Here you will find beds, showers, gourmet food, and even a bar depending on which airline you’re flying with. First class travelers are treated like royalty because that is what they are paying for.
So, what do you need to do to ensure you have the requisite skill and loyalty to nab one of these wonderful seats? Loyalty is self-explanatory. The more you fly with an airline and the more of your money you have handed over to them, the more willing they will be to reward you. This is their way of acknowledging your custom and encouraging you to carry on booking flights with them in the future. The skill part is a little harder. Upgrades often only come in single form, meaning you are best poised to get an upgrade if you are travelling on your own.
You are also more likely to get an upgrade when economy is overbooked and they have no choice but to squeeze someone into first class in order to get everyone on the plane. With this in mind, flying busy routes at busy times can increase your chance of an upgrade.
These tricks are just the tip of the iceberg. There are all kinds of things you can do to boost your chances of a free upgrade. If you want to learn more about how to do this, get your hands on a copy of this e-book and start living like a first-class traveller today.