First Class for Free: How to Get an Airline Upgrade

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Every traveller has dreamed of turning left on a long-haul flight.

 

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Travel expert and elite flyer Gilbert Ott says there’s only one sure-fire way of getting that precious First or Business Class upgrade

‘Despite the (urban myth) advice, opting for oversold flights is really the only practical tip to get an upgrade,’ Gilbert tells Metro.co.uk.

‘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.

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‘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”‘.

‘My biggest successes were always during peak travel periods – the winter holidays, summer and spring breaks, times when planes are flying full and it’s chaos.

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‘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.’

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