First Class or No Class?

If you are interested in traveling in style, it always helps to fly first class.  Of course, with first class seating, you can expect to pay a premium.  At the end of the day, however, it’s worth it.

You don’t have to be wealthy to travel like the wealthy, though.  There are many ways you can get bumped up to first class status without having to fork over the extra dough.  Just keep in mind that none of this is actually guaranteed to get you that first class seating, though, it couldn’t hurt to try.

The following tips were taken from airtravel.about.com and you can read the entire article (including the remaining tips) on their site.

  • If you travel on a very empty flight where weight and balance is an issue the airline may require that some passengers be upgraded (best to have a seat somewhere in the middle of an aircraft for this)
  • If a flight is oversold and you are an infrequent traveler on a cheap ticket, volunteer to give up your seat – more likely to get upgraded if not on your original flight, then the one you have been rebooked on.
  • If a flight is oversold and you are an infrequent traveler on a cheap ticket, volunteer to give up your seat – more likely to get upgraded if not on your original flight, then the one you have been rebooked on.
  • A smile goes a long way. If you are nice as possible to the check-in and gate agents then sometimes if a flight is oversold and you just happen to be one of the nicest passengers that a check-in agent meets that day, they may put a comment on your passenger record such as “nice passenger if you need to upgrade”.
  • Don’t ask for an upgrade, especially if you aren’t a frequent traveler on that particular airline. Airline agents tend to be agitated by this.

These are just a few examples of what you can do to possibly get that coveted first class upgrade without paying the egregious fare.

If you have any tips or tricks, please let us know in the comments.

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