Hi frequent travellers,
Do these tips really work? -snip- I just got a new job and am required to travel a lot but am only allowed to fly economy. Any tips on how to get upgrades would be helpful.
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To be honest l dont think there is ANY sure fire way to get an upgrade accept by coughin up the cash!
Join a frequent flyer programme and stick to an alliance of carriers - whether it be STAR ALLIANCE , ONE WORLD , or SKY TEAM.
These are the major alliances - if you fly frequently you will soon build up both your airmiles but also your membership miles which will upgrade your membership - silver and then gold where you can at least access airport lounges - this is a great perk especially on long haul travel - somewhere to work, rest, eat & drink and indeed freshen up (shower etc) in more peaceful surroundings than the main hub of the airport.
Im part of BA (One World) & bmi (Star Alliance) - bmi diamond club is excellent - members of a certain level get a complimentary drink and sandwich on flights, the lounges are good - they are quite generous with airmiles allocation (been a member for 4 years now and in that time lve collected enough to fly me to Australia & New Zealand last year!) - as part of Star Alliance they connect to a greater network of carrriers including United, Lufthansa, Singapore, Thai, Austrian, Swiss, SAS to name but a few.
We did get complimentary upgrade vouchers as part of a promo once which when you booked a ticket of a certain grade you could upgrade to the next class. Ive been upgraded on local domestic short hops (but to be honest whats the point you get a hot meal and a drink - back in economy l get a sandwich and a drink not much difference!) but never on long haul - although they will give us preferencial seating in economy and united put us automatically into Economy plus which gives you that bit extra leg room.
If you do come up with any sure fire tips ld be interested!
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 6, 2007, at 12:29 AM by Purdy ]
Don't check in via the web for a start.
It helps to be dressed reasonably well, and to simply ask.
My friend and her husband got upgraded on their honeymoon when the flight attendant told them they had 20 minutes to make their connection, only to discover (after racing through the airport) that they actually had 2 hours. Her husband, who is 6-foot-something and 250 pounds, gave the ticket agent a blast and she upgraded them in a second.
The moral being: bring a big, scary guy with you.
I have ONEWORLD partnership, (sign up for American Airline sif you do this as you easily reach premium status) I have been Executive Platinum for the last 4 years, Almost always get upgraded when flying on AA and can always use premium check in and lounges when flying in one world. Just stick to one of the alliances you are most likely to get booked on!