first_imgIf you want to know how to get upgraded to first class – heck even business class – then take a look at our top tips on how to make it happen: 1. Travel at quiet timesLynn Unick, a growth manager at Skyscanner, reckons you’ve got a better chance of upgrading to business class by ‘booking a flight on bank holidays and at other times of the year when business users are less likely to fly, as the seats tend not to be taken up. Read more about the best and cheapest times to book a flight with our handy guide.2. Spend lots of moneySometimes you have to invest to get a return. Another Skyscanner frequent flyer says: “My wife and I got upgraded when we moved here from the US on BA. Not sure why, but we think spending $1600 on baggage fees helped.”3. Be loyal to your airlineAnother flight upgrade secret: simply join the airline’s loyalty program. Even if it’s at the lowest level, you’ll get rewarded first. Make sure you get a card for each partnership accordingly.4. Be early for your flightYour flight may only have one or two upgrade places available, so maximise your chances of bagging them by rocking up at check-in ten hours before the scheduled departure. If it backfires, you’ll have to kill a murderous amount of time in Starbucks, but it worked for Product Manager David Low: “My wife and I were flying to the Dominican Republic. We’d got to Glasgow Airport far too early but at least there was no queue. The check-in lady told us that they had two spare seats in first class, and since we were first to arrive, we could have them for free. So we happily accepted.”5. Be late for your flightBe late without reserving your seat: if you’re lucky and if the flight is overbooked, you might just be able to bag a premium class ticket. However, Joe Sarre, Senior Product Manager in APAC says it “works well at busy times, but it’s a dangerous game! If you’re too late you might miss the check-in time, or they might have already sorted their overbooking problems by giving upgrades to the passengers ahead.” Love flying by the seat of your pants? Check out our top tips for bagging a last-minute holiday. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Check your emailsJoe also recounts that Air France emailed him a couple of times on the day of departure offering a cheap (not free) upgrade. “I’ve twice missed this because I didn’t check my emails close enough to departure. One of these times I had even called the airline to ask if they had any deals and they said no! So keep checking your emails even up to a couple of hours before you fly.”7. Get madSenior Marketing Manager Douglas Cook left it to his mum to get mad. He explains: “My dad had been working in Australia for a month and my mum, my brother and I were flying out to meet him. Qantas overbooked our first flight, made us wait for another, and then at our change disclosed they had done exactly the same thing on our connecting flight. My mum lost her rag, as we were now going to be days late meeting my dad. In the end they put us on a Singapore Airlines flight in first class, which as you might imagine was lovely, and as it left earlier and made good time meant we weren’t that late after all!” 8. Be niceKindness pays, so pay it forward with interest and you could be in first class in the blink of a smile. Andrew Phillips, Senior Technical Manager, recounts his lucky American flight upgrade: “Flying to the US a few years ago, I boarded the plane late (as usual) and there was an old chap sitting down in my seat. The stewardess (who I’d chatted to on the way in) was nearby and heard the guy saying he just wanted to sit next to his wife. I told her I didn’t mind sitting in his seat (it was the row behind I think) and off she went, only to return five minutes later. She asked me to follow her…all the way up to business class!”9. Dress upAnd no, we don’t mean turning up at Stansted as the Blues Brothers. Leave the tracksuit at home and dress as if you’ve just been browsing the FT in the exec lounge – either full-on formal or business casual (pink herringbone shirt, beige chinos, tan brogues) does the job. Having gained a business class upgrade with her boyfriend to South Africa, Talent Acquisition Coordinator Fiona Nimmo advises “looking good, wearing your Sunday best and smiling”. For more holiday fashion tips, follow our guide on what to pack for every kind of trip.10. Try your luckDon’t be afraid to ask for an upgrade, of course they could always say no but what have you got to lose? Dress well, be nice and smile sweetly and a please might just do it you never know. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines:center_img Need more tips to get your holiday off to a good start?How to book the perfect (cheap) flightThinking about your next adventure? Find the perfect flight with Skyscanner’s super search tools and explore the world without making a big hole in your pocket.Handy tips to travel on a budgetWhy pay more than you need to on travel? Cut costs and travel cheaper with Skyscanner’s 20 top tips for slashing the price of your holiday.How to beat the easyJet cabin bagge rulesHere are our top tips for travelling with hand luggage on easyJet.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire QantasBrussels AirlinesAegean Airlines Related7 secrets to getting an upgrade on your next business flightWhat better start to a business trip is there than swapping your cramped economy seat at the back of the plane for the sophistication of a premium cabin at the front? 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