How To Get Upgraded When You Fly

How To Get Upgraded When You Fly

Unless you’re fortunate enough to score an upgrade from economy or premium economy on a long haul flight for reasons including your flight being overbooked, there are usually only two other ways to move up to a higher class of cabin – and fly in style. One is to upgrade your ticket at check-in, and pay the difference between the two fares in cash, but this only works if there’s a seat available, and the upgraded seat won’t necessarily be at a cheaper price than normal. By far the most common way to upgrade is using frequent flyer miles, and it’s an option offered by all the premium airlines, with most having at least a couple of seats available on a flight for mileage upgrades. Not all tickets are eligible, however, including heavily discounted ones, and you can only upgrade if you have booked your flight directly with the airline; if you used a travel agency for the ticket, you will need to go back to them to make the request for you. There are also different rules for each airline – and sometimes bonuses. If you’re a member of Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer, for example, you get a discount on the number of miles required if you use miles to upgrade. If Emirates is your airline of choice, however, passengers can upgrade on any type of ticket as late as six hours before departure, and Silver, Gold and Platinum members can upgrade onboard the flight.

2 Comments

ajuros

March 22, 2017 @ 16:08

Yes, not as simple as puppy eyes at the staff anymore.

maebow

March 31, 2017 @ 17:04

Does it help to be well dressed and have a large number of frequent flyer points to get an upgrade? In all my travels it has only happened once to me and it was a wonderful surprise which i thoroughly enjoyed. If it means surrendering my FF points I feel it is justified.

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