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My German adventure has started off with a bang with me being lucky enough to score an upgrade to business class for both my Perth to Dubai and Dubai to Frankfurt legs. This is the 3rd time I’ve been upgraded now. Whilst I can’t guarantee these tips will definitely work for you, these are some of the factors that I think have contributed to me being thrice lucky thus far.
Breakfast at the Emirates Business Lounge in Perth
1. Be loyal
Stick to one airline and they’re more likely to reward you with an upgrade on full or oversold flights.
2. Turn up early
If the airlines need to move a few people from economy into business and business into first, they’re more likely to offer the upgrades to passengers who have arrived early. Simply put, the early bird catches the worm!
3. Dress the part
The first time I ever scored an upgrade, I was early and dressed smartly in slacks, a dressy shirt and ballet flats. I wasn’t a frequent flyer in those days. I can’t say for sure, but I think that being fairly well dressed on that occasion (no tracksuit and uggs combos!) contributed to my good fortune.
4. Just ask
Again, I don’t know for sure that this works, but the 2nd time I scored an upgrade, there was s couple in the same cabin on their honeymoon, leading me to believe that those stories of casually mentioning that you’re on honeymoon at the check in counter may be real. However, I do personally know people who have simply asked whether an upgrade is available, who ended up being upgraded.
I’m not thick skinned enough to ask directly, but on this occasion, I did ask at the counter whether my bag could be tagged as priority since I’m a gold frequent flyer. The check in person asked to see my card, which led to a whole lot of clacking on the keyboard. Hmm…this is taking longer than usual, I thought, so I asked if it was a full flight. The check in person nodded then slipped a piece of laminated card under my nose. The gist of it was basically that the airline had chosen to upgrade me but I was asked to please be discrete. So there you go – speaking up, whether directly or indirectly, could potentially work for you.
What are your upgrade stories? Any other helpful hints to share?
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