10 Tips to Help You Score a Flight Upgrade

You’re tired of economy class. Instead, you want to spend your flight relaxing in first class, soaking up the spacious seats and good food. While there are always going to be situations when first class is full and you’re just out of luck, there are also going to be plenty of opportunities to try to work your way to the front of the plane. Most of the time, the little things that go a long way.

Ready for that flight upgrade you’ve been dreaming of? Here’s a list of tips to help.

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1. Travel during quiet times

Sky Scanner writes that there’s always a better chance of upgrading to business class by booking during times when business travelers may not be flying. Look for holidays that bankers have off when booking your flight.

2. Check upgrade availability frequently

“Although upgrade seats may not be available at the time you [purchase] the coach ticket the inventory for upgrades is constantly changing, right up until the time of departure. You can check with your airline every day or several times a week or you can use an alert service from some online services,” says Expert Flyer.

The best time to check in with airports is typically around 24 hours before your departure. You can also sign up for flight alerts, which allow you to program your flight or preferred flight for an upgrade. The alert will automatically search for open availability and let you know as soon as it’s open, giving you the best chance to scoot on up to the front.