Flight attendant shares ultimate tip to get upgrade – 'it's pretty straightforward'

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Flight attendants can upgrade passengers for a number of reasons, and some lucky ones get to experience the luxury treat of a higher cabin for free. But how can you get it?

“However, we can make your time onboard with us that little bit more comfortable, serve you first, maybe throw in a few freebies, move you to extra leg-room.

“And to get this it’s pretty straightforward, simply treat us with a little bit of respect and courtesy.

“Smile when we smile, acknowledge us, ask us how our day is going and remember that we are people too.

“People whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic.


“We’ve lost friends and colleagues from our aviation family due to redundancies and even the virus itself. It’s been tough, so show some compassion too,” he said.

Nicky Kelvin, travel expert and head of The Points Guy UK, explained “there are several things you can do to increase your chances of scoring an upgrade”.

He said: “Having status with the airline, or the alliance they are part of, is the biggest factor that increases the chances of an upgrade.

“Being loyal to an airline or an alliance can really pay off.”

Nicky revealed the passengers with more possibilities of getting upgraded are solo travellers.

“Generally speaking, airlines will not split up a booking.

“In other words, they won’t upgrade one person when two people are booked to travel together.

“There will, of course, be instances when they will need to upgrade numerous passengers but generally speaking, your chances of being one of those lucky ones is reduced when travelling with others.”

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