Here's the secret to getting an upgrade on a flight

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Turns out there's something you're doing that's ensuring you won't be picked for an upgrade

Are you ready for it? The one thing you're doing that's stopping you from getting an upgrade is pre-booking your seat. You’re less likely to be upgraded from your economy seats if you’ve already chosen your seat on the flight. 

According to Cosmopolitan when you choose a seat online, “you’re sorted in the airline’s eyes”, and they won’t consider you for an upgrade. If you leave your seating options open, you are more likely to be offered a better place on the plane if the flight isn’t fully booked. 

Upgrade on a flight

Of course, it’s not guaranteed that you'll get an upgrade but if you're happy to risk getting seated in the middle of two other passengers then just go for it. 

Upgrade on a flight

Here are some other tips to score yourself an upgrade on a flight: 

1. Be loyal to an airline

An airline knows exactly how loyal you are to them and they reward their frequent fliers. So where possible always try and fly on the same airline. 

2. Travel alone

If there are just one or two seats available in business they will probably be offered to single travellers first. 

3. Just ask 

It doesn’t hurt just to ask at the check-in desk. You never know your luck. 

4. Have a reason

If you’ve got a more genuine reason such as being exceptionally tall, your pregnant, or even celebrating a honeymoon, birthday or anniversary it will work in your favour. 

A Lufthansa spokesman said:

“It never hurts to ask and offering a reason would certainly improve your chances.” 

We suggest you bookmark this page to reference ahead of your next flight. Happy flying.

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Written By Gemma Prendergast

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