If you have your eye on success, there's a good chance that you dream of flying first-class regularly.
Comfier seats...incredible service...and who can forget: the leg room.
First or business class is a section typically reserved for the famous, elite, or the wealthy, but it doesn't mean it's hands-off to everyone. In fact, no matter what your status, the in-flight upgrades are within your reach. If you want to live the finer flying life without shelling out thousands of dollars, here are the questions you should ask.
1. Is there an opportunity for upgrades on this flight?
Ask and you may receive. Flight upgrades are difficult to get and are even more impossible to attain if you don't ask for them in the first place. Simply and politely ask for one and remember to smile and be positive--flight attendants and employees won't take too kindly to any sense of entitlement you may give off.
2. I don't need my seat--do you need someone to upgrade?
If the flight is oversold, consider telling the agent that you are willing to give up your seat if they need someone to upgrade. Make it clear that you would be happy to volunteer and ask whether you can be upgraded for a future flight.
3. I have been inconvenienced; can I be considered for an upgrade?
Has the airline made a serious error with your reservation? Are they at fault for something that has caused you problems? Airlines want to keep their customers happy--ask about upgrade availability if you have come face to face with an inconvenience because of the airline. If possible, you may even stress that you have been a loyal customer to the airline, and that you have an existing positive relationship with them as well.
4. Am I dressed the part?
If you want to fly first class, dress first class too. Avoid shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops to show that you mean business about sitting in business class. Claire O'Mahoney, assistant manager at online flight booking website Flight Centre, advises looking presentable: "You definitely don't want to look out of place up in the front of the plane, that could annoy full-paying customers and make you feel uncomfortable."