How to get an upgrade

You’ve read about how I got transfered to business class with Singapore Airlines. That was plain luck. The big question is, how do you get upgraded to business or first class when you check-in? and gives us some tips how:

Resist Outright Bargains
The class of ticket you buy often determines the likelihood of an upgrade. Travelers who buy full-fare coach seats have a better chance at getting into first class than those who choose discounted seats, which often aren’t upgradeable. It’s easiest to find and reserve full fares by talking with a telephone agent directly or using an airline’s online booking system where classes of fares are clearly marked.


I think I’ll stick to buying discounted fares and crossing my fingers, wishing somebody wants to change seats with me. I would love to experience flying first class someday; right now it pains me to look at first class ticket prices. Besides, flying economy is a big part of the aventure, isn’t it? ;)

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. The trick is to accumulate lots of points in a frequent flyer program. I always fly CX and since I’m a ruby (one level up from basic) member, I get upgraded when the flights are full. I just flew from MNL_MELB last week and got upgraded to Biz class for MNL-HKG. Yey!!!

  2. nina says:

    Exactly! I think that’s why I got upgraded for my Melbourne – Manila flight with PAL :D

  3. Paul says:

    As long as I keep at least 25,000 miles in my account, I can use those miles plus $350 for an upgrade to Business or First Class after purchasing an economy ticket. In the case of Business class upgrade, that’s a $5,000 ticket (Dallas to Seoul) for “only” $1300, for example. Well worth it to be able to lay down and sleep on that 13 hr flight! Plus, they loan you Bose noise cancelling headphones, a toiletry amenity kit (slippers, eye shades, toothpaste, etc.).

    And if you can make it all the way to a First Class enclosed suite, they even give you pajamas!

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