Frequent Flyer Reveals the Two Words That Will Get You An Upgrade
No, not ‘pretty please’...
Let’s face it - flying economy and flying business class are WORLDS APART (no pun intended), which is why the holy grail of an upgrade is literally the best thing that can happen to any traveller. Literally.
Think about it - if you had the chance to sit next to Harry Styles (or some other person you find almost inhumanely attractive) in long-haul economy, or get bumped up into a seat that TURNS INTO AN ACTUAL BED, which would you choose? Exactly.
But how to get an upgrade? Films make it look easy, but anyone who’s ever tried the subtle-hints-to-airline-staff-at-check-in-desk or the ‘don’t fancy giving us an upgrade do you?’-jokey-but-actually-deadly-serious line, only to be met with stony silence, will know - it ain’t.
Until now. Maybe. Frequent flier and author Tilly Bagshawe is causing WAVES in the upgrade enthusiast community (aka - anyone reading this article), by claiming to have uncovered the secret to a guaranteed business/first class seat… and it involves just two little words.
Essentially, she explains that revenue management are the people who must ensure a flight is profitable (business/first class seats obviously generate a whole lot of $$$$$$), and are therefore also the people who will tell reservation agents what they can and can’t do.
Her advice is to call reservations and ask: '"Have revenue management released any first-class seats for miles upgrades yet?"
“When they say no, ask them to check or just be put through to revenue management so you can ask when they will release some, as well as how many seats are left.
Then, 'politely respond like this: "You have 20 seats unsold? Why aren't you releasing them?"'
Might sound a bit odd, but Tilly claims she’s had a 100% success rate - which, you know, isn’t bad.
Try it out next time you fly, and see what happens.