'Land a free first class ticket!' Travel expert shares 6 ways to get a free flight upgrade

5. Dress smart

While dressing in your finest clothes is no guarantee of an upgrade, a smart outfit will certainly enhance your chances of being chosen.

Top paying customers will often be dressed sharper, and airlines will want to ensure anyone they bump to first class looks the part.

Don’t feel the need to dress in anything extravagant. However, just make sure you avoid items that are too casual like flip flops and cargo shorts.

6. Ask politely

Last but not least, one of the best tactics is simply to ask airlines if there is a chance for an upgrade. 

As long as you are polite, there is no reason why this can’t land you a free first class ticket.

This is especially worth trying if you’ve been inconvenienced in any way by the airline; have been delayed, lost your baggage or missed a connection. 

Politely mention that an upgrade would be appreciated, if possible, and stress your loyalty to the airline.

Alternatively, if your flight is for a special occasion, why not try your luck by mentioning it? 

Many airline staff will help to upgrade you if they can to make occasions such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays more special.

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